United Daily News editorial
translated by Bevin Chu
June 26, 2007
Cutthroat Island (1995, directed by Renny Harlin, written by Michael Frost Beckner and James Gorman)
The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) "Cutthroat Election Campaign" has begun. The DPP's cutthroat strategy divides the party's election platform into different planks. When it comes time to cut the throats of political rivals, each is cut using a different technique.
Campaigns for major elections such as legislative elections and presidential elections require political platforms that can rally the people, that reflect their aspirations and goals. The DPP has been unable to offer such a political platform. Therefore it has transformed elections into cutthroat wars. Elections are no longer mechanisms for comparing political perspectives and reaching consensus. They are national catastrophes that tear the nation apart.
The DPP uses the "rectification of names and the authoring of a new constitution" to cut the throats of Deep Green political rivals. The DPP uses "development of rural communities" to go cut the throats of political rivals dependent upon farmers. But even assuming the DPP wins these elections, does that really mean Taiwan independence has scored a victory? By the same token, is the "development of rural communities," a policy intended to phase out agriculture altogether, truly advantageous to Taiwan independence?
One need only examine two recent campaigns launched by the DPP to realize that Lee Teng-hui was right. The DPP's brand of Taiwan independence is a fraud. Let's examine the DPP's platform for the "reduction of military service to one year" and its platform for the "development of rural communities." If one truly intends to promote Taiwan independence, one must make preparations for war. If one nullifies one's ability to wage war while engaging in wild talk about Taiwan independence, that is phony Taiwan independence. If one reduces military service to one year, so that even corporals are a thing of the past, how can one possibly fight a war? To phase out agriculture in order to develop rural communities, is to open a Pandora's Box. It is nothing less than a declaration of surrender, nothing less than giving up on Taiwan independence.
This is the real consequence of the DPP's cutthroat campaigns. The DPP's "rectification of names and authoring of a new constitution" plank has cut the throats of Deep Green political rivals. The "reduction of military service to one year" plank has cut the throats of political rivals dependent upon military servicemen. The "development of rural communities" plank has cut the throats of political rivals dependent upon farmers. Three throats cut using three different techniques, all are critical to the election results, but none have a common denominator, and some even conflict. The Taiwan independence movement has been rendered toothless, its ability to fight a war for independence neutralized. An agricultural policy that endured for 60 years has been repudiated. Even assuming the DPP wins the election, the nation will pay a heavy price, and everyone will be the loser.
For eight years, the DPP has been squatting in the halls of power, abusing its authority to satisfy its power lust, indulging in corruption to line its pockets. Now, relying on its authority as the ruling regime, it has launched its insane "Three Middles Policy," targeting the central and middle regions of Taiwan, small and middle enterprises, and middle and lower income voters. Previous cutthroat wars promoting the DPP's "welfare subsidies for the elderly" plank and "welfare subsidies for elderly farmers" plank were small potatoes. At most they consumed some public funds. Today's "reduction of military service to one year" plank and "development of rural communities" plank will weaken the island's military capabilities and destroy the island's agricultural base. How can such pork barrel politics not shake the foundations of the nation?
The DPP's Taiwan independence agenda boasts constantly evolving cutthroat techniques. One minute it announces its "Five Noes." The next minute it announces its "Four Imperatives and One Non-Issue." The current "rectification of names and authoring a new constitution" plank, having cut the throats of the Deep Greens and consolidated Chen Shui-bian's hold on power, is complete. As we approach election season, the Taiwan independence plank has faded out. Now it is time to cut the throats of swing voters. Oddly enough when the DPP engages in deception to cut the throats of the Deep Greens, they passively acquiesce. Conversely, when the DPP cuts the throats of swing voters, they voluntarily extend their necks as well.
Deceptive Taiwan independence appeals to Deep Greens, in addition to "Three Middles Policy" political patronage, cannot establish a coherent political and economic agenda for the nation, or indicate the direction it ought to go. If the DPP wins the election, would that amount to a victory for Taiwan independence? Or would it amount to a victory for political patronage? Furthermore, once they win the election, do they intend to use "Three Middles Policy" political patronage to promote Taiwan independence and the "rectification of names and the authoring of a new constitution?"
But at least the DPP has a strategy. At the strategic level, it has its Taiwan independence election rhetoric. At the tactical level, it has its pork barrel election techniques. Its cutting techniques may be different, but the throats cut are the same. By contrast, Ma Ying-jeou's Kuomintang (KMT) has neither fresh concepts, nor effective countermeasures. All it can do is watch passively as the DPP's "Three Middles Policy" cuts one KMT throat after another. When we look at the two camps side by by side, the winners and losers are obvious.
As each segment of society's throat is cut, so Taiwan's throat is cut.
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2007.06.26 02:56 am