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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Knitters get the last laugh

Karlyn Borysenko voted for Pete Buttigieg in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary on Tuesday, and within 24 hours, she became a darling of supporters of President Donald John Trump. Hers is a tale of how social justice warriors are killing their own cause by politicizing everything.

In her case knitting.

Borysenko follows the news and votes. She attended a Democrat rally featuring all the candidates, and a few days later attended President Trump's rally in New Hampshire.

She wrote on Tuesday, "If you had told me 3 years ago that I would ever attend a Donald Trump rally, I would have laughed while assuring you that was never going to happen. Heck, if you had told me I would do it 3 months ago, I probably would have done the same thing. So, how did I find myself among 11,000+ Trump supporters in Manchester NH? Believe it or not, it all started with knitting.

"You might not think of the knitting world as a particularly political community, but you’d be wrong. Many knitters are particularly active in social justice communities and love to discuss the revolutionary role that knitters have played in our culture."

Knitters are a tight group. Many of them socialized at the Ravelry site. Then social justice warriors got in on the act, and started banishing Trump supporters.

Holly Scheer wrote on September 3, 2019, "For those who don’t knit or crochet, Ravelry’s newer policy of barring patterns, projects, and even talk of President Trump might seem like no big deal. Who cares what happens on a site for fiber arts if you’re not a user? But everyone needs to care. It’s a sign of the increasing lengths to which people will go to create and maintain echo chambers, places their ideas can proliferate unchallenged and unchecked. Once there, they can forget the rest of our society and what really makes us a community."

This purge was heartbreaking. Being banished from Ravelry upset a few readers and they let me know. I tried to comfort them. I knew intuitively the bullies would regret this.

The purge was not confined to Ravelry. Liberals harassed knitters on Instagram.

Borysenko wrote, "I started paying attention after one man who was attacked got mobbed so badly that he had a nervous breakdown and was admitted to the hospital on suicide watch. There was something that was not right (well, so many things really) and it witnessing the vitriol coming from those who I had aligned myself with politically was a massive wake up call.

"You see, I was one of those Democrats who considered anyone who voted for Trump a racist. I thought they were horrible (yes, even deplorable) and had worked very hard to eliminate their voices from my spaces by unfriending or blocking people who spoke about their support of him, however minor their comments. I watched a lot of MSNBC, was convinced that everything he had done was horrible, that he hated anyone that wasn’t a straight, white man, and that he had no redeeming qualities."

For every action there is an unintended reaction.

Mobbing the weak is plain wrong, and Americans have a low tolerance for picking on people.

Borysenko decided to see what all the fuss about The Donald was about.

She wrote, "So I headed over an hour and a half before the doors were scheduled to open (which was 4 hours before Trump was set to take the stage) and the line already stretched a mile away from the entrance to the arena. As I waited, I chatted with the folks around me. And contrary to all the fears expressed, they were so nice! I was not harassed or intimidated and was never in fear of my safety even for a moment. These were average everyday people. They were veterans, school teachers, and small business owners and they had come from all over the place for the thrill of attending this rally. They were upbeat and excited. In chatting, I even let it slip that I was a democrat and the reaction was 'Good for you! Welcome!'

"Once we got inside, the atmosphere was jubilant! It was more like attending a rock concert than a political rally. People were genuinely enjoying themselves. Some were even dancing to music being played over the loudspeakers! It was so different than any other political event I had ever attended. Even Obama in 2008 didn’t feel like this.

"I had attended an event with all of the Democratic contenders just two days prior in exactly the same arena and the contrast was stark. First, Trump completely filled the arena all the way up to the top. Even with every major Democratic candidate in attendance the other night, and the campaigns giving away free tickets, the Democrats did not do that. With Trump, every single person was unified around a singular goal. With the Democrats, the audience booed over candidates they didn’t like and got in literal shouting matches with each other. With Trump, there was a genuinely optimistic view of the future. With the Democrats, it was doom and gloom. With Trump, there was a genuine feeling of pride of being an American. With the Democrats, they emphasized that the country was a racist place from top to bottom."

The bottom line is just that. She voted for Buttigieg and then left the Democrat Party.

She ended her column, "I think the Democrats have an ass-kicking coming to them in November, and I think most of them will be utterly shocked when it happens because they’re existing in an echo chamber that is not reflective of the broader reality. I hope it’s a wake-up call and causes them to take a long look in the mirror and really ask themselves how they got here. Maybe then they’ll start listening. I tend to doubt it, but I can hope."

Maybe she will vote for President Trump. Maybe not. But I do know that she has walked away from Democrats after seeing how liberals abused others.

11 comments:

  1. I am just sorry that it took her so long to find out. 3+ years of fearing the boogie man because of the Liberal lies and hoaxes. So sad.

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  2. “Jesus changed my heart, and Reagan changed my mind.” It’s happening again!

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  3. Sounds like the liberal fiber arts group needs to put more fiber in their diet.

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  4. Involuntarily red-pilled.

    And this is playing out over and over and over the matrix.

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  5. My moment came in 1993 as I watched in horror as Hillary Clinton used the FBI to frame an innocent man, Billy Dale of the Travel Office. Turns out, she was just getting started.

    The guy wasn't a threat to her or even a political opponent. But it looked bad that she took his job for her pals, so she had him railroaded. It was gratuitously evil. And there was no Democrat who would stand up to the bully like this knitter did.

    Later, on their way out of office, the Clinton-Rodham Gang were selling pardons like any hayseed corrupt governor might do. A few Democrats got mad at the Clintons, but all was soon forgotten. The US ATTY. who gave them a pass? A guy named Jim Comey.

    Welcome, sistah.

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  6. Knitters are a tight group.
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    Just missed it.

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  7. My wife, a knitter and crocheter, used to spend a lot of time on Ravelry until this policy was put in place. The only time she goes there now is when she needs one of the patterns she saved. Good for Dr. Borysenko for walking away.

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    1. Just curious, are there Knitters on Twitter? It just sounds good.

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