Will Pummeling the Ma Administration Move Taiwan Forward?
China Times editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
June 21, 2012
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Ma Ying-jeou's second term has only just begun.
But it is already lying on the ground, beaten black and blue.
The opposition DPP and TSU say no to anything and everything the administration puts forth.
They have sunk their teeth into the U.S. beef imports issue and refuse to let go.
Nor is public opinion on Ma Ying-jeou's side.
The government wants to debate the issues but it lacks the energy.
KMT legislators want to fight but they lack the strength.
Other economies are racing ahead.
Taiwan continues to stand still.
How is this good for the people?
DPP legislators occupied the Legislative Yuan for five days, preventing the legislature from conducting business.
The emergency session of the legislature meanwhild, has been postponed to mid-July due to the typhoons.
The Food Sanitation Management Act, the capital gains tax,
NCC personnel appointments and other bills have all been delayed.
When can they be reviewed?
No one knows.
The last time DPP legislators occupied the legislature, they prevailed.
Of course they want to consolidate their victory.
President Ma has told KMT legislators that no matter how fearful they may be, the must take action.
United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex)
meeting in early July may reach a conclusion regarding Ractopamine.
Taiwan will then have a more objective basis for dealing with the issue.
Currently there is no room for rational discussion.
whether chaos in the legislatur can be avoided remains unknown.
The Republic of China is obviously already a democracy.
We vote to decide who will be president and which party will be in power.
If one is willing to bet, one must be willing to lose.
If one participates in an election,
one must be willing to accept the judgment of the voters.
The most basic principle of democracy
is that the minority must defer to the majority,
the majority must respect the minority.
The key to political representation
is for voters to elect their representatives.
The political parties determine whether a bill will pass by voting according to the number of seats the occupy in the legislature.
Voters elected the legislators.
This determines which party will be the majority party in the Legislative Yuan, and which party will be the minority party.
When the ruling and opposition parties express their positions,
the voters are expressing their positions.
Why, then, during the U.S. beef imports controversy,
did DPP legislators imagine they had a right to occupy the podium,
seal off the legislative hall,
and overturn the voice of the people, as expressed in the number of ruling and opposition party seats in the legislature?
Votes taken in the so-called "ten thousand year parliament" lacked a public mandate.
Physical conflict against the "old brigands" was to some degree, understandable.
But the Legislative Yuan today was popularly elected.
Every legislator has a public mandate.
None of them is special. None of them has the right not to abide by democratic majority rule.
If you are unable to win a vote in the legislature becasue you occupy fewer seats,
what right to you have to resort to brute force to prevent the taking of a vote?
What right do you have to flaunt your violent behavior?
Does the peoples vote count for nothing?
Is the only thing that counts your fist?
Currently the Ma administration is damned if it does, and damned if it doesn't.
It has failed at communicating its decision-making before the fact.
It has failed at explaining its policy implementation after the fact.
It too needs to engage in self-examination.
It cannot blame the public backlash.
Many Democratic Progressive Party officials think that
as long as they can bring Ma down,
the DPP will benefit.
In any event, they reason, it costs nothing to lash out at Ma.
No matter what, they're going to be ahead.
As long as they can trip Ma up,
that counts as a DPP victory.
Seeing the Ma administration pummeled by the public is an opportunity too good to pass up.
So why pass it up?
This is why DPP legislators are taking such a tough stance.
This is why they are unwilling to allow the KMT to take the next step.
However, this destructive confrontation strategies,
Not only contrary to the principle of democratic voting,
The ractopamine never case that will affect human health,
Hundreds of millions of people in the United States to eat for decades is also no accident
DPP oppose ractopamine so it serves him right.
Then clear the damage even more tobacco, alcohol, betel nut,
Why the silence?
DPP is frequently criticized the Ma administration to excessive tilting in
Accused the Ma administration signed a free trade agreement (FTA) results is weak,
But knowing that the U.S. beef case, however, the Taiwan-US TIFA will not be able to restart
Taiwan-US FTA or TPP is not even think
Still blind to block U.S. beef case
This is psychological?
In fact, the DPP legislators Where is the card of U.S. beef.
U.S. beef is a good tool to mobilize the basic masses.
The real purpose of
Is nothing more than card Ma Ying-jeou
The horse must have a government hit could not move.
Even at the expense of the economic and trade opportunities for Taiwan in survival,
This is a responsible attitude?
Opposition parties, although there is no power to rule,
The same for national development should be responsible
For things that will seriously harm the national vitality,
Should never gloat,
Especially not for their own political life regardless life and death.
The people must learn to recognize what is responsible,
What is irresponsible behavior.
And understand the political operations should comply with the fundamental principle of democracy,
The opposition parties do not have the right to unlimited struggle boycott,
Not stand in the bundle leading to the ruling authorities could not move,
State wasted idling,
Will eventually make the whole people to pay a heavy price.
Irresponsible words and deeds,
Whether the ruling and opposition parties,
Should not be condoned.