Iíve never considered myself much of a group joiner.

Iíve never considered myself much of a group joiner. But when I started thinking about the subject, I surprised myself with how many Iíve hooked up with. Could I be a closet groupie?

Way back I was a Cub Scout, transitioning into Boy Scouts and eventually into Explorers. What great resources those organizations were to young folks. Hopefully, theyíre still thriving.

At UNC-Chapel Hill, I pledged a fraternity, because it appeared to be the ďthingĒ to do. On campus I became a member of the chess club, not for the game but because there were so many girls in the group.

As a young adult, I joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce, which evolved into the Jaycees. Again I figured it was the ďthingĒ to do.

It was my first and only venture into any sort of civic service. One very important constitutional element of their creed has always stuck with me: ďGovernment should be of laws rather than of men.Ē

I joined Mensa just because I could. Later in life I joined the AARP for strictly practical reasons. I dislike their politics, but their insurance supplement plans are great. I was willing to dance with the devil for great coverage.

A year or so ago I joined the NRA because liberals didnít like the organization. Some of Obamaís mouthpieces sold me on the idea. I was happy to pony up the $25 annual dues as a thorn in their side.

Additionally over the past few years Iíve made it a point to buy a few guns. I like guns, and I like my right to own them. Itís amusing that the anti-gun people have probably sold more weapons in the past few years than all pro-gun advertising combined. Kismet.

Well imagine my surprise this week to learn that Iíve become a member of yet another group, one I hadnít heard of. According to the wildly flapping left wing of the Democratic Party, I now belong to the ďBlack Helicopter Crowd.Ē

As far as I can tell, the only requirement for entry is rejecting the lying nonsense liberals squawk. By that measure Iím fully qualified. Iím not sure what all of this has to do with Igor Sikorskyís invention but wonít worry about it too much.

Coming from a political party that has done just about everything possible to wreck this country over the last five years, itís surprising their promotion of this ďBlack Helicopter CrowdĒ offers economic positives. Even as Iím typing this Iím sure small entrepreneurs around the country are busy designing T-shirts with BHC logos.

Black Helicopter stuff wonít be hard to sell. Iíll buy assuming the product is high quality and made in the USA.

Liberals do have affectations branded by Obama, such as his ďsignatureĒ fist bump. We BHC folks wonít have anything like it, although Iíll be happy to donate my personal ďsignatureĒ Gardner finger wave for their use.

Itís not copyrighted; I saw it twice today while driving. I think Iíll fit in nicely with this outfit.

Otis Gardnerís column appears here weekly. He can be reached at ogardner@embarqmail.com.