National Honors Society(NHS) is an organisation ignored by most, except to ocassionally poke fun at friends foolish enough to join. I, however, was intrigued. After hours of research, interviews, wild speculation, observation, and unfounded claims I began to suspect that NHS was a front for something far more sinister.
Two of NHS's component's made me suspicious:

1) Did an organisation devoted entirely to bake sales seem feasable? Where was all this money going?


2) Why did such an altruistic organisation have such elitist regulations on who could enter? Were students with high GPAs more qualified to sell baked goods? Even if NHS's primary goal was community service as they claimed, why was membership restricted to those with high grades?

In an NHS bake sale, the "members" bake cookies, muffins, brownies, etc. to be sold to other students. The monies needed to purchase ingredients come from members' own pockets to further increase profit margins. What is actually done with capital generated by these bake sales is far less clear. I have two theories. The first is that the money is sent to the National Honors headquarters in Virginia, where the wealthy head of NHS profits. The second is that the proceeds from the foolhardy students' baked treats is given to the Democratic Party. This connection will be explained in more detail later on. A small amount of revenue is used to fund community service projects with budgets Liliputian in comparison with the annual income of a single chapter of NHS. The primary purpose of funding "community events" is to mask NHS's real agenda. However, these events are done very rarely, giving credence to my claims.

Why the selectiveness in choosing members? There are many benefits to allowing only students that excel academically into the programme. First when the number of memberships is limited, it keeps demand high. Students feel that they are special when selected, and have a fear of losing their annoited status. This gives NHS officials the ability to use expulsion from the group as a an effective scare tactic. Still, why did people have such a desire to enter the organisation? Was the appeal of feeling superior to fellow classmates enough, or did the students simply enjoy baking and selling without being told what the profits are used for? Perhaps the students were na�ve enough to believe that joining would be a great way to help the community. Upon questioning NHS members, many of them told me that being in NHS helped them get into good schools. I was initially skeptical of such claims. Why would someone in NHS be more desireable than a person who simply had good grades and did community service independently? Surely the colleges knew NHS was a scam? Yet, it seemed that it was true that NHS got accepted into competitive colleges more often than otherwise comparable students. I hoped I would be able to find answers by reading the National Honors Society's constitution. Two things stuck out. NHS used lots of politically-correct language(nonselection rather than rejection, for example) and it seemed to favour public schools. Both are attributes typical of the left-leaners known to the American public as Democrats. Pieces of the puzzle were beginning to fit. It is a well-known fact that academia is overwhelmingly Democratic. The connection is now obvious: NHS chapters raise funds which are given to the Democratic Party; the students are then given priority over non-NHS members by the colleges which have allied themselves with the Dems. This keeps interest in NHS high and revenue for the Democratic Party steady.

My local chapter of NHS made nearly ten thousand dollars by selling candy and baked goods. This is more than enough for Democratic Party to pay for John Kerry to get a haircut. Multiply that by the thousands of NHS chapters nationwide, and it becomes even more amazing John Kerry's hair looked so ridiculous. Are NHS members aware that they are merely pawns in a grand scheme? Upon investigation, it seems not. The National Honors Society wants it to remain this way, as exposure of their partisan ties would scare off many applicants. Because of this, any NHS official, officer, etc. will deny any claims of ties with any other organisation.