Meaningful relationships require commitment

After all of the cam-paign glitter has been swept away, I'm worth more than one vote.

President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass, I long for a relationship, but feel that you won’t return my calls anymore. You say that we shared something special, but I’m wondering was it all just to get me into the booth.

You tell me that I will not regret this, that you’ll lower my tuition, that you’ll keep my friends safe in Iraq, that I’ll have a job after graduation and that you’ll always be there for me. During the campaign you wine and dine me. It’s all sweet talk and “I care about your feelings” and “I want to hear what you have to say.” But I don’t want to feel like a cheap date.

In the past, I never got invited to your policy meetings or got introduced to your friends. I even got the feeling sometimes that you are embarrassed to be seen with me. What are you so ashamed of? I service your community, I defend your honor abroad, I work multiple jobs, I shoulder your economic burdens and I still have time to come home at night and listen to how your day at work went.

Plus, I’m a slave for you. I’m willing to knock on doors, telephone strangers, brag about you and tell all my friends what great guys you are. I often fantasize about the possibility of us sharing a committed relationship. I am full of hope for the future and enthusiasm for the present. I have this feeling that this could be more than just a one night stand.

Here and now, I am professing my devotion to you. After all of the campaign glitter has been swept away, I’m still here I’m good for more than just a single vote – I am in this for the long haul. I’ve got tons of ideas and concerns that are worth your attention. You will always be able to count on me for support and advice; I’ll never leave you hanging.

But with my devotion comes a responsibility on your part. I want you to be there for me. I’m going to hold you accountable for all of those promises you made.

In the end, I just want to be appreciated. A relationship means listening to what I have to say, considering my needs when you make a decision, inviting me to your panels, and mentioning me in your stump speeches. For this to work, you are going to have to make me a real part of your life.

All meaningful relationships require strong commitment. I promise to come through on my end if you will do the same. We’ve got so much potential; I can’t let it all just slip away. I guess what I am really trying to ask you is … do you want to go steady?

Amanda Houle works for Youth04. Please send comments to [email protected]