Ethical bankruptcyIt is unethical that Chung Dong-young and Kim Geun-tae, who served as chairmen of the Uri Party, plan to disassemble it while criticizing those who are trying to keep the party together. In May, there are many holidays, such as Children’s Day, Parents’ Day and Teachers’ Day, so ethics in our society should be encouraged. The politicians’ behavior will exert a bad influence on children.
The two benefited from President Roh Moo-hyun and the Uri Party. They served as the reunification minister and welfare minister, respectively, thanks to support from the president and the party. As a result, the two were able to raise their political status to that of presidential hopefuls. Instead, they are now betraying those who helped them. When we talk about the responsibility for the poor current status of the Uri Party, even though President Roh’s substandard performance is the primary factor, Chung and Kim also deserve blame. Chung served as the chairman of the party for months, until right before last year’s local elections. For his own presidential campaign, he went through a months-long trip to attract public attention. But for his party, has he ever endeavored with similar efforts?
Inside the party, Kim was the leader of reform forces who were not exactly in power. The Uri Party has lost the people’s support because it fussed about empty reforms such as the abolition of the national security law and the revision of the private school laws, while being incompetent in more practical matters, such as improving the standard of living.
The peaceful reform forces, the term Kim often uses, contributed to the problem considerably. After North Korea conducted a nuclear test, Kim visited the Kaesong Industrial complex and danced, which is a disgraceful act that might have also damaged the party’s status. Now, he’s trying to blame someone else.
Even though the Uri Party is humiliatingly unpopular, the argument to keep the party is the right one. If a company goes bankrupt, the executives need to return their payments and work all night to revive the company. If those executives who were responsible for the bankruptcy formed a new company, nobody would trust them.
If they still think they have no chance with the Uri Party and need to create a new party for the presidential and general elections, Kim and Chung must stay out of it because they were the top executives of the bankrupt company. At least, the two must take responsibility. That’s the correct behavior, by moral standards, in politics.