On the May 4, 2005 episode of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart contrasted the British style of Town Hall forum with the American style. He showed clips of
the populace's meetings with Mr. Blair, and clips of meetings with Mr. Bush. Now, and I hope I am not breaking any copyright rules, I will give you
some quotes from these two forums.
England: Citizen- "If you arent fraudulent, you're grossly negilgent and for that you should be resigning anyway." (imagine it with a nice british
accent, it seems less insulting)
America: Citizen- "I'm very happy to have you as a president." (bit of a southern drawl on that one, followed by lots of applause)
England: Citizen- "That is a lie, you lied to this country, and that is why we cannot support you in the following election." (lots of applause)
America: Pretty Sandra Bullock Lookalike Citizen- "First of all I would like to commend you for taking on this monstrous task."
England: Blair enters to a smattering of applause and boos.
America: Bush enters and shakes the hands of the ethnically diverse backround props.
I am just so fed up with politics in my country. I admire Mr. Blair's strength of character in being able to take that sort of abuse. He doesnt need
to hide behind a pre-selected and screened diverse audience of people who have their questions distributed on little scraps of paper from Rove's
office. He is a real politician, a man with enough with the charisma and fortitude to stand up to that and still win his election. Even the moderator
in his forum accused him of exaggerating, to which Mr. Blair responded that he totally understanded why some people feel why the war was the wrong
decision to make. HE EVEN ADMITTED THAT MISTAKES WERE MADE! HE EVEN ACCEPTED THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEM!
Why doesnt this happen in our government? Why can our politicians not just be adults and say this sort of thing instead of doing what toddlers do and
blame all their errors on something, anything, but themselves? I am just so frustrated with the Big Brother politics of America today, where if it
doesnt look wrong then it isnt wrong. I could have so much respect for the Bush administration if only they didnt insist on being so deceptive about
how they do business.
I guess this is just one more reason that Liberals are better than Conservatives.