On April 20, 2016, a Taiwanese public strategy researcher and chairwoman of the Kuomintang (KMT), little hot pepper Hung Hsiu-chu both used the word “blind” to express their doubts about the new government’s ability to maintain Taiwan’s status quo and in future dealings with the aggressiveness of the Chinese Communist regime towards Taiwan.

The researcher commented at length saying that president-elect Tsai Ing-wen and her new government, and the new legislators are suffering from “democratic blindness”.  Kuomintang’s chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu says that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the New Power Party (NPP) and their legislators are blind populists.

The researcher described incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou as a “donkey wearing blindfolds”.  He said that the “democratic blindness” of the new government and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen may eventually “bankrupt” Taiwan.

He says that extreme political bias of the DPP now dominates social rationality, that the “violent vocal minority” is completely refuting the “rational silent majority”, that in Taiwan, “there is only populism”, that “exclusiveness” has “killed off inclusiveness”, that the new government has a “hollow national outlook” and a “hollow leadership”.  “Efficiency and competitiveness” are “completely negated” by not emphasizing the “vitality and the dynamic forces of innovation, breakthroughs and the spirit of adventure of the people”.  “Intellectual resources and innovative forces” are “denied” opportunities to contribute to society.  The new government seems to be adopting a defensive strategy while abandoning efforts to push ahead “offensively”.

The researcher praised former president Chiang Ching-kuo for his ten infrastructural development projects that made Taiwan into a civilized high income country (1987) with prosperity, wealth and global competitiveness.  There was a clear national goal and hard work had a purpose.  However, all these achievements have been wasted away by former president Lee Deng-hui’s anti-China stance and former president Chen Shui-bian’s “policy of locking Taiwan in”.  Incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou has pursued a policy of “no unification, no independence, no war” to “maintain the status quo”, achieving nothing, like a “blindfolded donkey” going nowhere.  Now, Taiwan has no national goal and the life of the Taiwanese people has no purpose.  It was during the era of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo that the people stood together with the Kuomintang government, forging forward, upward and outward to seek breakthroughs, to create Taiwan’s international status, to pursue all out globalization, to develop high tech industries, to innovatively create wealth.  The government and the people were united in protecting the country.  However, the former opposition party (the Democratic Progressive Party, DPP) worked against the KMT leaders, worked against the government, worked against “the sovereignty of the nation and the society”, and “hollowed out” Taiwan’s national goals.  On January 16, 2016, the DPP won a majority in the legislature and its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen won the presidential election to become Taiwan’s first female president.  However, their ideals, their values, and their attitude of governance are extremely  worrisome to a majority of the people of the whole society.  There is a lot of doubt about their ability to lead Taiwan out of social and economic stagnation and out from their “democratic blindness”.

The “democratic blindness” of the DPP confines and limits Tsai Ing-wen’s future government, and it is difficult to see how she and her government will be able to make any breakthroughs and turn the situation around.  There is also a lot of doubt whether Tsai Ing-wen will be able to shed the emotional and irrational social populism and make a breakthrough, and break out from the populist democratic blindness.  Will populist democratic blindness lead to total bankruptcy politically, economically and socially?

[Master Chen Says]  Taiwan is suffering from emotionally charged irrational populism, and many see this emotionally irrational populism as a growing obstacle that will handicap the new government.

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Victor Chen, herbalist, alternative healthcare lecturer, Chinese affairs analyst, retired journalist
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