Sunday, March 28, 2010
Changed My Mind
I was going to write a post about how I was going to copy...I mean, make make an homage to...this Diane Von Furstenburg top. I'd like to buy the top but La Furstenburg, for reasons known only to the teeny tiny fashionista mind, does not make it in my size. Or any size over size 12, for that matter. But I got distracted when I read Ann's blog and read that a customer of hers was proposing a merchant purity test, and was only buying from "Republican Voters". (NAYY, but I do buy my fabric from her. It's great stuff. And I never ask her how she votes.)
Well, to say that I was taken aback would put it mildly. Since our economy is so global now, a person would have to buy handwoven cloth made by Utah Republicans and grown by Texas Cotton growers (all purity tested themselves, mind you) to achieve a level of political correctness sought by this customer. "Are they aware," I asked Mr. Hunting Creek, "that Walmart sources most of their stuff from China, which is A Communist Country?"
Mr. Hunting Creek observed that the Roundheads of Cromwell, the Bolsheviks and the Brownshirts all had followed the same policies, so that this path could lead to a slippery slope of intimidation if we weren't careful. What other groups in history resorted to bricks through windows to intimidate dissenters? (Hint: they aren't nice people)
Of course it's always easier to intimidate dissenters by violence than by persuasion. But it's a dangerous game these people are playing.
We'll make it easy for Little Hunting Creek customers. We'll state right here in print that a portion of our profits every year go to charities that support children and promote social justice. This year alone we've given money to Doctors Without Borders, Smile Train and Catholic Relief. Just yesterday Mr. Hunting Creek gave a bag of groceries to our neighborhood food drive. We're obviously incorrigible. That Lt. Governor from South Carolina who said we shouldn't give food to the poor because they'll breed would be disgusted with us.
Rachel Larimore on Slate wrote that the bad behavior of a few extremists were making Republicans look bad. I couldn't have said it better myself.