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Thank God we don't have that, the amount of humiliation would be indescribable. We are happily content on sound-bites, platitudes and bullshit.  Makes us strong and free-thats why you all envy us so much, our freedoms.

Must be nice to se a serious leader take serious questions about serious matters and have to defend his positions in front of the voters.  Probably makes for better government.

"I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man...'" Robbie Robertson

by NearlyNormal on Thu Jul 5th, 2007 at 12:55:51 PM EST
In the US -- I don't watch much political TV because I might have an apoplectic fit -- there is the yearly State of the Union address, which is more like "the Queen's Speech," a pre-written lecture read by the Presnit, with no debate, treated by the tame media almost as a kind of holy rite and by the dissident media (particularly with this Presnit) as a gold mine of political cartoon and op/ed material.  It is hard to imagine any of the current regime standing up well to an open debate;  Dubya would founder, babbling or freezing like the proverbial deer in the headlights, and the rest would probably feeling so outraged by; anyone daring to question them that they'd pitch a fit rather than engage with the opposition.  Consider the notorious 4-letter quality of Cheney's political repartee... it might be like a really, really bad Mamet movie :-)

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...
by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Jul 5th, 2007 at 08:22:33 PM EST
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