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12 Day Festival of Buffoonery Ends

7 Jan

No, not Christmas.

Korea Report is for once insightful about the value of the last 12 days of ridiculous brutality in the ROK National Assembly.

The ruling Grand National Party accuses the opposition parties on disruptions, but the GNP is also responsible for instigating the parliamentary crisis by trying to railroad bills (such as the contentious Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement) in locked committee rooms, using its majority advantage.

Filibuster, which is a common parliamentary procedure in the U.S. Senate, does not exist in Korea, so minority lawmakers sometimes have to resort to unorthodox methods to prevent the majority party from steamrolling legislations without deference to minority concerns.

Yet, amid the quixotic, perfunctory calls for debate over the momentous issues wrapped in the omnibus legislation is another less gracious, more cynical evaluation of the political process not even a constitutional amendment on filibustering could erase.

“The country ran all right even with those clowns in the Assembly,” I said. “Besides, how can we be so sure the new guys we are going to replace them with will not be a bunch of men and women with stiff upper-lips who have no legislative experience? They might be worse than the old ones with experience.”

“I agree it could be a problem,” he said.

“You mark my word,” I said, “at the very least, the country will be a really drab place to live in without those clowns in the National Assembly.”

That’s the Korea I love!

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Fairness Doctrine, Korean Version

5 Jan

Seoul doesn’t need a “pro-American” president, because it uncannily marches in lockstep with its nemesis on the high-profile issues, like dredging up the Fairness Doctrine. Case-in-point: netizen whining about an “evil” broadcasting bill.

Conglomerates are already taking over all sectors, hospitals, electronics, communications, manufacture, automobiles, ships, chemistry, textile, distribution, and so on. If they control broadcasting, we will live as slaves of those companies. As we know, conglomerates have cozy relations with politicians. If they take over broadcasting, who will talk about them? Broadcasting has the duty to report the truth to us. However, they will talk following the tastes of those companies and will walk for the government. If there are groups that don’t follow their rules, they will destroy them.

True Translation: “Spineless netizens, shriek for the dying of our monopoly on worthless opinions!

Brendan Carr sees clearly.

It’s a silly debate, anyway, about the newspapers being able to purchase and control broadcast media. Both newsprint and broadcast are dead in America, and I can’t imagine that Korea will somehow be immune from the tectonic shift taking place elsewhere. The newspapers see a move into broadcasting as a survival gambit, but it’s the shortest of short-term plays — like the Lusitania sailing to the rescue of the Titanic.

Please, be my guest, chaebol owners, destroy yourselves!

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