We’re back and it’s about three minutes before the show is due to air, but there’s a half-hour of news before they get to the special they filmed this evening. It was an interesting evening that was enjoyable, educational, and stunningly frustrating all at the same time. I was able to get in one comment early in the program and I’m not entirely happy with it. I got caught a little off-guard and I didn’t end my thoughts as cleanly as I had hoped, but I received several compliments for having made my point after the taping was completed and the producers actually went out of their way to get me up to speak. I wish I could have waited till later as there were several comments by the American conservatives present that had me biting my tongue to keep from bursting out with a “WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT YOU COMPLETE AND UTTER MORON?!?” type statement. There were some big name conservative types from Michigan there that I recognized—including asshat Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan who led the call for Michigan’s Gay Marriage Amendment—and they were busy networking like you wouldn’t believe before the start of the taping. Another moron tried to paint the war in Iraq as being the same as World War II and that’s a real sore point with me and there was at least one Canadian conservative who repeated the same myth of America being founded as a Christian nation.
Good thing I shaved my head otherwise I would’ve been yanking my hair out in clumps. The conservatives were shoveling the same bullshit myths that they always do and all I could do was sit there and shake my head in frustration. The one hour they had scheduled for this wasn’t anywhere near enough and there were a number of speakers on both sides that never got a chance to pipe in. I think I was one of two liberal voices on the American side, the other being a professor at Wayne State University, and if you were to judge us by this show you’d think America was 80% conservatives to liberals. This is pretty amusing considering the producer was telling me they were having a hard time finding conservatives to be on the show. I’m assuming she meant Canadian conservatives because there wasn’t any shortage of them on the American side. Still, several folks seemed pleased that I showed up and spoke up and I was happy to have participated. Hopefully I didn’t come across as too big of a moron myself, but we’ll see in about 10 minutes or so.