Chen Shui-bian Hopes James Soong will Restore DPP to Power
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, ROC)
November 25, 2011
Summary: James Soong has compared himself to Chinese patriots Liu Ming-chuan and Wen Tian-hsiang. But people are already referring to him as a "Blue Camp Wang Ching-wei, Green Camp Wu San-kui." Is this a case of the present overshadowing the past? Or that was then, this is now?
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Two months ago this newspaper's Black and White Collection published an editorial entitled "James Soong's Two Certainties."
We said that James Soong can be certain about two things, and reasonably expect about one thing. First, he can be certain that his petition will garner over 258000 signatures, and enable him to run for president. Secondly, he can be certain that if he runs for president, he will be defeated. Thirdly, he can reasonably expect that he will undermine Ma and help Tsai, ensuring Tsai Ing-wen's victory.
For James Soong, the first certainty has already been realized. His petition has succeeded. Yesterday he and Lin Jui-hsiung completed the registration process. James Soong is now on his way to realizing his second certainty -- certain defeat.
James Soong is certain to be defeated. He says "As long as 30% of the voters who support Ma Ying-jeou switch their support to me, I can win." This of course is nonsense. But given the election climate, if Soong wins 4% of the vote, or 300,000 votes, he will ensure Ma Ying-jeou's defeat. A Tsai Ing-wen victory is something James Soong can reasonably expect, It is the real purpose behind James Soong's candidacy.
James Soong wants Ma Ying-jeou defeated. This could be considered a settling of personal scores. But if James Soong's real purpose is to help Tsai Ing-wen get elected, could this be considered a patriotic gesture?
Wherever James Soong makes an appearance, national flags flutter, and red, white, and blue buntings proliferate. He casts himself as the champion of the Republic of China. He depicts himself as the successor to Chiang Ching-kuo. But cross-Strait relations and affairs on Taiwan are in turmoil. This election is critical. James Soong knows perfectly well that Ma Ying-jeou is a defender of the Republic of China, and that Tsai Ing-wen is running on behalf of Taiwan independence. Yet he is determined to topple Ma Ying-jeou and help elect Tsai Ing-wen, This is what baffles so many people.
Toppling Ma Ying-jeou is not why James Soong insists on running. Helping Tsai Ing-wen get elected, that is Soong's real goal. Even more appalling is how Soong is exploiting the "patriotic masses" sporting national flag shirts on their backs while waving national flags in their hands. He is using them as flesh and bone stepping stones, to ensure that Tsai Ing-wen is elected President of the Republic of China. But do these people really support his goal? Soong insists that his goal is to topple Ma Ying-jeou, Do these people really not understand that Soong's real goal is to deliver the presidency of the ROC into the hands of Tsai Ing-wen? Do these people really not know that Chen Shui-bian has publicly declared that James Soong is helping the Democratic Progressive Party return to power?
Politics is a dirty business. Deception is commonplace. But to make superficial appeals to the masses to defend the Republic of China, while actually using them to divide the Republic of China, is too cynical and manipulative to stomach. Has James Soong ever told the masses who support him that his real goal is to get revenge against Ma Ying-jeou? Even if it means subverting the Republic of China?
If Tsai Ing-wen is victorious, James Soong can attempt to benefit from this setback for the nation. James Soong can choose to take Ma Ying-jeou down with him. James Soong can publicly proclaim his willingness to rip the Republic of China apart. But James Soong cannot claim he is being loyal to the Republic of China, while actually wreaking havoc upon the Republic of China. James Soong is setting fires in order to loot the ruins. He is exploiting the "patriotic masses" sporting national flag shirts on their backs while waving national flags in their hands.
James Soong is greeted with applause from the Green Camp wherever he goes. He is "waving the national flag to oppose the national flag," His ability to manipulate people is amazing, But it is not fit for polite company. This has nothing to do with Blue vs. Green ideology. Politics may be dirty. But ultimately one must have a bottom line, an inviolable final vestige of humanity and civilization. If one willingly betrays one's own humanity and civilization, the inevitable result will only be personal ruination.
When the election is over, James Soong will have thoroughly destroyed any remaining vestige of his own humanity. He may help Tsai Ing-wen get elected. But the DPP will probably be afraid to invite public condemnation by offering him any significant reward. When a person has debased himself to this degree, he can hardly call himself a man. How can he possibly play a role on Taiwan's political stage or in cross-Strait affairs?
Public officlals must not cultivate private relations or nurse private grudges. James Soong hates Ma Ying-jeou. That is public knowledge. But James Soong's real purpose is to precipitate an upset in the Republic of China presidential election and benefit from the resulting chaos, This is something the public does not know. We predict that even if Ma Ying-jeou is toppled as a result of James Soong's chicanery, he will receive nothing in return. The question is whether the "patriotic masses" following James Song really want an election upset. What will they get from any such upset.
James Soong has compared himself to Chinese patriots Liu Ming-chuan and Wen Tian-hsiang. But people are already referring to him as a "Blue Camp Wang Ching-wei, Green Camp Wu San-kui." Is this a case of the present overshadowing the past? Or that was then, this is now?
2011.11.25 02:58 am