A dream yet to be ful...

  A dream yet to be fulfilled

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Since: Dec 12

Shenyang, China

#1 Jan 16, 2013
A dream yet to be fulfilled
By Steven P. Cohen
Beijing--The year 2011 bears a special meaning in China’s political chronicle, for it is the centenary of the 1911 revolution led by Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. The revolution ended the feudal Manchu dynasty and brought upon China a brand new political concept, the republic. Came along with the republic was the idea of constitutional government, whose basic principles of how a country should be governed run antagonistically to those of monarchy in which power to rule was inherited through blood-tie, instead of being generated from public elections. Though the 1911 revolution was for the most part a failed attempt to transform China into a country ruled by a modern political mechanism, the event had generated some resonating effects on China’s future political development. A dream of living under a constitutional government has been going on in the hearts of Chinese people ever since. Sadly as it may sound, Chinese people are no closer to fulfill that dream today than they were one hundred years ago.
  Though labeled as a People’s Republic, the current regime which came to power in 1949 resembles a genuine republic only by name. China’s political structure is supposed to be equipped with every apparatus that a constitutional nation should have—--a constitution, a congress, a multi party system, etc. The system looks pretty good on the surface with but one defect---none of these apparatuses work the way they should work. The communist party has the absolute monopoly on powers. The candidates for country’s every political organ are invariably nominated and assigned by the party which answers to no authority other than itself.
  In a meeting commemorating the 1911 revolution, Mr. Zhang Qian-Fan, a law professor at the prestigious Peking University, delivered a lecture. Speaking in a passionate tone and elaborated rhetoric, Mr. Zhang urged the Chinese people to be awakened to their basic political rights. Zhang denounced despotism as the worst political system ever, and called for Chinese people to follow the people of Middle East, where the “Arab-Spring” had recently toppled down many dictatorships.
  Despit e this seemingly fervent remark, Zhang refused to believe the constitutional campaign, as it may be called, to be a revolution led by a hero. There is only one hero in modern Chinese history, Mao Tse-Tung, who had written his own epic saga in the name of people, Zhang said. What China needs now is not revolution, but a peaceful transition to democracy and constitutional government. The key to success of this movement rests on a public awareness of people’s political rights and of the importance to participate in politics. Zhang believed that China had shed too much blood in its efforts to establish a modern political structure. Violence leads to more violence, and there is no end to it. A peaceful transition to democracy seems to be the ideal solution to China’s challenge provided that the ruling classes share the same view.
  Zhang was also calling for a revival of the traditional values, which, according to him, had been systematically destroyed by the rule of a totalitarian system. A constitutional system works only in an environment where a citizenship characterized by a strong sense of honor and integrity has been firmly installed among the majority of people.
  What aroused more attention than the content of lecture has been government’s apparent tolerance for the clip of the lecture to be circulated in the normally strictly censored cyberspace.

Since: Dec 12

Shenyang, China

#2 Jan 16, 2013
The video has been undoubtedly watched by million viewers, who in return could spread the words to many more.

  Could this be the beginning of a political campaign to install democracy and constitutional rights for China? The answer is yet to come. What seems to less ambiguous, however, is the emerging sign of people’s craving for change, especially ignited by political developments in the Middle East. As a country suffered from the most severe social and economic injustice, China’s one-party political structure has been seen increasingly incompetent in dealing with the issues such as corruptions, unemployment, pollution, poverty, and many more.

  In politics, optimism is necessary but the power of reality weighs in as well, for politics is a complicate process, as we were told, and its climate changes unpredictably as the impulses fluctuate in people’s hearts. Furthermore, despotism roots deeply in the heart of Chinese culture, which had successfully convinced the people of the need for a tyrannous force, in this case the party, to rule the country. Yet history evolves on its own course whose trend of change appears irrevocable when the moment comes. No force seems strong enough to stop the trend of change if people have finally reached a resolution that it is the time for them to reclaim for their long-delayed rights.

  A dream may come true some day if people dream hard enough.
lct

Beijing, China

#3 Jan 16, 2013
i know you are a idoitic dreamer,

and you will remain a idoitic dreamer.

that is all.

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