Have you ever heard of the Delphi Technique? I hadn't and came across an article and was intrigued so I began doing a little light research and found some interesting facts and opinions.
This old technique was developed in the 1950's and was sincerely intended as a tool to be used at gaining a consensus from large groups but was rapidly morphed into something quite different. Today it's being used today in both the original and modified forms to provide an illusion of participation and a false sense of enfranchisement. These immoral and highly unethical tactics are employed by people who have predetermined the outcome of those meetings and are merely "steering" you like mindless cattle into what you think is a consensus agreement, providing them with this alleged mandate to do as they will and all the while you think you've done your duty as a good little citizen. It outwardly seems like a democratic process and gives the appearance of participation in democracy, but that is only the mask it wears. It's a public opinion manipulator pure and simple and those doing the manipulating are not interested in your voice unless it suits their ends. Sounds a bit like modern American politics.
I recommend everyone that has ever or plans to attend any form of public meeting, whether school, PTA, HOA, school, community, focus groups, associations, leagues, corporate, anything and everything, to get intimately familiar with these unethical tactics that ARE being used.
Folks, this is not how our Republic works and it's nothing that common sense, passion and strength of purpose can't defeat. Please read these articles and draw your own conclusions. I already have.
If you've ever participated in a meeting that used the Delphi Technicques described in the articles below, I'd be interested to hear from you.