Parking Ticket

By Kevin Lee
NEWS Reporter


 

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ust before winter term, I wrote an opinion article commenting on the peaceful protests in my home country, South Korea. Said protests have now borne fruit through the impeachment in President Park Geun-Hye on charges of mass corruption within her administration.
In early December, the Korean National Assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill suspending Park. Following that, the Korean Supreme Court held impeachment hearings from January 3 to February 27. On March 10, the Supreme Court upheld the impeachment legislation with a unanimous vote, 8-0, ousting the president from office.
Since March 10, Korea has been officially in election season as the constitution dictates that an election must be held within 60 days after the president has been removed.
Elizabeth Im ’18 said, “Although my opinions aren’t strong enough for me to make an opinion about somebody specific yet, I am sure that someone who can do their job for the nation’s people will rise.”
Especially after a president who shared confidential information with someone outside of government, and one so corrupt, opinion polling shows that most people think that the person who can do the job is Moon Jae-in, a left-leaning politician from Busan. This opinion is not only common in in Korea; most Korean students with an opinion at Mercersburg Academy also support him.
I support Moon for a variety of reasons, but the three I feel strongest about are the following: first, I agree with his opposition to the Terminal High Altitude Air Defence (THAAD) system in Korea, because it ostracises and alienates China in our joint quest for a safer Korean Peninsula.
I concur with Moon’s opposition to Korean national security laws for their historic use by right-wing authoritarian presidents to shut down left-wing opposition, an act that spits in the face of the democracy that Korea is supposed to be.
The final major position I support is Moon’s promise to reimplement the Sunshine Policy, which provides aid to North Korea and provides encouragement for unification, as opposed to our current policy of condemnation and sanction.
The most recent polls show him at 40.8%, while his closest competitor, Ahn Cheol-Soo of the centrist People’s Party sits at 30.9%. The remaining 28.3% are divided among the nominees for the two conservative parties (one pro-impeachment, the other anti-impeachment).
On May 9, this turbulent period in Korean history will come to an end, and hopefully, with a vote for someone more competent this time around.

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