Happy 2018! Happy New YearWell, before we get to discuss the contagion of Town Hall Blather, we must offer Happy New Year and all that jazz. Belated, all of it; parties, fireworks, champagne, fizz. The little winter sabbatical was enjoyable. The best of 2018 to all, joyous celebrations, best wishes to all. It happens every year. To you and yours, from us and ours, the very best, happiness, health, good fortune, peace and safety... There! It seems that, too, is over for another year.
What is Town Hall Blather?Just as the calendar flips predictably, so magically appear town hall meetings. Federal and provincial. New town hall blather for the new year. Supposedly. Right on time, like clockwork, especially if elections are imminent. Political bombshells inspire, otherwise mute politicians become chatty and wise. The marbles in the photo apparently have more common sense. Oh, yes, ideally, 'discussions' right upfront, one on one. Politicians explain their feelings. God help us, political crocodile tears. The fake kind like Justin the Actor insists upon offering. Oh, my... The closest we'll ever get to personal meetings with those in power. So-called 'consultations' with the electorate. Warm and fuzzy. Do those meetings infer 2018 and the future will be better, different, reasonable, logical, inspiring, common-sense wonderful or offer the tiniest bit of hopeful respite? No. We don't think so. In fact, we can almost bet on it. We're skeptical. Just listen to the actual content of any town hall blather. Compare questions and answers. Red herring answers. Think. Let us ask again, 'what is town hall blather'?
'Town Hall Blather' is an Indicator of Political TroublePolitical 'persons' inevitably recognize when the gig is up. When trouble is on the horizon. Their polls and popularity down, sagging, dripping with backlash, and fury dredging up the mud of public opinion. Those endangered inevitably call for "town hall meetings' to remind us how hard they have been working for the benefit of all. Why sure. A 'comforter' for unhappy electorate. The usual. Canned questions allowed, scripted, previously approved, answered only with personalized lip service. Hello? Your question was—Oh, I see, number 17 has "an approved question for the approved script for this approved momentous town hall occasion, and..er...yes, we do have an approved scripted answer for that." The list. The unsaid. The approved answer is always on the list. Imagine that. The follow-up script for cagey lies fabricated for the election must be on this approved list, um, let's see... somewhere. Not there? .....next........ That's not all.
Got a Bracelet? Well that's a New One...That's the latest insult from the Ontario Liberals and the despised, ever-incompetent Kathleen Wynne. Want to attend her 'town hall meeting' and listen to her political blather? Got a bracelet? A white bracelet or a green one? Like being admitted to hospital. Or a psych ward. Vetted. Screened. Approved clapping seals, smiling like fools. Official fools lined up behind the 'candidate' handing out taxpayer dollars a.k.a. gratuitous spending, bribing the masses, stumping for the provincial election that's four months away. Feigned interest in 'the north'. Insincerity. She's going to lose. The real agenda, the real problems, inevitably remain ignored. Hopefully. An audible sigh of relief from the 'candidate and the clapping seals. "...uh...um... Shall we take some ga-ga selfies instead? " Did she learn that from Justin in Ottawa? We think so. Why don't we save a great stack of taxpayer dollars and just mail out ga-ga selfies from Ottawa and Queen's Park instead? **Clop-clop-clop --the sound of arrogant leaders being gob-smacked.** We're Canadian. We've got it figured out. Town hall meetings are town hall blather with script. Lies. Unbelievably expensive photo ops. Nothing more. Never were.
#Is that Incoming I hear?