It’s all about winning
Looking at the current political scene, politicians resemble working ants searching for the larvae of others. The Uri Party, which bifurcated as it pursued former Prime Minister Goh Kun, did so because Goh Kun was popular in the polls. As soon as the Goh Kun “butterfly” flew away, they animatedly pursued the former president of Seoul National University, Chung Woon-chan. The Uri Party is even combing a red ant cave, showing interest in the former Gyeonggi Province governor Sohn Hak-kyu. Over-whelmed by a fervent desire to win the election, they have lost all sense of circumspection. The Uri Party shows no interest in political philosophies or policies; they are only interested in winning the election. They may want to win the election, but it is not time for the ant to go searching for caterpillars.
The Grand National Party is not that much different. The candidates are not competing on policies. They have only proposed symbolic, grand projects whose validity cannot be resolved through endless debate. They support particular candidates based on their probability of being elected, not according to their policies or leadership skills. Regardless of party, winning has become everything. Although the moral character of a candidate is important, the next five years can be fruitful only when the policy and vision of the candidate is scrutinized. Through a competition of policies, candidates exude an influence on one another and grow similar; it is a process of convergence regarding national objectives and policies. Without this facet, the nation will be overrun with glitzy policies that have not been adequately reviewed.
The writer is an editorial writer
of the JoongAng Ilbo.
By Kim Jin-kook [email@example.com]