Tue, Aug 22, 2006 - Page 8 News List

The anti-Chen camp has lost focus

By Lee Hsiao-feng 李筱峰

During his election campaign in 2000, President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) organized a meeting with the Association of Taiwan Professors to listen to what we had to say. In the end, an unexpected event came up and he sent deputy campaign director Lee Yi-yang (李逸洋) to meet with the group.

I then wrote a note that I asked Lee to give to Chen, saying: "Building a new country is more important than winning the presidency."

It really isn't very important to be president, especially not in the kind of extended settler state known as "the Republic of China."

I really do not care very much about whether the president steps down or not, but the fact that I am not participating in the ongoing efforts to force him out of office does not mean that I support him.

To be blunt, during his six years in office, Chen has not put all his efforts into building a new country. Instead, his "Four Noes" policy and his statement that those participating in the campaign to create a new constitution and change the nation's title were deceiving themselves have made me very resentful, and I have criticized him for it.

I have been particularly angered by the increasingly Chinese Nationalist Party-like (KMT) demeanor of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Good examples of this behavior can be seen in the alleged corruption of presidential aide Chen Che-nan (陳哲男) and the president's son-in-law, Chao Chien-ming (趙建銘). The scandal surrounding the Presidential Office's special allowances fund further underscores the problem.

The attempts by the pan-blue camp to recall Chen are not a new phenomenon. The only difference is that this time, they have found a righteous slogan: "anti-corruption."

I will never be able to believe that the KMT is working against corruption, because their own ranks are full of it. If we counted the number of corruption cases or the amounts involved, the cases the KMT has been involved in would always outnumber those of the DPP.

In the end, the KMT is engaging in political warfare -- in cooperation with their fellow travelers in the media -- trying to destroy the image of the localized government in order to restore their old regime.

With this basic understanding, it is of course impossible for me to follow up on the failed recall motion by joining hands with the pan-green academics in a continued attempt to accomplish the pan-blue camp's unfinished undertaking. It would be even more impossible for me to get up on stage with former DPP chairman Shih Ming-teh (施明德) and let him use me as his tool, especially after having found that this group of people is filled with those looking for publicity, a platform or benefits. My craving for clean government demands that I not condescend to mixing with these people.

This group of people who want the president to step down of course also includes some of my friends, and I don't doubt their idealism. Their focus on one issue, however, differs from my habit of looking at overall strategy. The nation has many unsettled accounts from the last 50-odd years, but the group only focuses on the "greed" that surrounds the president. This seems to be quite disproportionate.

I also want these idealistic friends of mine to ask Shih why he didn't support our side during the past few years when we have been under vicious attack by the pan-blue camp, in which they and their communist backers have worked to destroy the cause of Taiwanese independence. Why is Shih now instead standing on the side of the pan-blue camp and calling on the president to step down?

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