13 APRIL, 2012 9:32 PM
Let’s take the clock back to the Aurora Town Council meeting of March 27, 2012. The Mayor, in response to Clr Ballard’s question, “Can you give me your assurance that the Aurora Cultural Centre board was not ‘forced’ to agree to these terms?” (Clr Ballard’s use of the word “assurance” was nothing more than an effete attempt to be coy; deliberately using the same phraseology the Mayor had used, when on Feb 28 the Mayor had posed a “question of honesty” to ACC board member Robert Layton, whose hesitance to respond actually spoke volumes),
responded with the paraphrased “and I’ve stopped beating my wife.” This particular turn of phrase has been around for some time. The actual diatribe refers to a questioner asking their subject, “Have you stopped beating your wife”, where there is no option for a positive yes or no answer to this query. It’s a prime example of a loaded question, as it presumes guilt before any answer is even given. It’s a cheap-shot tactic, used by small-minded people.
But I strongly suspect Ms. MacEachern knows this. This is what makes her letter so repulsive. Attempting to hoist herself up on the back of the very serious and grave issue of domestic abuse, is both disgusting and detestable. By corrupting such serious subject matter in the manner that she has, Ms MacEachern has fouled the sincere efforts of those in the industry who have spent their lives raising awareness on the evil nature of spousal violence.
How dare she.
Then, to further her vindictiveness, she goes on to refer and post web links to groups and societies who are genuine in their quest to assist those who suffer, educate our communities, and shed awareness on this crime.
This is grandstanding at its lowest, most repugnant level. So it comes as no surprise to see the former Mayor jumping right up onto Ms MacEachern’s noxious bandwagon.
If she has achieved anything in her failed attempt to discredit the Mayor, Ms. MacEachern has served to reinforce the decision made by the good people of Aurora to send her packing, to no longer allow her abusive, insulting self to occupy an honoured seat at our council table. I view her comments as nothing more than a continued series of thinly-veiled attempts to try and bring down those who I’m sure she blames for her political demise.
You do not fool us Ms. MacEachern. We see right through you.