“There is one thing…that must be attempted and most sacredly observed, or we are all undone. There must be decency and respect and veneration introduced for persons of every rank, or we are undone. In popular government, this is our only way.” -- John Adams
This hat was hand knit with care for you. Many of your colleagues will also be receiving hats from knitters of all political stripes and from all around the nation.
Why a hat? Knit hats meet a simple need for warmth. They are an every day comfort. Everyone can use a good hat.
Civil political discourse also meets a simple need - the need for our government to have the best information and insights from many viewpoints. It would be an every day comfort to me and many other Americans if the airwaves were free of hate-filled rhetoric, and it would lead to good government. As I’m sure you agree, everyone can use good government.
Thank you for your service, and best regards,
By now, I'm sure many of you have heard about the Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads campaign begun by knit-bloggers TwinSetEllen and SpinDyeKnit. If not. . . check out information here, here, or here. (There is also a Facebook page; just search "Warm Hats, Not Hot Heads.")
Join in! Knit a hat for your Congressperson. Send it with a letter by February 28. Demand polite, respectful discourse. It's time. Stand and be counted!
(And here's a special challenge to my fellow-Michiganders: There are PLENTY of Michigan Congresspeople without hat-knitters! Join me! Let's make sure our Michigan representatives receive some hats.)
PS -- On my Ravelry page, this hat is named for a CSNY song - Stand and Be Counted. I couldn't find a decent YouTube video version of the song, so you'll just have to hum along in your head.