This is so nutty I can only think it’s some kind of diversion. What’s he up to?[/quote]
It’s nutty and brilliant at the same time. Of course it’s wrong for the symbols of one political party to be all over the icons of state in a multi-party democracy. It’s just plain wrong. The Nazis did this, so did the CCP, and so did Stalin.
- A-Bian spends ten minutes of his time at an election rally to point out the irony of this and wind the faithful up into righteous indignation. All of a sudden dozens of opposition politicians are wasting their time attempting to defend the indefensible instead of doing their jobs, or campaigning. They’re so busy fighting this idea with dumb ideas of their own that they don’t have the time for anything else.
- A-Bian manoevers KMT into refusing to change it’s own symbols by threatening to do with or without their consent. Of course they can only resort to bluster over such a challenge, which then leaves the only other alternative, changing the flag and symbols of state to something more neutral. DPP has long held the goal of changing the flag along with the constitution, and Lien Chan is going to help them achieve that goal.[/quote]
Absolutely spot on. The nuttiness of it all may be risky, but Chen can always rely on Lien’s bluster and Soong’s extremism to look less nutty. In the (paraphrased) words of Deep Throat, you work slowly from the outside, moving gradually upwards toward the target. If you move too fast and aim too high, then you look silly and your enemy begins to feel more comfortable. In this case, the ultimate target is not the KMT logo, but the ROC flag itself. If the KMT won’t accept the principle of party-state distinction, then have it your way, boys, we’ll change the national flag instead…eventually…because you can’t be trusted to throw off the shackles of your autocratic mindset.
The only problem with this is when the day comes that the ROC flag, etc, is dispensed with, Chen has to explain his use and presidential support for all of that “Republic of China” rhetoric. Perhaps he’s limiting his role to facilitating the demise of the KMT and leaving the rest of the job to a successor unencumbered by his maneuvering.