by: Brent Smith
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I frankly can’t believe I’m even writing about this, but it really ticks me off to see a simple, well-established hand gesture garner so much ire from leftists.
But I guess I should no longer be surprised by anything they do or get upset over anymore.
This past weekend at the Army / Navy game, both Army Cadets and Navy Midshipmen – or should I now use midship-person. Yeah – I don’t think so.
Anyway, a few of both were caught on camera flashing some derivation of the “okay” hand signal. This sent leftist social media into a complete meltdown.
It seems that this well-established military hand signal has been bastardized for a couple of new purposes. One just silly and one thought to be nefarious.
Now being that these young men and women are all enrolled in elite American military academies, it’s unlikely that the “okay” signal was meant to signify anything but silliness. And for those unfamiliar, the silliness is a version of what we called “Punch-Buggy,” where you would punch your friend in the arm if you were to see a Volkswagen Beetle before they did. As you punched your friend, you would say: “punch buggy – no punch back,” meaning they had to take it and weren’t allowed to retaliate. Like I said – silliness.
This “updated” version is that you hold up the “okay” sign, with index finger and thumb touching to form an “O” and the other three fingers extended. If you catch someone looking at the circle formed by the thumb and finger, you can apparently punch them.
However, it’s been rumored that the “okay” sign has been highjacked by white supremacists and used as a sign of “white power.”
Yes, of course it has.
What’s with the left’s deranged preoccupation with white supremacists? There are just not that many of them. Not every white person has a supremacist buried deep inside just waiting for the right moment to spring forth. But you’d think that the case with all the attention the real racists idiots get. I guess like Christians, they’re an easy target.
Naturally, the now-wicked “okay” sign has threatened the sensibilities of the “Sally” set – those who are perpetually offended by everything. These weak-kneed wastes of space, it seems, spend their days just searching for ways to be offended. I mean – what kind of hollow existence must one have to feel “imperiled” by a hand gesture – any hand gesture.
And may I remind us all that being offended is a choice, and one that works every time. If you choose not to be offended by words or a simple hand gesture, you won’t be – which is where the old saying, “sticks and stones” came from.
This “hand gesture,” the okay sign has been in use by the military for as long as I can remember. And everyone knows it, and knows its meaning.
When one is in a position where one cannot communicate verbally, many hand signals are utilized with those who have a line of sight to your position. Or, if one is underwater, these signals are even more essential.
In any event, it may be your only means of basic silent communication – signals indicating movement – halt orders – form on me – cover me – all clear – no go, etc. And of course the now controversial “okay” sign.
Now in days gone by – like during the mass-social experimentation of the Obama era, I could actually see the military dictating that the “okay” signal be replaced by some PC gesture, although I don’t know what the hand signal for Unicorns and rainbows would be. But with our current no-nonsense Commander-in-Chief, thankfully I don’t have that same fear.
Let’s hope this is the case and the “okay” remains okay.