Support for Wang becomes Opposition to Ma:
Long Live DPP Opportunism
United Daily News editorial (Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China)
September 16, 2013
Summary: The Wang Jin-pyng influence peddling scandal has morphed into a
political power struggle. From any perspective, this is an unmitigated
disaster for Taiwan. It is a sad day for Ma and Wang as well as for the
general public. The only party experiencing a sense of "Schadenfreude,"
is the DPP. Su Tseng-chang seized the opportunity to demand the
impeachment of President Ma. The "star" of the influence peddling
scandal, Ker Chien-ming, puffed up his chest with an air of
self-righteousness and demanded an apology from President Ma, urging him
to "engage in self-introspection."
Full text below:
The Wang Jin-pyng influence peddling scandal has morphed into a political power struggle. From any perspective, this is an unmitigated disaster for Taiwan. It is a sad day for Ma and Wang as well as for the general public. The only party experiencing a sense of "Schadenfreude," is the DPP. Su Tseng-chang seized the opportunity to demand the impeachment of President Ma. The "star" of the influence peddling scandal, Ker Chien-ming, puffed up his chest with an air of self-righteousness and demanded an apology from President Ma, urging him to "engage in self-introspection."
As the matter now stands, will the influence peddling scandal be totally forgotten? Will President Ma and the Special Investigation Unit continue to be demonized? Will those guilty of influence peddling continue to thumb their noses at justice and carry on with their crimes? Partisan politics in the legislature has been hijacked by a new, perverse manifestation of "bi-partisan cooperation." What sort of cesspool will Taiwan's politics become? When good and evil have been inverted so perversely, can society still discern right from wrong?
The DPP exploited the recent scandal. It sat on the sidelines, inciting conflict, making phony demands for constitutional interpretations, launching a movement to bring down Ma. From beginning to end, it revealed its opportunistic colors. It refused to engage in any soul-searching whatsoever over DPP Party Whip Ker Chien-ming's influence peddling. This further underscored the fact that the only idol it worships is opportunism. The DPP once boasted that it "judged itself according to the most stringent ethical standards." This boast has been reduced to ashes. The DPP has renounced all sense of morality and shame. Yet it trumpets "due process" and "support for constitutional law." Can people still give its claims the slightest credence?
According to a poll conducted by this newspaper, 67% of the public believes the KMT Disciplinary Committee's punishment of Wang Jin-pyng was "too harsh." But 48% of those polled also believe the DPP must impose party disciplinary measures on Ker Chien-ming. Yet the DPP ignores this, and blanks it out of awareness. Yu Ying-lung spoke during the "DPP Eight Years in Office Symposium." He said Wang Jin-pyng should be "grateful for the misery" Chen Shui-bian suffered. It made the public on Taiwan deeply skeptical of the Special Investigation Unit. This enabled Wang Jin-pyng to escape punishment for his own influence peddling. This is certainly a bizarre interpretation of the value of "Ah-Bian's Suffering." The Chen family engaged in shameless corruption for six years. And the lesson the DPP learned is how to be more brazen in its criminality?
During the recent influence peddling scandal, the DPP vigorously supported Wang JIn-pyng. Its behavior was bizarre. More than a few people within the party dissented. Tainan County Chief Su Huan-chih was among the first to see that something was amiss. He said the DPP party leadership's insistence that the scandal was all about "illegal wiretapping" or "judicial intervention" made Su Tseng-chang "come across as Wang Jin-pyng's defense attorney." He felt the DPP leadership was over-emphasizing "political power struggle," and ignoring the law. Subsequently Green Camp legislator Tuan Yi-kang also warned the DPP. He said that as the largest opposition party, the DPP "must not become Wang Jin-pyng's Praetorian Guard." It must not allow itself to be overwhelmed by Schadenfreude and forget its own crisis. Instead, it must seek political support by upholding the rule of law and democracy. Unfortunately, these voices fell on deaf ears.
Why is the DPP supporting Wang? Is it because it supports Ker and considers supporting Wang part of a "package deal?" Is it gratitude to Wang for his many years of "looking after the DPP" in the Legislative Yuan? Or is it simply a convenient opportunity to demagogue "anti-Ma" sentiment? It is difficult to say, and not worth pursuing. Our concern is the DPP's opportunism. The DPP has long trumpeted its "ethics" and " legitimacy." Yet in order to pillory Ma, it tossed its purported values out the window. Ma Ying-jeou may be behind the curve on many issues. But at least he has demonstrated a sense of justice and determination. By contrast, the DPP made the strategic decision to put opportunism first and self-interest above all, inspiring nothing but contempt.
The DPP has left the public on Taiwan three unanswered questions. One. Suppose Wang Jin-pyng had been peddling influence on behalf of someone other than Ker Chien-ming? Say a Blue Camp legislator? Would the DPP still have spared no effort to support Wang, and accused the Special Investigation Unit of being Ma Ying-jeou's "Enforcers?" Two. Ma Ying-jeou used party disciplinary procedures to deprive Wang Jin-pyng of his position as a legislator, as well as his position as Speaker of the Legislature. Were his actions really inconsistent with the principle of proportionality? If they were, what about the DPP's opportunistic call to impeach President Ma? How consistent was that with the principle of proportionality? Three. During this campaign the DPP and Wang colluded to affirm that "Influence peddling is no crime!" Ker Chien-ming's influence peddling of course, need not be prosecuted either. Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Unit has been fatally demonized. The DPP can now trumpet this as its contribution to Taiwan's democracy and the rule of law.
The DPP went from supporting Wang to pulling down Ma. The DPP's perpetual opportunism has its roots in the party's lack of genuine belief in democracy. When the Blue and Green camps were fighting over the Speaker of the Legislative Yuan years ago, the DPP denounced Wang as "black gold," saying he was the very object of the "black gold investigation center's" investigation. Now however, "Black gold " has magically become its "ally, " and "influence peddling" has become "a value that must be upheld." This shows that the Democratic Progressive Party's sole desire is to "plunge Taiwan into chaos." In this regard, the DPP's crisis of faith is even worse than the KMT's.
The DPP has never known how to act as the "loyal opposition." It has never been loyal to the nation. It has never been loyal to the people. And the events of today show that it is not even loyal to its own professed values of democracy and progress.
2013.09.16 02:08 am