On Considered Choices

…or not

In 1946, 17 year-old Cesar Chavez enlisted in the Navy, spending what he would later describe as “the two worst years of my life.”

“Naming a ship after Cesar Chavez goes right along with other recent decisions by the Navy that appear to be more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy’s history and tradition,” [Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, said

Hunter, who served as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, said that if the Navy wanted to recognize “the Hispanic contribution to our nation, many other names come to mind.”

Hunter mentioned Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, killed in combat in Iraq and nominated for the Medal of Honor.


  1. logdogsmith
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 8:40 am |

    What’s next? The USS John A. Walker?

  2. SteveHGraham
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:20 am |

    I can’t believe they bypassed Charo again. Where is the justice?

  3. dick not quite dead white guy
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:31 am |

    Done by the same guy schmuck who decided to name a sub after Carter before he was even dead.

  4. MCPO
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:51 am |

    Your Navy is being squandered on the altar of PC. This is the least of it.

  5. joe
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:53 am |

    Wait til the USS TRANSGENDER hits the waves.

  6. DougM (jackassophobe)
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:57 am |

    Cesar Chavez was a lying commie agitator.

    logdogsmith (1) beat me to it.

  7. bigviking
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:14 am |

    Why not the USS Freddie Prinz…….
    Let’s face it Chavez was a Mexican and a union organizer….the Demo’s can’t resist……It would have been the USS Che if they thought about it…..

  8. Cheesy
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:27 am |

    I did not know the Navy had lettuce-picking ships.
    Learn something new every day.

  9. bocopro
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 10:59 am |

    You wanna honor Latino or Hispanic, whichever, and go with a Chicano, do it the right way, like Tango Mike Mike:


  10. FORGER
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 11:18 am |

    This is small taters…

    Wait ’til they christen the U.S.S. Jugears Clusterfuck McOverpar….

    You know it’s coming……

  11. rickn8or
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm |

    If I had a set of orders to the USS Murtha, I’d go UA.

  12. mech
    Posted May 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm |

    When I first read about it, I frew up in my mouf more than a little.

    This is a bigger offence than the sub named after th epeanut guy.

  13. Posted May 19, 2011 at 8:59 pm |

    Details: This is a Lewis & Clark dry cargo ship. The first such ship is the …. wait for it … “USNS Lewis and Clark”.

    Here’s the rest of those ships:

    (From Wiki – the URL wouldn’t post; look for “lewis and clark dry cargo ship”.)

    A few names:
    Alan Shepard
    Richard E. Byrd
    Robert E. Peary
    Amelia Earhart

    All significant figures from American and Naval history (for the first 12). Nr 13 is the USNS Medgar Evers. USNS Cesar Chavez is Nr 14. It wouldn’t surprise me if some years down the line, they christen (you’ll excuse the expression) USNS Barack Obama, at which he’ll look down and say, “Aw, shucks, you shouldn’t have”.