The Chief from Virginia Beach and his vacuous symbolism.

I used to call them platitudes.

They devolved to virtue signals.

I’m talking about this kind of irksome foolishness. I’ve given it a new name.

Virginia Beach Police Chief, James Cervera (I will not repeat his name) held a somber press conference in which he announced (with Serious Face) that his department will only name the suspect in yesterday’s mass shooting that left 12 people dead once. Just once.

As if performing some great feat of benevolence, and for the dignity and respect to all that is righteous and dignified in this world, he will never utter the name again.

Oh, the name?

DeWayne Craddock, of course.

The new phrase for this sanctimoniousness?

Vacuous Symbolism.

Pathetic displays of virtue that everyone knows don’t matter at all, and in fact, accomplish nothing other than alerting the world to the fact that the person uttering said stupidity lives in a blinded bubble of pernicious irrelevance.

Who are you trying to please and why do we care, Police Chief of Virginia Beach?

What else is there about “DeWayne” will you not repeat? I have one guess…