DPP suffers temporary multiple personality disorder over debate
The China Post news staffThe Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has recently been repeatedly blasted by the Kuomintang (KMT) over its stance on the cross-strait service trade pact, specifically speaking, its stance on the upcoming debate between President Ma Ying-jeou and DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) slated for mid-September.
August 31, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The opposition party claims that the pact was essentially a backroom deal signed between the KMT and the Chinese Communist Party. The accusation really came to no one's surprise, as the pan-green camp has consistently tried to paint the KMT as a party hell-bent on selling Taiwan to mainland China, which is an interesting argument in itself.
Precisely how the KMT is supposed to benefit from relinquishing its “control” over Taiwan to the mainland Chinese has never really been thoroughly explained.
Members of the pan-green camp seemed to have forgotten that the ruling party's dyed-in-the-wool supporters are generally the veterans who fought the communists in the first place: the very people who had many of their relatives executed by the communist revolutionaries.
Precisely why the deep-blue spectrum of the KMT would have a deep love for the Chinese Communist Party has not been thoroughly explained either.
In a survey conducted by a local media outlet, more than 60 percent of the public expressed a willingness to see a debate on the pact between the pan-blue and pan-green camps. Strangely enough, the DPP, the self-proclaimed true representative of the people, said initially that a debate would be unnecessary. Why the opposition would want to decline the opportunity to express its ideas and “expose” the pact for what it is, hasn't been explained either. Less than 24 hours later, the party suddenly decided that a debate would be a great idea.
As the self-proclaimed true representative of the people, the DPP decided that it didn't want to have members of the media ask questions during the debate. As an opposition party, isn't it the DPP's duty to monitor the administration on the people's behalf? Wouldn't giving members of the media the opportunity to ask questions during the debate help achieve that end and help bring out the truth? No, apparently. No one, at least no one in the DPP, seems to be able to give a persuasive explanation to that question either.
To the ruling party's utter surprise, DPP spokesman Wang Min-sheng (王閔生) apparently said that the Presidential Office, which actually reacted positively to the idea of a debate in the first place, objected to allowing members of the media ask questions during the event. Why the spokesman thought he could get away with that statement is still pretty much a mystery, since it turned out to be his party who made that specific request.
On Wednesday, during his party's Central Standing Committee meeting, Su said that the DPP cannot evade its responsibility to engage in a debate, and that the debate will help expose the pact as a backroom deal.
Wait a minute. Why didn't the DPP realize what its responsibility was and what sort of opportunity the debate would present in the first place?
On the day that the DPP apparently made an about-face, Su said, “(My) only concern is that Ma is afraid (to engage in a debate).”
Hold on. Wasn't it the Presidential Office that reacted positively to the proposition, whereas the opposition said that a debate was unnecessary in the first place?
These little paradoxes seem to have been lost along on the way as both camps gear up for the upcoming event.
Those who actually paid attention to what was said, when it was said, and what was said by whom, however, will have observed that the DPP apparently suffered a temporary bout of multiple personality disorder.
Speaking of multiple personality disorders, will the DPP eventually come to the decision, like it did with regard to the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, that the trade pact is not so objectionable after all?