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Monday, October 09, 2006


Voters of Taiwan: recall all the pan-blue legislators

Time for some political jujitsu

Six and a half years after losing Taiwan's presidency, the pan-blues are still wailing and gnashing their teeth about the "bane" of democracy which threatens their very existence. These days, the duties of hypocritically opposing "corruption" are being publicly handled by Taiwan's Charles Bronson lookalike and debt-ridden has-been, the overly-hyphenated buffoon, Shih Ming-teh

He's a partisan, and he'll cry if he wants to
An article on page 3 of today's Taipei Times says that the supposedly "non-partisan" Shih is preparing to launch a recall against all pan-green legislators who don't support his and the pan-blues' shrill drive to depose President Chen Shui-bian. His real goal, however, is to get the pan-greens to do his bidding. Here's the bait:
If pan-green legislators decide to support the second presidential recall motion and hand the future of the president over to the people to decide through a national referendum, the campaign will end its month-long protest, organizers said.
Doesn't that sound tasty -- an end to all the nonsense?

Not so fast! Remember the threat behind that bait.

Also remember this. Less than a month ago, I redundantly pointed out the partisan nature of Shih's rabble-rousing, and the subsequent behavior of his camp has consistently proven this to be correct. Here's the comment from Shih's spokesman (formerly-painted-as-neutral) which I criticized last month:
"We don't want any partisan support. We try to keep this as pure as possible, as a movement of the people," said Emile Sheng, professor of politics at Soochow University, who has joined the protest camp as a media spokesman.
Would you take bait from this man or the group he supports? I certainly hope not!

This latest "carrot-which-is-actually-a-stick" comes across exactly like the behavior of a spoiled child: "I'll stop crying as soon as you buy me the expensive gift which you can't afford and I shouldn't have anyway, and if you don't, I'll hold my breath until you can see that my face is already blue." It's just another in the series of tricks from the anti-Chen camp, and you know that if you give them what they want, they'll only ask for more.

Partial recall
These faux "opposers of corruption" fail to remember, though I do quite clearly, that less than 4 months ago, KMT chairman Ma Ying-jeou (erstwhile supporter of corrupt officials like Hsu Tsai-li and Wu Chun-li), referring to a soon-to-fail recall motion against President Chen, had these authoritarian-sounding words to say:
"It's time to load the gun, but not yet time to pull the trigger, because you only get one shot at recalling a president."
Did you read that? "[O]ne shot." But how soon they forget.

Henry Blackhand has a much longer memory
A letter to the editor, also in today's Taipei Times, gives readers a short lesson in history and law which speaks volumes:
[I]t must be hard for the KMT and its allies to adjust to a legal system where the burden of proof lies with the accuser, when for 40 years during the White Terror period they enjoyed the power of kangaroo courts, in which a mere accusation was often enough to get someone a long stretch in prison or even a death sentence.
A "kangaroo court" is exactly what this all is, and it's just another of the many ways that this non-democratic mess is like China's .

Turn the tactics of your opponents back on them
So what can the people of Taiwan do about this madness? Well, turnabout is fair play, so I simply suggest that a recall be initiated against all the pan-blue legislators -- sincerely, and not as a "bluff" -- since the KMT chairman himself said they only had "one shot" at recalling the president. They've played their hand. Call their bluff, and let them fall on their faces. What are they gonna do about it -- cry to their mommyland?

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Cross-posted at It's Not Democracy, It's A Conspiracy!

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At 2:35 AM, Anonymous The Foreigner said...

I'm a bit reluctant to endorse your recall plan because I think there's great potential that both sides will end up employing scorched earth tactics, and democratically-elected legislators from both sides will be cavalierly removed.

Whatever reluctance I may have may ultimately be rendered moot by events, however. If the Blues attempt to recall Green legislators, the Greens will have no choice but to retaliate in kind.

(BTW, I was quite impressed with Mr. Blackhand's letter, too.)

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Tim Maddog said...

Hi, Foreigner. In case my post was unclear, let me fix that. Precisely because the pan-blues started this game, I say recall every last one of 'em.

Here's the thing. Shih's movement is, in fact, extremely partisan and wouldn't exist at all without the pan-blues. Despite Shih's recent criticisms of Ma Ying-jeou, Ma and James Soong -- both chairmen of pan-blue parties -- supported the redshirts.

Remember Ma handing out KMT-funded bread and soy milk to the redshirts not so long ago.

More recent than that was the news of the KMT starting another recall motion, despite Ma's earlier Manchurian Candidate-like ranting about having only "one shot" at recalling Chen Shui-bian.

I also remember the pan-blues starting the new legislative session by doing the "xia tai" dance in the Legislative Yuan not so long ago. So, is it the "blues" recalling them? To me, it's pretty clear that they've just changed their shirts.

Tim Maddog

At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Jerome said...

Certainly if any voters should start waking up, it should be the voters in Kaohsiung for their up-coming mayoral race.

If Ma shows his face down there touting the blue candidate, they should be more than ready, with a special green reception.

At 4:15 PM, Blogger STOP_George said...

I'm going to be more specific, Tim.

I believe this is a clear accountability moment for the Mayor of Taipei. As a Kaohsiung prosecutor at the Taiwan High Court has indicated:

...the city government's decision not to remove protesters in accordance with the law meant that the city was in contempt of the law.

This would not happen in a mature democracy, he said.

Damn straight! I witnessed foreign dignataries being harassed by the anti-democratic mobs -- pounding on their cars. This 10-10 event was completely out of control and there was a utter collapse of security for these foreign officials.

Since the Taipei city government is chiefly responsible for the security at these events, the Taiwanese should be demanding the resignation of Ma Ying-jeou. Anything less is a slap in the face to any foreign official that visits Taiwan in the future.

It's time to resign, Ma Ying-jeou. The whole world knows of your incompetence now.

At 6:56 PM, Blogger Poseidon206 said...

I would love to recall these blue legislators who gets paid with OUR tax money and does nothing more than acting in bad soap operas, who goes to talk shows and bad-mouth people without any consequences, who sees Taiwan's honor and security as a joke. People like that CAN'T represent us.


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