Knitting and Politics – Again
A yarn vendor mixed knitting and politics in a way that is starting to annoy the shit out of me. Recently, a yarn vendor whose yarn I really like posted the following on social media:
“For me, this presidential election is about choosing between 2 slices of moldy bread. They’ll both probably make me sick, but since I have to eat one of them, I’d rather have the whole wheat instead of the bleached flour. At least there’s some nutritional content in whole grains.”
Not Again – Can’t We Keep Knitting and Politics Separate?
Just to be clear about where I come from, my first choice for the Democratic nominee for President wasn’t Joe Biden. He honestly wasn’t in my top three. That being said, I am going to vote in November and my vote for President will definitely go to the person most likely to beat Trump. It would have been Kamala if she was the nominee, or Bernie, or Elizabeth, or Amy, or Pete…etc.
I also think that if you want a more progressive agenda from the Democratic nominee, criticizing him like the post above isn’t the way to do it. If you really want to pursue a shift away from Wall Street-owned politics…away from the corporatocracy, then start demanding that the presumed Democratic candidate move toward that.
For instance, I really would love to see some form of universal healthcare in this country. Joe seems to be the least likely candidate to pursue that. In addition to being beholden to the corporations lobbying against it, he’s also invested in protecting Obama’s legacy. But we do have some leverage here. All the people that supported Bernie and Elizabeth should lobby Joe to consider changing his position. Do I think that’s likely? No. Do I think comparing him as “almost as bad” as the current POS POTUS will make him change his mind? Again, no.
Two of my Facebook friends have been highly critical of Joe as the Democratic candidate. Both have made it clear they will vote for him in November anyway. They use that as their rationale for making the criticisms okay. One of them also figures that since he’s in New York State, his vote won’t matter anyway, so he’s free to let loose on Joe with harsh critiques.
I would suggest that if your really want change, work towards it. Stop bemoaning what we have and try to make the best of it.
Especially if your harsh words of condemnation go out far and wide to people whose vote might just make a difference in November.
I think this post and the recent post uses up my annual allotment of political posts. Especially political posts that are U.S.-centric and probably boring as shit to my non-U.S. readers. Thank you all for indulging me and letting me vent a bit.
A Different Yarn Vendor
I love the yarn produced by the person quoted above. So, I will continue to patronize his business, and recommend others do as well.
But (as noted in an earlier blog post) my fickle eye was drawn to urth’s Uneek yarns on The Perfect Purl’s web site.
In answer to the Pop Quiz, I ended up ordering Colorways 14 and 08. And I couldn’t be more pleased when they arrived yesterday.
Can’t wait to try these beauties out. And they feel as wonderful as they look.
I’ve been distracted and unfocused the last couple of days, but I still added an inch or two to the Danao Cowl by Crafty Lukas.
Yes, I’m aware that this looks like the same photo as Wednesday, but it’s not. Please understand, I am fully enjoying this project and will make sure distractions don’t keep me from working diligently on it.