I don't know about you, but I was disheartened to the point of paralysis by the events in Tucson, and by the steadfast refusal of some folks to step back from hateful rhetoric. I have spent a lot of time and thought over the last two years and more, trying to figure out how to encourage thoughtful and respectful public discourse when a not-insignificant group of people refuses to see the importance of such mutual conversations. What has caused me even more distress is the fact that these hatemongers are not abjured by those for whom they claim to speak. Where are the people who should be saying: No. You don't stand for me. I may share some of your goals, but I do not want my goals promoted with hate and fear.
I'll tell you where some of them are. They're right here among our fellow knitters. And I'll also tell you how glad I am that Ellen and Alison haven't been paralyzed, but instead have decided to do what knitters do best: to knit, and to use that knitting to remind people of their common humanity. They have begun a project called Warm Hats Not Hot Heads, with the goal of getting people to knit hats for as many of our Congressional representatives as possible, to remind them that, in the end, we all have the same basic needs even if we go about getting those needs met in different ways, and that respectful discourse is crucial in working together as a nation to meet our common goals.
Looks like I'll be knitting some hats this month. Who wants to join me?