It used to be that you could express both approbation and disapprobation at town hall meetings. In a democracy, I should add.
But no more, at least in Riverhead, New York. According to CBS, the town board of directors voted 4-1 to ban “distracting sounds like booing or hissing” at town hall meetings. Applause, however, is still allowed. (Although, to my unschooled mind, applause can be almost as distracting as a barroom brawl. Ever try to follow recent SOTU addresses when brainless schmucks rise and thunderously applaud on cue, like during Politburo meetings?)
Translated into plain English: only bootlicking is still okay.
Translated into plainer English: it’s our plantation.