Facts, right or wrong no longer relevant in 'strife'
The China Post news staffLast week, former Vice President Annette Lu urged lawmakers to impeach President Ma Ying-jeou in response to the so-called “September Strife,” for the ostensible reasons of protecting Taiwanese sovereignty and upholding a government regulated by the constitution.
September 26, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
By making such a proposal, Lu of course maintained a straight face and spoke with gravity and determination. However, there seems to be a misunderstanding over what the word “sovereignty” means. According to Merriam-Webster, sovereignty is “a country's independent authority and right to govern itself.”
As a democratic nation, it is the right of the people, or their political representatives, to impeach the president, but the connection between impeaching Ma and protecting the R.O.C.'s “independent authority and right to govern itself” seems to be rather tenuous. As a matter of fact, one fails to see a connection at all.
One can protect a nation's sovereignty by impeaching the president if the head of state in question is treasonous. Is Ma now suspected of treason? Let us say that a president is corrupt, such as the case of Lu's former colleague and immediate superior. Impeaching him while he was in office would still not have meant protecting Taiwan's sovereignty, unless he was selling sensitive information to the nation's enemies. It would have meant ensuring a clean and honest Presidential Office.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) claims that Ma breached the constitution by trying to remove Wang from the Legislative Yuan; hence, Lu's call to impeach the president in order to “uphold a government regulated by the constitution.” The speaker of the Legislative Yuan is not appointed by the president; therefore, the president does not have the authority to remove the speaker. However, it is within a political party's rights to revoke party memberships as it sees fit. Is the DPP trying to dictate who the Kuomintang can and cannot include in its ranks?
As a legislator-at-large, Wang was elected on a party ballot, and thus is not backed by any constituency. He was nominated by the party on good faith that he would represent its ideals. If he no longer represents these ideals, the party should be able to revoke his membership.