Past Presidents and their Contributions to Taiwan

Past Presidents and their Contributions to Taiwan
by Glendy Chu, from news reports
translated by Bevin Chu
December 12, 2007


東森新聞報
誰對台灣民主毫無貢獻?全班大部分學生都選阿扁
2006/04/15 11:17
北市一所國中的歷史考題,問誰對台灣的民主沒有貢獻,蔣中正、蔣經國、李登輝以及陳水扁四個選項,全班36個學生,竟然就有30個學生選擇陳水扁總統。

看政治學英文12/15-12/21
今天要和您分享的是,歷屆總統對台灣的貢獻。

Of all the presidents of the Republic of China, who contributed the most to Taiwan? The answer, according to a United Daily New opinion poll, was: In first place, Chiang Ching-kuo (50%). In second place, Lee Teng-hui (11%). In third place, Chiang Kai-Shek (6%). And in fourth place, Chen Shui-bian (5%).
歷屆總統誰對台灣的貢獻最大?民意調查的名次是:一、蔣經國(50%),二、李登輝(11%),三、蔣介石(6%),四、陳水扁(5%)。

The poll also asked: Which presidents’ merits outweighed their demerits? The answers were: Chiang Ching-kuo. 65% say his merits outweighed his demerits. Chiang Kai-shek, 29% say his merits outweighed his demerits, despite the fact he has long been cast as an authoritarian strongman. And in last place, reigning autocrat Chen Shui-bian, 5% say his merits outweighed his demerits, despite the immense resources of the State at his disposal.
歷屆總統的功過比例?民意調查答案是:蔣經國,65%功大於過,已經物化的威權強人蔣介石尚有29%功大於過的評價,如今活著掌握一切政治資源優勢的民粹獨夫陳水扁,卻只有五%認為其功大於過。

Chen Shui-bian’s ratings were the lowest. Chen Shui-bian, who bills himself as the “Son of Taiwan” received an approval rating lower than Chiang Kai-shek, the man he has attempted to vilify as the “Chief culprit in the 228 Incident.”
陳水扁之民意評價最差,自命為「台灣之子」的陳水扁,尚不如陳水扁口中的「二二八元凶」蔣介石。

The public shares a common historical memory: Taiwan’s transition from martial law authoritarianism to liberalism constituted a Golden Age. Once the Democratic Progressive Party assumed power however, everyone ceased referring to “Taiwan’s economic miracle.”
民間的共同歷史記憶是:台灣在威權戒嚴到解嚴開放時代,國家社會在諸多方面皆曾漸入佳境。但民進黨陳水扁政黨輪替7年後,沒有一個人敢講”台灣經濟奇蹟”這6個字。

The public shares the perception that after the DPP assumed power, Taiwan underwent a relentless decline in many areas. The perversions of the lawless Chen Shui-bian regime have turned Taiwan into a spiritual and moral desert.
民間共同的現實認知是:民進黨執政後,台灣在許多重要層面,不斷向下沉淪。無法無天的陳水扁之倒行逆施,使台灣在精神及道德上實已儼如人間地獄。

Chiang Ching-kuo was close to ordinary working people. His best friends were laborers. He empathized with the underprivileged. His administration was close to laborers and farmers, and kept its distance from wealthy businessmen. He despised the corrupt, and never trusted them. He detested “black gold” corruption. Today’s rulers by contrast, are kleptocrats, officials who collude with businessmen to exploit the poor for the benefit of the rich.
蔣經國接觸的是下階層的勞工,最要好的朋友是工人,內心十分同情弱勢族群,施政較關懷照顧工人、農民,而遠離多金的商人,對貪汙者深惡痛絕,永不錄用,也沒有黑金政治,今日當權者貪腐治國,官商勾結,劫貧濟富。

Chiang Ching-kuo’s frugal lifestyle, compassion for the downtrodden, and unpretentious public image, were spontaneous expressions of his inner character. By contrast, today’s politicians are petty and caustic. They harangue ordinary citizens. They display scant sympathy for the common man, and behave hypocritically.
蔣經國生活儉樸,探求民瘼,親民愛民的平實作風,是其仁厚胸懷的真誠自然流露。反觀今日當政者尖酸刻薄,與民對嗆,心無百姓,卻虛偽造作。

Chiang Ching-kuo loved Taiwan. He didn’t just talk the talk, he walked the walk. During the August 23 Battle of Kinmen, he risked his life looking in on the troops at the front lines. Chen Shui-bian by contrast, lied and exploited legal loopholes in order to evade military service. Chen Shui-bian talks about his “love for Taiwan,” even as he destroys Taiwan.
蔣經國是真正用行動愛台灣,八二三金門砲戰,在槍林彈雨中,他多次冒險到前線慰勞守軍。而陳水扁貪生怕死,為了逃避兵役,不惜說謊、鑽漏洞。陳水扁只是用嘴巴愛台灣,實際是害台灣,陳水扁是讓台灣退步的罪人

Chiang Ching-kuo braved the elements leading military veterans as they built the Central Cross Island Highway. He exercised unflagging determination, entrusted only individuals of character, promoted major infrastructure projects, and created Taiwan’s economic miracle. An equitable educational system enabled children from Category Three Impoverished Households to attend National Taiwan University. Under Chiang’s rule, society was harmonious, crime was low, and the people enjoyed increasing wealth and prosperity. The “Chiang Ching-kuo Era” was a Golden Age in the nation’s history. His contribution to Taiwan cannot be denied.
蔣經國披荊斬棘,帶領榮民弟兄開闢中橫公路,勵精圖治,用人唯賢,推動十大建設,開創經濟奇蹟。公平的教育制度,使三級貧戶的兒子也能考上台大。而社會祥 和、治安良好、族群融合,人民安居樂業,「經國之治」堪稱是國史上的盛世,對台灣的貢獻實在是不容抹煞。

People today say that given the choice, they would choose an authoritarian president who was selfless and altruistic, clean and uncorrupt, who loved the common people, who led the nation to prosperity, over a shamelessly selfish, insatiably greedy, hopelessly incompetent president such as Chen Shui-bian, who knows only how to incite ethnic hatred and empty the nation’s coffers.
人民說;如果有讓我選擇的機會,我情願要一個無私無我、不貪污、愛百姓、經營國家建設的威權總統。而不要一個自私自利、貪得無厭、製造族群分裂、淘空國家資產的無能總統-陳水扁。

Chen Shuibian is a complete fuck up when the average person in Taiwan thinks he is worse than Chiang Kai-Shek…The polls speak for themselves.

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