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Editorial: Illusions of Deep Blues Power

Supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) are going head-to-head on social media as the electoral fever heats up for tomorrow’s local elections. The latest controversy was sparked by a post on his Facebook by songwriter and his KMT advocate Liu Chia-chang on Nov. 13. Liu Chia-chang, the founder of United Microelectronics Corp, accused Robert Tsao of claiming independence.

“You got your ROC back, [Republic of China] Even after returning from Singapore and losing my citizenship, I continue to support them by defending the side of the green independents,” Liu wrote, adding that it was an “insult to the nation.”

“when [KMT Taipei mayoral candidate] If Jiang Wan-an is elected, we will see the power of the people of the Republic of China,” Liu wrote.

Cao said Liu’s rant revealed an ingrained mentality in the Kuomintang camp. He wrote that Liu believed that only those who showed loyalty to the Kuomintang were citizens of the Republic of China, and that supporters of the Democratic Progressive Party were not.

“Using political affiliation as a determinant is an argument reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan in the southern United States. [KKK]It is made up of whites who could not bear to see blacks, once slaves and inferiors, gaining political power,” Tsao wrote.

He wrote that when the Kuomintang was in power in Taiwan, it acted similarly, citing its treatment of independence supporters before Taiwan became a democracy.

Cao’s post struck a chord with his insight into the mindset of the Kuomintang’s blue faction and its supporters. It rarely ends up in the hands of the Blue Faction, a group of foreigners (those who fled China with the KMT since 1949). He was given important positions, privileges and powers by former President Jiang Guo.

Accustomed to holding power, the deep blue faction has always viewed Honshu people (the people who came to Taiwan in the centuries preceding World War II) with suspicion and contempt. ), a Kuomintang speaker who turned out to be a supporter of independence and curtailed the Kuomintang monopoly over power.

This is most evident in the Kuomintang’s treatment of former National Assembly Speaker Wang Jinping (Wang Jinping) and New Taipei City Mayor Hou Youyi (hou Youyi). They have both been under pressure not to run for president, despite widespread appeals over political division.

The Deep Blue faction’s obsession with “blood” and the traditional racial order is also reflected in the way children of prominent Deep Blue members enjoy elite status and access to public office. can be seen in the way Chiang Kai-shek came to power and attained rock star status simply because he was the grandson of Chiang Ching-kuo.

This is also why during his campaign, Chiang Wan’an declared himself the Kuomintang-nominated candidate, the “orthodox blue” representing the Republic of China. Under this banner, he appealed to deep blue voters as someone who would fight to “reclaim” their rights and restore the lost “nobility” and the right of speech.

Tsao’s comparison of Deep Blue’s faction to the KKK reveals its sense of superiority and entitlement, as well as its desire to return to the good old days. Blue-eyed voters like Ms. Liu seem to have forgotten that Taiwan is now a democratic society. Now that the United States has closed her KKK page, it is time for Taiwan to put an end to its blue mentality and acknowledge that Benshonin, who resembled the “slaves” and “commoners” of the past, are also masters. . of this country.

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