"做 Show." does not only apply to the governing coalition, nor does it only apply to politicians in Taiwan. One need only to look at Taipei's mayor, or the western politicians who went to the tsunami affected regions for "photo ops" to see this. The result of the LY election can be read many ways, and simply because immediate TI is dangerous, does not mean that people want unification. Most Taiwanese exist somewhere on the middle of the spectrum. However, that spectrum is shifting.
No matter how you look at it, CSB received more votes than every other candidate running for Taiwanese presidency twice in a row.
I fail to see how TI is dragging down Taiwan's economy, in the long run it should balance out. You seem to forget that it is ROC that got Taiwan into this diplomatic hole in the first place, and I don't see how TI make it any worse. A stable strait solution is of course any politician's objective in Taiwan, but how much more will we have to give up before Beijing stops pushing for more and more?
PRC also removed many opportunity for ROC citizens to find gainful employment by outsourcing Taiwanese firms. You seem to be implying that the arms purchase is a result of a democratic system, overlooking the fact that KMT has bought much more military hardware from other countries over the years. And that democratic nation you speak of also happen to be in the crosshairs of PLA and 700 missiles, I don't see the fault in calling the aggressor the enemy.
We don't have enough resources to demand anything from the big players, yet we posses too much to simply roll over and let others enslave us and rob us blind. The reality is that Taiwan must take a position that benefit its people the most, but what that position is is still up in debates.
I disagree. You cannot simply jail anyone who speaks up(or shoot them, as they did) and claim that a moral difference doesn't exist between that, and a system that respects people's wishes.