Regarding today’s lead headline in the Taipei Times:
“Su elected as new DPP chairperson”
Some relevant quotes:
“The DPP is the only party in Taiwan that has its chairman directly elected by its members,” Su said after being elected. “The significance of today’s election … is that party members carried out their democratic rights through the party’s democratic mechanism.”
Only a democratic party will stick to democratic values and defend them, Su said.
“Only the party which defends democracy can make people become the real master of their nation,” He added.
…and first lady Wu Shu-jen…
Noting that casting ballots is an obligation for every party member, the first lady called for a high turnout to support Su.
Yes, it all sounds wonderful, as long you don’t notice the first paragraph in the article:
As the sole candidate for the ruling party’s chairmanship by-election, Presidential Office Secretary-General Su Tseng-chang was elected the chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday with a higher-than-expected turnout of 19.73 percent.
So that’s democracy in action. Chen Shuibian chooses his friend to be the sole candidate for the job and a big “election” is held.
I’m anxious to hear how this is any different from the KMT.
Even my wife, who is pan-green to the core, is disgusted by this.