Pledge or No Pledge

Pledges have been in the news lately. Political ones that blur the line between a politician’s personal and political life. I actually feel sorry for some members of the GOP who are being strong-armed into making such pledges. It’s a line in the sand, and one that divides  and makes people often make unrealistic promises.

What if marriages were like that? Marriage involves promise, and a signed document, it’s true. But what if every little thing–tie choice, food preference, toothpaste cap behavior– required a pledge?  I imagine some marriages are like that.

Marriage, like politics, often requires nuance and fluidity. I pledge we get rid of pledges.


About Liza Donnelly

Cartoonist and writer and live drawer for The New Yorker, CBS News. Speaker for TED and others. Books: Women On Men,
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1 Response to Pledge or No Pledge

  1. Rob Husberg says:

    I think pledges should pack their bags, get on a bus with all those #*@>%!
    New Year’s resolutions, and get out of town! And I will do everything I can
    to make that happen…I promise.

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