“Do you promise to bring faith, hope, and joy to your marriage?” When the bride and the groom answer “Yes I do”, a vow is made. What happened when one of the partners never intended to keep the promise at first place?
It turned out to be the case when it came to the marriage between the people of Taiwan and President Ma Ying-jiu. Ma, a hardcore believer in reunification with China, had always envisioned a future with China, or better yet, his “fantasy” of China. However, he kept on denying his true intention and kept on promising things that he never intended to do.
After Ma was re-elected earlier this year, it became increasingly clear that President Ma had his own agenda. Taiwan seems too small for his political ambition. He wants to be recognized for his contribution to a peaceful Cross-Strait relationship. Since he is a green card owner, he cannot care less if Taiwanese people will lose their civil rights under China’s totalitarian regime.
The freedom and democracy Taiwanese people had fought so hard for in the past 65 years was never part of Ma’s core value. His ultimate belief is “reunification with China”. That is why he can turn completely deaf to Taiwanese people’s cry for a sovereign country and an identity clearly distinguished from that of China.
When two partners have no shared values, the marriage is doomed to be miserable. Since we, the people of Taiwan, are the true owners of this country, he will be the one to go when the divorce is made. Ma must remember that he won the second election by a slim margin of 5%. Impeachment is not only likely but actually on the way.