"Do you know who I am?" - I once uttered a saying with similar nuances, when I was a qualified cadre.

A few years ago when I was working at my old unit, I once had to park a motorbike near the gate of a supreme judicial office in Hanoi. Although I was parked close to the sidewalk, not in the protected area, the soldier still issued "reminders" to request movement. At noon, in the midst of urgent business, I sent a sentence to the soldier, reminiscent of the "dignity" difference between me and him. Though not uncultured like "do you know who I am?" but the meaning is the same.

After saying that, I was startled and hurriedly looked for another place to park. For a long time, every time I read the story "Do you know who I am" in the newspaper or on social networks, I would blush.

Try searching on Google, more than 14.6 million results with the keyword "do you know who I am". Turns out, this sentence has become the mouth of a large number of people who claim to be powerful and powerful in society. Police inspection when violated. Parking vehicles in contravention of regulations. Even trash not in the right place. Entrepreneurs, civil servants, drivers or violating players are ready to say "Do you know who I am?"

Not only in Vietnam, in some countries, the legal transgressions still occur occasionally. In May 2019, Mexican Environment Minister Josefa González Blanco had to submit a resignation after being criticized for making a 38-minute late departure flight to wait for her.

An Aeroméxico 198 flight passenger said that when the plane was about to take off, the pilot announced that they had to return to the runway because of the "presidential order" to receive the delayed passenger, which was the Minister. . Josefa González Blanco called an airline leader to "ask" for the flight delay.

Have you ever abused your intimacy and abused your family's power for personal purposes? Probably yes. Gentle, please give me a place to study off-line. Please check first or a bed capacity in the hospital is overloaded. Or "give my grandchildren a lame staff at the office".

And if you take the time to observe the traffic police points, it is quite clear. The first thing the offender does is not to present the paperwork and talk about the alleged traffic violation, but to withdraw the phone "call a relative". And of course, this solution is sometimes feasible and should be implemented regularly. To the extent that it is rumored, there are stations where the unwritten law is to allow violators to make comfortable phone calls before both parties "get to work".

It is only thanks to that thanks to the people themselves are aware of their lower position, weaker and have to use words, money support. That is, the subject still has to bend over and rub their hands.

But when you're confident "do you know me" then things have been pushed to a new level. It is not begging, thanks to the nuance of an order. Must be confident in how strong the back is, an offender can order such civil servants.

Linguistically, the question "Do you know who I am" is a fairly simple question. But it is not simple. It is a rhetorical question or in other words an affirmation. Here, the subject of the sentence finds himself taller than a few thanks to phone calls. This statement represents an absolute absolute awareness of its potential for abuse. No more negotiating or fumbling like hospital queuing examples or the "flexible help" type.

The nature of the incident, more precisely, is to show inequality before the law. But why are there such big-mouthed people? It is very difficult to explain in a society intertwined with many relationships, including those that are even more burdensome than the upper-level administrative relations.

That's why there are anecdotes like a businessman pointing to the Chairman of the City People's Committee and threatening that "I will let you quit your job". Or an officer for the traffic police handle his job must be transferred. Or about the story told by Mr. Truong Quang Nghia, Secretary of Da Nang City Party Committee, in Son La, there are businesses standing in front of the People's Committee, only the faces of the directors and deputy directors of the office asked, "If you want to do more, tell me ? ".

Certainly, in these anecdotes, there are many stories not far from the truth. There are obviously individuals outside the power system but systematically holding power. There has been the creation of a group of people, although civilian, but essentially filled with power by helping those with economic rights, in charge of "backyard" areas for this person. others.

Interest groups have been established in which powerful people and some individuals inside or outside the system have ambiguous economic, sex, and spiritual relationships. This leads to a "power distribution" situation. As the Fourth Plenum of the Central Executive Committee of the 12th term has determined that "using the assigned power to serve personal interests or for relatives and acquaintances to take advantage of their positions and powers for self-seeking purposes." ".

And we will see "The king's trade" and the "aluminum" theory ... everywhere. The only difference is in the degree of power being abused but the same in that there is always a corrupt official and the power is bought and sold and expressed in the same saying: Do you know who I am?

This article may come to an end. But I suddenly thought, why can't we say something like, "Do you know who I am? I'm a taxpayer to pay you a salary", whenever we encounter harassment. , met officials who always wished for "petty corruption".

Abuse of power is not allowed but it is also advisable to use your power. Use at the right time, right place.

Tran Anh Tu