I share your sentiment: sorry she got shot, happy she survived, and hopeful she makes as full a recovery as is possible.
I would just modify the question you asked to be specific to the Navy/naval services:
“Prior to being shot, what acts in support of the U.S. Navy/naval services did Representative Giffords perform that were so outstanding that they merit naming a US Navy combatant ship after her?”
But then again, this is the same administration that gave us the USS John P. Murtha (LPD-26).
This is appalling. It is the zenith of the idiocy that has crept in over the years in the naming of ships.
As a Navy veteran, and the son of a 30 year career naval veteran, this type of thing means something. I have always felt that ships were more than just pieces of metal, that over the years they do become imbued with something more than the inanimate parts that compose them.
The naval service I think died in a way some years back. It isn’t the Navy that men like my father knew, or even the one that I knew.
This was driven home for me recently when I watched the PBS series Carrier. I was disgusted at the attitudes displayed by the naval personnel in this series.
Anybody who has ever served in the military understands that many people who volunteered to go in, often don’t like being there, or wish they were out or back home. That’s a given.
And I do understand that this was PBS, a leftist organization that is going to do its darndest to portray an institution such as the U.S. Navy in the most negative light that it possibly can, but I simply could not stomach watching it.
The pussification and political correctness that I saw was sickening. I guess if I had to categorize it, it was the Oprahfication of the military, and this one happened to be the U.S. Navy on display.
And now this. I’m a loss for words. It’s not that I harbor any ill will towards this person Giffords in particular, or even at all. It just galls me to think that theirs were so many more deserving people of this great honor of having a ship named after them, that to see an insignificant leftist hack whose only claim to fame was that she was shot and injured by someone who didn’t think she was as left as she should’ve been.
I just can’t believe this.