“Excuse me. But are you for Trump or against Trump?” Sooner or later people in the U.S. will start to ask this question to whoever before they initiate any relationship.
Likewise, in Korea, before you build up any serious relationship whether in private or in business, you may want to ask this simple question to other person. “Are you for Moon or against Moon?”
Nowadays, the names like Trump and Moon surely raise some divided and complicated emotions in the mind of people such as loyalty, anger, love, hate, respect and contempt.
On the other hand, in ruling party of Korea, it is interesting to see the falling down of some politicians in light of the rumored curse. The curse that says whoever challenges sole leadership of President Jae In Moon in his party will be doomed. Regardless of the curse, after this clean-up, it will surely become a one man’s party.
It would be a very efficient and orderly party without any dissidents inside. We have seen this often in the past. Former president Chung Hee Park and Doo Hwan Chun also wielded the almighty power in his own party.
Also, it’s not new even in modern politics to see “the one” in politics. In Turkey, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is “the one” in the ruling party AKP. In Russia, president Vladimir Putin is “the one” in the ruling party of United Russia.
Maybe it’s a trend favored by people today. Maybe people want a strong man in a ruling party. Maybe it is the way it should be. Yet we don’t know.