There’s a trend I’m seeing that makes me angry. There are so many military personnel and government employees with the Virginia “Tea Party” vanity license plate. I’m sure there are other states with similar plates, but since I live and work in Norfolk, I’m inundated with the Virginia version.
This goes beyond freedom of expression and crosses into the realm of hypocrisy.
I want to stop all of them and ask them if they enjoy getting their government paycheck every two weeks; if they want to give up all their benefits, allowances, and special pay; if they intend to donate their 30 days of paid vacation per year; if they hate the idea of getting retirement after 20 years, or in many cases, since I know many of them are senior officers, 30 or more.
The prior service individuals who have retired after reaching O-6 or E-9 who are now serving as GS-15s or worse, civilian contractors, are special cases of their own.
These people must be very conflicted having to deal with those horrible exchanges and commissary privileges … especially when the individual is a high ranking officer or senior enlisted person with a special parking space, they must hate themselves and having to look at themselves in the mirror every day.
I guess they don’t care, being such revolutionary firebrands, making their brave and lonely stands at the top of the battlements, their trusty diesel-burning SUV steeds by their sides, no doubt purchased at military discount, their tanks filled with PX fuel….
Dennis Neal is a former Opinions Editor for The News Leader. He now resides in Norfolk where he continues to work in communications.