I’ve never considered myself much of a group joiner. But when I started thinking about the subject, I surprised myself with how many I’ve 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, they’re still thriving.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, I pledged a fraternity, because it appeared to be the “thing” 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 “thing” 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: “Government should be of laws rather than of men.”
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 didn’t like the organization. Some of Obama’s 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 I’ve made it a point to buy a few guns. I like guns, and I like my right to own them. It’s 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 I’ve become a member of yet another group, one I hadn’t heard of. According to the wildly flapping left wing of the Democratic Party, I now belong to the “Black Helicopter Crowd.”
As far as I can tell, the only requirement for entry is rejecting the lying nonsense liberals squawk. By that measure I’m fully qualified. I’m not sure what all of this has to do with Igor Sikorsky’s invention but won’t 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, it’s surprising their promotion of this “Black Helicopter Crowd” offers economic positives. Even as I’m typing this I’m sure small entrepreneurs around the country are busy designing T-shirts with BHC logos.
Black Helicopter stuff won’t be hard to sell. I’ll buy assuming the product is high quality and made in the USA.
Liberals do have affectations branded by Obama, such as his “signature” fist bump. We BHC folks won’t have anything like it, although I’ll be happy to donate my personal “signature” Gardner finger wave for their use.
It’s not copyrighted; I saw it twice today while driving. I think I’ll fit in nicely with this outfit.
Otis Gardner’s column appears here weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.