Government with a waterlogged brain
This is the latest description of the new government of President Tsai Ing-wen made by a member of the Kuomintang on the same day it announced a massive signature drive to hold a public vote on whether to import Japanese foods from the Fukushima nuclear disaster area.
Japan’s special envoy was in Taipei attending the annual Taiwan-Japan trade meeting on December 1, and at the opening of the meeting, he said that if Taiwan does not allow the importation of possibly contaminated Japanese foods from the Fukushima nuclear disaster area, the “feelings” of the people in the area and the “Japanese people’s feelings will be hurt.”
What did that damn Japanese say now?
The “feelings” of the guy who dispenses poison to the victim will be “hurt” if the victim refuses to take the poison? !
Many Taiwanese commentators have been finding excuses for the bumbling new government and President Tsai Ing-wen but few have been able to provide a non-politically biased explanation. Taiwanese television talking heads blame the factional infighting within the Democratic Progressive Party itself.
My question is: Why is President Tsai Ing-wen’s new Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government so inept and dysfunctional?
Here is a psychological analysis of the mentality of the new Taiwan government of President Tsai Ing-wen. It is an explanation from a psychological viewpoint. It is an attempt to explain how this “waterlogged brain” of the new government functions. This explanation is based on observations of a case of schizophrenia.
The subject’s schizophrenic condition worsened over time. Alternate personalities would take over for weeks on end without remission. The subject then had a stroke and lost short term memory. The subject’s most recent memory is of the life of twenty years ago. During physical recovery from the stroke, the subject’s gentle personality, manifested by physical weakness, recognition of physical handicap and surroundings, temporal cues and situation, would emerge only when triggered by a visual cue, such as seeing a familiar person. When the familiar person was not present, the subject reverts to the spiteful personality, manifested by strong physical strength without exhibiting any physical handicap, a strong urge to escape, and a complete lack of awareness of contemporary surroundings, temporal cues and situation, and adamantly denies objective reality.
The psychosocial disposition of President Tsai Ing-wen’s new DPP government has so far demonstrated several neurotic characteristics: (1) obstructionism and obstructive behavior; (2) stubbornness; (3) irrationality: (4) responding to problems with political solutions rather than rational solutions; (5) confusion in policy, confusion between irrationality and rationality; (6) refusal to tell the truth; (7) denial of reality; (8) dismissiveness; (9) exclusivity; (10) xenophobia; (11) intolerance; (12) accusatory rhetoric; (13) a friend or foe attitude, if you’re not my friend, then you’re my enemy; (14) single mindedness, a one track mind; (15) loss of psychosocial compassion and sympathy; (16) fanatic emotionalism; (17) non-acceptance of any alternative solutions; (18) an inability to foresee consequences; (19) intentionally ignoring other people’s suffering; and (20) extreme self righteousness.
The concept of the commonwealth
An alternate way to understand the continuous feud between the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is the concept of the British Commonwealth.
The KMT accepts the “one China, separate interpretation” concept which allows ambiguity without strict political definition. The DPP rejects this concept.
The KMT regards itself as still member of a greater Chinese commonwealth according to the definition and political framework of the British Commonwealth.
The DPP does not recognize this Chinese commonwealth concept, and it wants liberation and separation from this Chinese commonwealth concept.