Diversionary Tactics vs Still kickin’

Perspectives on Roh’s Presidential Term Revision Propose.

Diversionary Tactics

Celebrating three years in office last year, President Roh Moo-hyun vows, There will be no constitutional revision. We won’t do it!”
One year later, now a lame duck, he shouts “Revise! Revise!” Looking for another red herring, is he? comments the weary citizen.
Roh on Tuesday said he will invoke his prerogative to propose a constitutional amendment changing the presidential term from a single-five year term to four year renewable once. (The Chosun Ilbo: January 10, 2007)

(adj.) Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change;
Traditional or restrained in style; a conservative dark suit.
(n.) One favors traditional views and values.


Still kickin’  

Everyone thought president Roh Moo-hyun was going to be a lame duck the remainder of his term. In addition, some of the ruling Uri Party was going to play the “create yourself a whole new party” card.
Across the table, Park Geun-hye and former Seoul mayor Lee Myung-bak were going to play the “primary” card and put on a big show for the Grand National Party’s presidential candidate selection process.
They’re alarmed when Roh pulls out the “revise the constitution to allow presidents successive four-year terms” card. They didn’t see that one coming, and among other things it means he is still alive and kicking and ready to set the public agenda for much of the rest of his time in office. (Hankyoreh Geurimpan: January 10, 2007)

(adj.) Moving forward; advancing; Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments; progressive change.
(n.) A person who actively favors or strives for progress toward better conditions, as in society or government.

Note: Republic of Korea adopted the single five-year presidential term in 1987 as a measure to prevent a monopoly of power under previous authoritarian (military) governments.  I do positively think it would give good impacts for Korea than bad if the presidency term is changed to two four-year term from current term.  And it could be my only agreement and favor with President these days. The unconditional objection from opposition party (the Grand National Party) without any debates on proposal is just pure disappointment.  The following cartoon is just how I see the GNP’s position.

Two four-year presidential terms? “Nay, Never, No way” the GNP’s presidential candidates (Park Geun-Hye, Lee Myung-bak, Son Hak-Kyu) immediately object.  The guy asks back “Why…I thought you all wanted to revise the term? ………… You stupid …The proposal is from Rho tong (President Roh).


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