When Virginia makes national news, it’s usually over something embarrassingly stupid, and the current flagpole stink is no exception.
If you missed it, we have this 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient named Colonel Barfoot who fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He flies the American flag from a flagpole in his front yard. But his subdivision, Sussex Square, has a no-flagpole rule.
Apparently, they deem flagpoles unsightly, offensive destroyers of property values. Looking at Barfoot’s house, all they see is that filthy flagpole with its garish stars-and-stripey rag flapping at the top. The sight burns their eyes and makes them want to vomit.
I’m betting a lot of people there keep monstrous SUVs sitting in their driveways that could be mistaken for their houses when parked near the mailbox. But that’s OK.
Today’s Richmond Times-Dispatch (which supports Barfoot) used ink it usually devotes to complaints about Garrison Keillor to run letters from Illinois, Maryland, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Texas, all supporting Colonel Barfoot. Virginia’s governor, Tim Kaine, thinks the controversy is “ridiculous.” Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, has said he thinks it’s “silly” that a veteran of 3 wars can’t have a flagpole.
The 2 local letters the RTD chose to print both said (and I paraphrase): Screw Barfoot. We don’t care how many times he risked his life to defend the country. Rules are rules and he should obey.
Since the Civil War, some Virginians seem to think it’s their duty to always fight on the wrong side.
Cats Working applauds Colonel Barfoot’s cat-like refusal to conform. We hope he sticks to his guns.
And here’s a little something for Sussex Square to show them how to herd cats: