Power Doesn’t Flow from the Mouth of a Politician

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Rarely do I comment on South Korean domestic politics, but what does the last clause of the last sentence mean?

Immediately after the mass withdrawal of Prime Minister-designate Kim Tae-ho and other figures nominated by him for high positions, President Lee emphasized that he would take those events as a starting point for efforts to let the principles of a fair society take root not only in public officialdom but in all areas, including politics, economics, society and culture. This has prompted observations, however, that the president may be embarking on a large-scale turnaround through a drive for corrective inspection.

Is he going to get an enema?

The Hankyoreh, in some corporatist, South Korean version of Alexander Haig’s “I am in control here” quotes a Grand National Party legislator as saying, “the party had ‘taken the initiative.’” Michael Breen (via TMH) is also quite a team-player.

To recover its moral equilibrium, the National Assembly should remove these non-crimes from its PR armory. But not before those guilty of the same charges leveled against the nominees apologize and resign.

No, the only way to reform a political criminal is swift recourse to labor unrest, popular disapproval, and a falling stock market.

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Filed under: Korea, Politics Tagged: corruption, gnp, lee myung bak, michael breen, South Korea, tok


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