Thursday, November 23, 2006

Hey Democrats!

Yeah, I would hesitate to enter this establishment too.

Courtesy: Yomiuri Shimbun

Honestly, these should be days of wine and roses for the Democratic Party. The government is reeling from student suicides and letters to the Minister of Education & Everything Else threatening student suicides (even if some of the letters are coming from adults); the Ministry has been paying ringers to pretend to be disinterested members of the public asking pro-reform questions at "talk straight to the Minister" town hall meetings; and hundreds of high schools in the country are caught redhanded falsefying the attendance records of their pupils in an effort to fulfill national education requirements.

And the government's legal remedy for these crises: exhortations to love one's country and home district.

Why all the glum faces Dems? So you lost in Okinawa because of rank stupidity on the part of your leadership (Hatoyama Yukio on the election: "We thought the bases problem would be the battleground but the power of business interests was made vividly apparent." The LDP-supported candidate was a former MITI bureaucrat and the former president of Okinawa Power. Did Hatoyama think the Okinawa Chamber of Commerce was going to remain neutral? Iiiiiddiiootttt!)

Anyway, strip away your inhibitions and get in there! Score some cheap and easy points in the House of Councillors debate on this odious bit of legislative fluff! Get on television! Go crazy!

You really have nothing to lose.

1 comment:

Jun Okumura said...

Unfortunately, "We wouldn't do that if we were you. We'd... something different" is not good TV.

What's odd about the DPJ is that they do have very capable, intelligent people; then this.

Not that I'm blaming you, Shisaku, for the Democrats' plight.