Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Frank Hsieh. running for "President of Taiwan"

Having KO'ed Yu Hsi-kuen, what is Frank Hsieh doing, except running for "President of the Nation of Taiwan?"
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
A Translation
October 02, 2007

No sooner had the birthday party begun, than the birthday boy suddenly "worried himself sick" and announced he would not be able to attend. Did Frank Hsieh really boycott of the Democratic Progressive Party National Congress and election rally because he was "sick to his stomach?"

Frank Hsieh may not have been "sick to his stomach" physiologically. But he may well have "worried himself sick" psychologically. His dramatic gesture wasn't aimed only at Yu Hsi-kuen. It was also aimed at the "Resolution for a Normal Nation." It used one issue as a pretext for another. It used borrowed strength to increase its own strength, Hsieh took advantage of the opportunity to confront Chen Shui-bian and the Democratic Progressive Party: If you want me to run for president, do not attempt to keep me captive, allow me to lead and leave me a free hand.

As matters stand, the Democratic Progressive Party is caught in its own trap. Frank Hsieh is up to his knees in quicksand. Turning lemons into lemonade is going to be easier said than done.

First, Chen and Hsieh are saying that "Taiwan independence is disadvantageous during elections." The truth is Taiwan independence is not necessarily disadvantageous to the Democratic Progressive Party during elections. Otherwise it wouldn't have demagogued the issue of Taiwan independence as long as it has. The real problem is that Taiwan independence is disadvantageous to sound governance. As Chiu Yi-ren and others already made clear during the DPP National Congress, it is impossible to rule the nation by means of Taiwan independence. After all, if Taiwan independence were truly advantageous to sound governance, how could it be disadvantageous during elections? If Taiwan independence were truly disadvantageous during elections, why would the Democratic Progressive Party pass a "Resolution for a Normal Nation" that amounts to a "Resolution to Demagogue Taiwan independence Forever?"

The Democratic Progressive Party is currently engaged in a patently phony struggle over the semantics of the "Rectification of Taiwan's Name" vs. the "Rectification of the Nation's Name." The dilemma Frank Hsieh and the Democratic Progressive Party face is this: On the one hand they want to demagogue the issue of Taiwan independence during the upcoming presidential election. On the other hand demanding Taiwan independence prevents them from effectively governing the nation, and from easing the apprehensions of middle class voters. Now, with its "Resolution for a Normal Nation," the Democratic Progressive Party has declared that it intends to demagogue the issue of Taiwan independence forever. If all the DPP can do is quarrel over the semantic distinctions between the "Rectification of Taiwan's Name" and the "Rectification of the Nation's Name," how can it resolve the contradiction between the demands of electioneering and the demands of sound governance?

Actually, Frank Hsieh's Number One Enemy within the party is not Yu Hsi-kuen, but Chen Shui-bian. Yu Hsi-kuen may have been swept out of office because he advocated Taiwan independence. But Chen Shui-bian was able to stage a comeback by hijacking the Taiwan independence movement. Frank Hsieh turned on Yu Hsi-kuen merely because Yu demanded that the "Resolution for a Normal Nation" include the words: "Rectification of the Nation's Name." But Chen Shui-bian demanded a "Plebiscite to Join the UN under the Name of Taiwan," creating a far bigger international stink. He even trashed Taipei/Washington relations. So why doesn't Frank Hsieh argue the merits of his case with Chen? Obviously, what is going on is a power struggle. Chen advocates Taiwan independence, his stock goes up. The difference between the two positions is trivial. Yu advocates Taiwan independence, his stock goes down. Now that Yu Hsi-kuen is out of the picture, Frank Hsieh finds himself at loggerheads with Chen Shui-bian.

Besides, doesn't Frank Hsieh advocate Taiwan independence? He said the Democratic Progressive Party has always advocated a Republic of Taiwan and a Taiwan Independence Party Constitution. He announced his "Five Year Plan for the Rectification of Names and Authoring a New Constitution." He declared that the office he was running for was "President of the Nation of Taiwan." What was the point of his break with Yu Hsi-kuen over semantic differences in the "Rectification of Taiwan's Name" vs. the "Rectification of the Nation's Name?" Doesn't Frank Hsieh also advocate Taiwan independence? Isn't he equally determined to demagogue the issue of Taiwan independence, in perpetuity?

The controversy over the "Resolution for a Normal Nation" doesn't really have anything to do with semantic differences between the "Rectification of the Nation's Name" and the "Rectification of Taiwan's Name." It has to do with why the DPP can not and dare not put words such as the "Rectification of the Nation's Name" and the "Nation of Taiwan" into official writing. Especially when the DPP boasts that Taiwan independence is already "mainstream public opinion." Why has the DPP, which has already been in power for nearly eight years, openly admitting that the "Rectification of the Nation's Name" is "disadvantageous to sound governance?" Obviously the issue is not semantic differences between the "Rectification of the Nation's Name" and the "Rectification of Taiwan's Name." The issue is whether advocates of Taiwan independence actually have a workable plan for governing a nation.

If they have a workable plan, then why after decades of promotion and eight years in power, are we still not permitted to see these party documents? If they don't have a workable plan, why are they still playing these fraudulent games? Why are they issuing their "Resolution to Demagogue Taiwan Independence Forever?" and their "Resolution to Dismember Taiwan?"

Frank Hsieh, who refers to himself as a candidate for "President of the Nation of Taiwan," opposes the "Rectification of the Nation's Name to Taiwan." Hsieh has accused Yu Hsi-kuen of "calling for a showdown while ignorant of the circumstances." Meanwhile he remains silent about Chen Shui-bian, who is "calling for a showdown while aware of the circumstances." Frank Hsieh, armed with the "Resolution to Demagogue Taiwan Independence Forever," has KO'ed Yu Hsi-kuen. Now he faces Chen Shui-bian.

Through the "Resolution for a Normal Nation," Frank Hsieh has made clear he is a Taiwan independence moderate. But the "Resolution for a Normal Nation" is for all intents and purposes a "Resolution to Dismember Taiwan." This bears not only on whether Hsieh will win the election. It also bears on whether Hsieh will be able to govern the nation if he is elected. Frank Hsieh doesn't need to take a stand on the "Rectification of the Name of the Nation" issue. What Frank Hsieh needs is tell the people whether he intends to continue demagoguing the issue of Taiwan independence. Whether Taiwan independence is going to continue tear Taiwan apart?

Having KO'ed Yu Hsi-kuen, what is Frank Hsieh doing, except running for "President of the Nation of Taiwan?"

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