Camaraderie is Key

I mentioned during my post-election-night post, that after 9pm I was on a zoom video conference with eight conservative friends and friends of friends.  And I’ve got to say that was more fun than I’ve had in a good long while.  It was energizing and enjoyable and interesting.  And I think it makes sense to tap into that idea going forward.  Sure, it’s great to reach out to folks all over the country and that is what I do with this website but it makes sense to combine that with local networks of people.

I haven’t figured out how to grow that idea.  Maybe I can come up with some kind of template to help people recruit their friends and associates.  I’ve been thinking about having a get together of my local group.  Problems with the COVID panic here in New England makes it difficult.  All kinds of difficulties exist that restrict what people can do but it occurred to me that a zoom party might be something easy.  And I’d like to start by just throwing it out there that if you haven’t thought of having a get together by computer it might turn out to be a lot of fun for you and your friends too.

What makes sense is to start with some kind of basis for the get together.  It doesn’t have to be anything really important or even political.  In fact, if it’s something trivial that might be all the better but I think you should have at least some kind of excuse.  I always try to coordinate food and drink to add that aspect to the event and make it feel a little more like an actual get together.  As far as the duration I would say make it open ended but if things are running out of steam then call an end.  And you may find that a few people have to leave but others want to keep going.  That’s fine too.

As far as number of people I’m guessing that between five and fifteen might be a good guess as to practical range.  Fewer than that is more of a private conversation and more than that might get unmanageable as far as people talking over each other.  But these are only guesses on my part based on what I saw with eight.

As far as frequency, I’d go with the P. T. Barnum adage, “Always leave them wanting more.”  Too frequent occurrences will exhaust the topics of conversation and the appetite for this sort of thing.  There should be enthusiasm for the event or there’s no reason to have it.  But I think the revelation that a get together, even a virtual get together, is fun will spark interest in continuing the practice and hopefully when the lockdowns end will move on to real occasions where people on our side gather and socialize.

I haven’t determined whether the He Man Woman Hater’s Club is still a copyrighted phrase.  If not, I think it would capture the spirit if not the substance of what I would want my organization to be about.  But that is a minor point.  The main thing is to get people talking and enjoying life in these troubled times.

He-Man Woman Haters Club or the Royal Order of Raccoons?

As is my way I’m trying to come up with the name of something before the something even exists.  I’ve become intrigued with the idea of starting a fraternal order that would provide a place for people like me to feel at home.  Both of the names in the title are imaginary societies that appeared in popular tv shows when I was a kid.  The He-Man Woman Haters Club was where the Little Rascals congregated when they were having trouble with Darla or the other girls in the neighborhood and the Racoon Lodge is where Ralph and Ed retreated to when Alice and Trixie were nagging them about the dumpy apartments, they lived in.  Of course, these names may be under copyright protection but any name will do as long as the ground rules are right.

Rule 1 – All voting members will be married men.  They have to be men because women are a nuisance.  They have to be married because wisdom only comes through suffering and no one suffers as much as married men.  Unmarried men are welcome but cannot vote.

Rule 2 – All memberships will be approved by me based on interviews and recommendations of people I can vouch for.  Memberships can be revoked any time someone stops fitting the membership criteria.  I decide the criteria and can change them anytime I deem it necessary.  It’s a flexible system and should prove robust.

Rule 3 – The women’s auxiliary is made up exclusively of wives who can make sandwiches.  They have no standing in the organization other than to assist the members, cheer at sporting events, chaperone children’s activities and make sandwiches (and other designated foodstuffs).  If any wife becomes a nuisance she will be ejected and her husband will be liable for the offense up to and including expulsion.  Girlfriends of unmarried members can join the auxiliary but must get along with the wives.  Any member who has a wife and a girlfriend will have to sort that out himself.

Rule 4 – All children’s activities must be chaperoned by the parents or legal guardians of the children attending.  This is key.  People should care enough to spend time with their kids.  If you don’t want to why would we?

Rule 5 – No member can openly espouse Democrat, progressive, communist, socialist, globalist, anti-American or any other pinko sentiments.  You can be an atheist if you refrain from annoying religious people about it.  The organization is innately pro-God because God has always done right by me.  But we are not denominational.  God only talks to me when I’m alone and won’t allow me to tell anyone else what religion he belongs to.  Sorry.

Rule 6 – Men will wear pants at all times.  This is very important.  We are Americans and American men wear pants.  End of story.  You Scots are out of luck.

Rule 7 – Whenever in the course of a meeting or in organizational documents a pronoun is used for a person of indeterminate sex the masculine form will be used.  If this bothers you then you’re in the wrong club.

Other rules equally idiosyncratic will follow as I get around to making them up.  Suffice it to say that I will provide rules to prevent all the behaviors that annoy me in everyday politically correct arenas.  No make-believe pronouns, no gender equality, no weirdos of any kind (other than my kind of weirdos).

I am openly soliciting a name for this noble fraternal organization.  And if you can think of anything that needs to be added to the rules or if you have other comments, such as, “you must be insane!” then just leave them in the comment section below.

Yours in fraternal benevolence,

photog (AKA, the High, Exalted, Mystic Grand Master General)

 

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