- Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:46 pm
I never thought we'd see the day I'd defend Johnson but here goes:
He doesn't look bored to me, he looks haunted. It can be possible sometimes that we see what we want to see but I seriously don't think he's being blase about this like Trump.
I actually admire his restraint. His job is to keep a cool head, a rational head and now bow to the screaming demands of those losing theirs around him. That he hasn't just dived into authoritarianism encourages me. His job is to take into account not only the physical health but the economic, social and mental health of the population. It's easy to yell furiously what he "should" do based on heavy emotion because of the trauma of the situation but much harder to step back and take everything into consideration.
Please, please, please don't think I am being blase here, or thinking I want mass deaths or that I'm not concerned about people as I have been accused on other forums but I want to say:
I am very, very concerned about the hysteria regarding forcing people into isolation from people I previously thought were reasonable and pro human-rights, who are calling for people to be shot who aren't out of their homes without a reason, who are calling for martial law and who are calling for this as "long as it takes". I worry about their grasp on reality because I know I cannot take more than three months. I don't think it will be more than three months until things go back to normal and we have to chance what happens next (I agree with Crabcakes theory) but no matter how extraordinary the circumstance and concerned we all are, I'm worried that people who were so pro-human rights and civil liberties before this are demanding way above the necessary restrictions to enforce this type of state.
I really don't want that to sound like I'm uncaring. Many thousands will die no matter what we do, it's the horrible, fatalistic reality. We cannot make the cure worse than the disease though.