What is up with Britain bestowing an honorary knighthood to Sen. Ted Kennedy? Are they so desperate to include a drunken womanizer to their ranks?
An article in The Times of London explained that because Kennedy is not a British subject, he can't actually go by “Sir Ted”. He will have “K.B.E.,” for “Knight of the British Empire,” after his name. (Actually I think in this case it stands for King-sized Brandied Embarrassment)
Honestly, if I didn't think Gordon Brown was an idiot before, I certainly do now.
Mr. Brown described “Sir Edward Kennedy” as “one of your most distinguished senators, known in every continent, and a great friend.” He hailed the work of the Massachusetts Democrat on bringing peace to Northern Ireland and expanding access to healthcare and education.I think Mary Jo Kopechne would heartily disagree, and for her it is more than Ted's chivalry which is dead.
“And for all those things, we owe a great debt to the life and courage of, Senator Edward Kennedy,” Mr. Brown said.
The London Times reported:
Mr Kennedy was once tipped to follow his brother John to the White House, but any presidential ambition was derailed in 1969 when he drove his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick, near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. He freed himself, but not Mary Jo Kopechne, who was with him and drowned. He received a two-month suspended jail sentence, but has never spoken frankly about the incident.There are folks in Britain who aren't too thrilled about bestowing this honor. The article also said:
The award prompted some criticism in Westminster. Lord Tebbit, the former Tory party chairman whose wife, Margaret, was badly injured by the IRA in the 1984 Brighton bomb, said that Mr Kennedy’s support for Sinn Fein made him an inappropriate recipient. “I regard it as highly improper,” he said. “I can’t believe that his extremely partisan attitude makes him an appropriate person to be given a knighthood.”Now we all know that our own US Constitution weighs in on titles and royalty... and here is what it says:
Article 1,section 9: "No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the congress, accept any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign stateNo doubt the fools in Congress will vote to allow Kennedy to have this title. It's the least they can do to thank him for all the years of Socialist and Unconstitutional legislation he helped to foist upon the American people.
Now Ted Kennedy can join the ranks of other prominent US politicians such as former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and former president George HW Bush.
Besides, just like Camelot's King Arthur, Teddy the Knight has a Lady in the Lake!