Congressman Steven Palazzo (R- Miss)
It all started out very nicely. US Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announce that the Navy would be naming a ship after my Congressman, civil rights icon John Lewis.
Not the most flattering picture, but you get the idea how respected this man is in our district.
So nobody could possibly have any problem with this, right?
At a ship-naming ceremony in January, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced, "Naming this ship after John Lewis is a fitting tribute to a man who has, from his youth, been at the forefront of progressive social and human rights movements in the U.S., directly shaping both the past and future of our nation."
Bill would strip John Lewis of naval ship namesake
But of course, Palazzo's bill has nothing to do with his being offended by the idea of honoring Civil Rights Legends like Chavez or Lewis, or someone whose name has become synonymous with the need to do something to prevent gun violence.
Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.) said believes the naming of ships should be reserved for former presidents, war heroes and people who have served in the military, which neither Lewis (D-Ga.) nor Levin (D-Mich.) did."It's nothing personal against John Lewis," he probably did not add, "it's just the idea of honoring a black person. . .ooogh! Am I right?"
“My amendment has nothing — absolutely zero — to do with John Lewis or any other member of Congress,” Palazzo said in a statement.
So congratulations, Mississippi Congressman Steven Palazzo,