One of my favorite southern adages is “every chicken has feathers”

One of my favorite southern adages is “every chicken has feathers,” a phrase I use in place of the more scholastically proper, “unintended consequences.” Such consequences are defined as outcomes neither foreseen nor intended by a purposeful action.

These “feathers” can be grouped into three types: Unexpected benefit, unexpected drawback, or perverse result, which in southern vernacular is often referred to as a “backfire.” Often perverse results are preceded by the statement, “Hey, hold my beer and watch this!”

I bring this up because recent efforts from certain groups have produced interesting unintended consequences. Last week another battle in the ongoing war against police erupted in Charlotte based upon a narrative created for the purpose.

Certainly these protesters may have just cause for their anger, but causing mayhem has little to do with seeking justice. Every police shooting isn’t reason to pull out the bullhorns and compose parrot chants.

There’s absolutely no doubt that every now and then a bad apple gets to wear a badge and uniform, but that’s a tiny statistical anomaly nowhere close to the norm. Because of drumbeat assaults upon law enforcement from racial and political sources, the general public’s reaction has been one of growing support.

Whenever I’m having breakfast or lunch in a restaurant, if I see police or deputies in uniform I generally ask my waitress to quietly give me their check. Unless I can preserve absolute anonymity, I don’t do it.

That’s simply a tiny way I can silently say “thank you” for doing a really tough job necessary if we’re to have a civilized society. Lately I think such sentiments are growing as evidenced by what happened to me a couple of weeks ago.

I was in Cracker Barrel and saw two Jacksonville policemen across the room. I asked my server to slip me their check with my standard privacy admonition. She came back to my table and said somebody else had gotten it before me, and in fact there were five different attempts to pay for that same check!

I was glad so many folks are compelled to say, “thank you.” Those waging war on law and order have created a groundswell of appreciation of the very people they’re trying to denigrate, which I’m sure wasn’t their intent.

The most blatant unintended consequence created by our political ruling class is something no amount of promotion or advertising could’ve accomplished. Obama, Hillary and their ilk have sold guns and ammunition at an astounding rate.

Firearms companies should get together and erect a huge statue to this bunch in appreciation for their soaring businesses. I haven’t researched the numbers but wouldn’t be surprised if NRA memberships are likewise roaring.

Long ago I joined that organization just because Democrats didn’t want me to. I celebrated by buying two new guns.

Public empathy toward law enforcement personnel and Second Amendment freedoms are a crystal clear example of unintended consequences of the Democratic socialist nonsense they’ve been regurgitating. Hopefully Hillary and company will continue attacking gun owners and law enforcement personnel.

Perhaps enough Americans will say “hand me my ballot and watch this,” sending her and her posse packing.

Otis Gardner can be reached at ogardner@embarqmail.com.