LITTLE LEARNING IS A DANGEROUS THING
McCain’s gesture of solidarity was made toward a Taiwan that
no longer exists, having been destroyed by Lee Teng-hui in
what I refer to as Phase Three of Taiwan’s modern political
evolution. See "Taiwan’s
McCain’s political naiveté is humorous, and has the
makings of comedy. Senator McCain’s abysmal ignorance combined
with colossal arrogance, a mix shared by too many of his colleagues
in Congress, sets off alarm bells, and has the makings of
DEMOCRACY’S" RIGGED BALLOTS
voters are being treated to a special ballot on March 18.
Rigged ballots. In past years whenever an independent candidate
was listed on the preprinted paper ballots, his "Party
Affiliation" was indicated as "None." This
year, the space for independent candidates James Soong and
Hsu Hsing-liang’s "Party Affiliation" have been
amounts to an open invitation to less alert Soong and Hsu
voters to stamp their ballots in the blank space below
their candidate’s names instead of above their candidate’s
this a big deal? You’re goddamned right it is. Voting regulations
specify that if a ballot is stamped in the incorrect space,
whether intentionally or unintentionally, the ballot is discarded
as null and void.
nobody on Taiwan believes the ruling KMT deliberately left
the space below former DPP Chairman Hsu Hsing-liang’s name
blank so that Hsu’s supporters would be disenfranchised. Hsu
is not going to get more than one or two percent of the vote.
plenty of ROC voters have no trouble believing Lee Teng-hui
deliberately ordered the space below former Taiwan Provincial
Governor James Soong’s name left blank so Soong’s supporters
would be disenfranchised. Soong after all, according the last
round of polls conducted was in the lead.
DEMOCRACY’S" JACK BOOTED THUGS
case anyone thought I was exaggerating when I warned darkly
of a revival of the White Terror, imagine the following fictional
corrupt, scandal-ridden American president faces imminent
for the White House, Congress boasts a "friendly"
majority. Unfortunately for the president, the Speaker of
the House is fed up with the president’s unrepentant wrongdoing
and intends to defect to the opposition party. The speaker’s
defection may precipitate more defections, an opposition majority,
and as a result, the criminal prosecution of the soon to be
out of power president.
day after the Speaker holds a press conference revealing what
he’s done, IRS and FBI agents surround his home. Black uniformed
SWAT Teams burst in and turn the Speaker’s home inside out,
with the pretext of searching for evidence in an unrelated
case against a personal friend of the Speaker. Press kits,
prepared in advance, are handed out to the television crews,
who were notified in advance, all the better to capture the
event live on TV, in a calculated attempt to influence voters.
Taiwan independence fellow travelers and China bashers refer
to such a president as a "champion of democracy?"
Would they weave elaborate excuses for him?
President in this fictional case is "Mr. Democracy"
Lee Teng-hui. The Speaker of the House is Liu Chung-fan, President
of the Legislative Yuan, the Republic of China’s closest counterpart
to our own House Speaker. Three weeks ago, disgusted with
Lee Teng-hui’s overt corruption and covert separatism, Liu
defected to reformist James Soong’s camp. For this the 70
year old, six term senior lawmaker of the ROC Legislature
was subjected to political persecution rivaling that inflicted
against mainland political dissidents.
case is not unique. Other KMT members who have defected to
the Soong camp have received similar "special" treatment.
Welcome to Taiwan’s "thriving democracy."
are the shabby depths to which Newsweek magazine’s
"Mr. Democracy" Lee Teng-hui is willing to stoop
in his determination to promote Taiwan independence. The Taiwan
separatist elite’s apologists should ask themselves the following
question. If the ROC electorate really wants Taiwan "independence"
as badly as separatists claim, why does "Mr. Democracy"
Lee Teng-hui feel compelled to resort to such anti-democratic
measures to ram through his secessionist agenda?
to Government Information Office Director-General Chao Yi,
another Lee puppet, the arrival of more than 400 foreign journalists
on Taiwan to cover the presidential election "indicates
that the international community attaches great importance
to the ROC’s upcoming election, as it symbolizes the consolidation
and progress of the country’s democratic system."
WITH ONE’S DOLLARS
fact an election of sorts has already been held, and the results
are not nearly so flattering.
SHARE PRICES POST HISTORIC NOSE-DIVE OF 617.65 POINTS
March 13 (CNA) Share prices opened low and closed even lower
on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TAIEX) on Monday, with the weighted
index, the market’s key barometer, plunging a record one-day
fall of 617.65 points to close at 8,811.95. Affected by uncertain
political factors five days before the presidential election,
the bourse opened at 9,279.9 points... Losers outnumbered
gainers 582 to 13... All eight major categories lost ground...
STOCK PRICES DROP BY 195.55 POINTS
March 15 (CNA) The Taiwan Stock Exchange (TAIEX) lost ground
on Wednesday, with the benchmark-weighted price index plunging
195.55 points to close at 8,640.03."
shareholders have already voted, with their portfolios, and
they have voted a resounding, thunderous NO! No to Lee Teng-hui.
No to Chen Shui-bian. No to Taiwan independence. They have
done so decisively and unequivocally, by withdrawing their
personal fortunes from Taiwan’s economy. Just as during the
Cold War refugees voted with their feet across the Berlin
Wall, across the Florida Straits, so Taiwan voters are voting
with their NT Dollars.
are fearful Lee Teng-hui’s covert "qi Lien bao Bian"
i.e., "dump Lien, save Bian" string-pulling may
have ensured that Lee’s REAL hand-picked successor Chen Shui-bian,
will succeed him and carry on Lee’s drive toward separatism,
the opposition of Taiwan’s citizenry be damned.
Saturday, March 18, 2000, is election day in the Republic
of China. The office the candidates are running for is President
of the Republic of China.
does not have a president. It never has. Taiwan is a Chinese
province, not a sovereign state. The highest office for the
Chinese province of Taiwan is, or rather was, until Lee Teng-hui
abolished it in flagrant violation of the Republic of China’s
Constitution, Provincial Governor.
will become President of the Republic of China? I sure as
hell don’t know, and neither does anyone else. If the candidate
who has won the hearts and minds of the largest number of
voters in the ROC wins, it will be former Governor James Soong.
Lee Teng-hui’s White Terror has wreaked havoc to the democratic
process. Any hope of an authentically free and fair election
is already out of the question. If Soong wins it will be in
spite of Lee Teng-hui’s pseudo-democracy, not because of it.
It will be, as title of the Phil Collins tune goes, "Against
SCRIPT: MADE IN TAIWAN
neoconservative would be patriots thump their chests and propose
amendments against "desecrating the American flag"
I have to laugh. More than a few of these "Champions
of American Values" think nothing of violating their
fellow Americans’ fundamental right to free trade, including
the importation of cheap textile products, specifically American
flags, from various regions of China, including Taiwan, Hongkong,
and the Chinese mainland.
out of ten American flags flying on flagpoles in these United
States of America are made in the Republic of China, aka,
who wouldn’t recognize a fundamental American value if it
bit them on the ass, have been floating trial balloons about
a constitutional amendment making it punishable by law to
destroy squares of nylon fabric imported from Taiwan, as if
they were the Shroud of Turin. So what if it tramples over
the rights of sovereign American citizens to dispose of their
private property as they see fit?