Although Yang understood the African peoples’ hope for independence, he did not understand the deep slave mentality of the KMT’s Taiwanese members, and although he understood Taiwanese determination to resist Chinese annexation, he did not understand that Ma is haunted by the curse inscribed on the urn of his father’s ashes –– “Replace independence with gradual unification.”
Although Taiwanese lawmakers now hold more than two-thirds of all legislative seats, Ma is still controlling the KMT’s ill-gotten party assets and the judiciary.
This is turning the KMT’s Taiwanese legislators into mere copies of the old crooks who would only take orders from the two Chiangs. They have no choice but to defend the inept government and have no say in or ability to review Ma’s decisions to give up Taiwan’s independence.
Instead, they have a shared interest in sustaining Ma’s false reforms and corruption.
On the surface, Taiwan’s democratization and free elections provide the government with representativeness and legitimacy. In reality, all the power is in the hands of one man.
Taiwanese KMT legislators are sitting back and watching as the incompetent government abuses its people, as Ma realizes his father’s dying wish for eventual unification and as he violates the people’s will and the anti-annexation policy that had been in place during the governments of Chiang Kai-shek, Chiang Ching-kuo, Lee and Chen.
In a speech last month, Siew cited a quote from former US president John F. Kennedy in defense of the government: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
However, it is a matter of political common sense that “government” is not the same as “country.” Ma has never thought of Taiwan as a country.
Perhaps it would have been more appropriate if Siew had quoted former US president George H. W. Bush, who said “I don’t hate government. A government that remembers who is its master is a good and needed thing.”
Ma has supported safeguarding the Diaoyutais all his life, but he has no intention of safeguarding Taiwan. As he prepares for battle, he has forgotten who his masters are. Such a government is a bully and should be replaced. As angry masters Taiwanese should ask Ma: What have you done for Taiwan? What have you done for us?
James Wang is a media commentator.
Translated by Eddy Chang