In naval shipbuilding there is something called a “Naming Convention.” It is a set of rules that specifies that certain types of ships be named a certain way. For example a Frigate is named for a naval or marine hero. Aircraft Carriers were named after either famous battles like Lexington, or other famous ships from the navy’s history like the Enterprise. But some republican back during Nixon days decided it was best to name them after politicians. That man is Senator John Warner.
He was instrumental in naming one of the new Nimitz class aircraft carriers in honor of former Georgia Representative Carl Vinson. It was the also first Navy ship to be named for someone still living.
That’s right, before this if you had a ship named after you… you had to be DEAD! Then he did it again with the “U.S.S. Ronald Regan” and now it’s the “U.S.S. George Herbert Walker Bush” the one term hero that liberated Kuwait’s oil fields. Woo Hoo! So who signed the approval to name the ship? Of course his son, King Shrub.
When Teddy Roosevelt formalized the naming convention for naval ships the requirement to be DEAD was really important. Ego, political “pay to play,” and general ass kissing was pretty much eliminated since the person being honored was already DEAD. Word is out that John Warner will have a submarine named after him soon. This is the Shrub’s way of thanking him for all he did to have the biggest warship in the world named after his dad. This pitiful display is all about the enormous ego of politicians that think they are god’s gift to man.
But when you think about it why stop at naming a ship after you? Let’s start renaming some of the states. There is a Washington, right?