The more often than not offensive Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, changed the ship naming rules to give the honor to a Democrat politician who is living and never served. Even ship naming is politicized.
A former Democrat partisan, Sen. Carl Levin will receive the honor of having a destroyer named after him.
It’s rare to name ships after living people and certainly not people who never served but Mabus does whatever he wants and has little concern about Naval history and tradition.
Mabus named a cargo ship in 2011 in memory of leftist labor leader Cesar Chavez. As Rep. Duncan Hunter wrote at the time, the decision was “more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy’s history and tradition.”
Barack Obama as president recommends names as does the Chief of Naval Operations and Naval Historical Center. Congress is invited to suggest.
There can be exceptions of course and Capt. Patrick McNally, a Mabus spokesperson said Levin is an ‘American hero’ for his “long commitment to the nation.”
These hacks are heroes now?
Levin is a leftist and is one of the reasons we need term limits. He is the longest-serving senator in the state’s history, and was ultimately fourth longest-serving incumbent in the U.S. Senate. He did however advocate for the men and women in uniform but so did a lot of Republicans and you will never see their names on ships under a leftist, politicized administration.