While politicians in the United States and Europe continue to spread panic and pursue authoritarian mandates and lockdowns, Japanese politicians are acting like statesmen, treating their countrymen like intelligent beings rather than sheep that need to be led.
The way that American politicians speak to us belies the contempt that they have in their hearts for the people of this country. This is evident in the manner in which the American political class addresses COVID.
While leaders of many other nations address their countryman as intelligent individuals capable of evaluating risks and taking appropriate measures, American politicians like Joe Biden constantly talk down to American citizens.
Contrast the rhetoric of American politicians and government officials with those in Japan.
The Japanese government offers a balanced view of vaccine risks and completely rejects mandates and discrimination based on vaccination status.
From the Japan Ministry of Health website:
Although we encourage all citizens to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, it is not compulsory or mandatory. Vaccination will be given only with the consent of the person to be vaccinated after the information provided. Please get vaccinated of your own decision, understanding both the effectiveness in preventing infectious diseases and the risk of side effects. No vaccination will be given without consent. Please do not force anyone in your workplace or those who around you to be vaccinated, and do not discriminate against those who have not been vaccinated.
The Prime Minister of Japan took a similar measured, adult tone in his address to the nation in which has also rejected mandatory vaccinations and urged people to avoid discrimination against the unvaccinated.
From Prime Minister Kono’s speech:
Vaccines will never be administered without the recipient’s consent. We urge the public never to coerce vaccinations at the workplace or upon others around them, and never to treat those who have not received the vaccine in a discriminatory manner.
Contrast the measured, reasoned statements of Japanese officials with the near-hysterical rhetoric of Joe “dark winter” Biden and Anthony Fauci.
Contrast also the rejection of mandates in Japan with the authoritarian requirements and restrictions imposed by Joe Biden, Charlie Baker and now Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. These mandates demonstrate that politicians like Biden, Baker and Wu don’t believe that the American people are intelligent enough to make their own healthcare decisions.
Japan’s politicians and government officials offer and treat their countrymen with respect. American politicians and government officials treat their countrymen with disdain.
Hopefully the American people will soon tire of being talked down to and will find leaders that respect the intelligence and reason of the American public. Until then we are lions led by donkeys.