Letter: Government must be bold

By Ben Goren  / 

Fri, Nov 18, 2005 - Page 8

It seems more and more apparent that the pan-blue camp's strategy is to cripple the government in this country -- its legislative, judicial and executive branches -- in an effort to be able to later demonstrate that the government did a bad job.

This is an extended election campaign that aims to ruin Taiwan's prosperity out of spite and bad temper over losing control of the presidency and the government.

Recent attacks on the Government Information Office and the Mainland Affairs Council illustrate that the pan-blues care not for Taiwan but rather about power for power's sake. They are determined to push Taiwan in the direction they deem best, at the expense of its identity, independence and the wishes of its population, for whom they have disdain. This intentional sabotage of the political process should allow the president to disband the legislature and call new elections, so the people can decide again who they want managing the country at the macro level -- gangsters and traitors, or people who wish to serve and improve Taiwan.

Another good start would be to arrest People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) and former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) -- for conducting dialogue with the People's Republic of China (against the Constitution and law) -- and to prevent the director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, Chen Yunlin (陳雲林), from coming to Taiwan unless he recognizes the visit on state-to-state terms.

Fear and ignorance are the only things that stop most Taiwanese (and most people around the world) from taking the necessary steps to preserve their way of life.

The economy is not going to crash tomorrow, China will not invade willy-nilly, not all politicians are dirty (though that dubious honor is spread evenly amongst the leading cadre in all parties) and we don't have to lie down and accept our "fate" just because a bully tells us to.

China is a bully and if you don't stand up to bullies, they will only take more. It's time the government got some courage, ignored the salivating media, cleaned up its act and started being proud of Taiwan and it's vision for the future.

Trying to timidly push forward an independence agenda gains no respect. Please, be bold or you will allow the snakes and rats to run amok and open the back door to what will become the third foreign occupation of Taiwan in 150 years.

Ben Goren

Taichung