Dear Mr. Tung Chee-hwa,
Although acquitted on perjury and obstruction of justice charge in the U.S. Senate in
connection with the Monica Lewinsky scandal, U.S. President Bill Clinton is still under
the shadow of being penalized district judge Susan Webber Wright stated on Monday (April
10, 1999) that he lied about Lewinsky in a Jan. 7, 1998 deposition in Paula Jones case.
The lie has caused him to be cited for contempt of court.
Historians believe this is the first time a U.S. President has been found in contempt
of court in a civil case. This episode is a good example of American
democracy. That is, if a president has broken the law, he is liable to punishment just
like any ordinary citizen. It is a good lesson to the citizens of countries
like the democratic Taiwan and communist China, and countries, where democracy is growing
but has not fully matured yet.
Another inspiring incident was the Russia parliament's plans to impeach Boris Yeltsin.
The Russian President faces impeachment for his poor economic policies. If the Duma's
action succeeds, it may lead finally to Yeltsin's ouster.
The impeachment effort of the Duma is, like the citation of Clinton by Judge Wright, an
example of what the President of a democratic country may face if he does his job poorly.
If we are to have a really democratic government there must be a change in this situation.
It must be a government with checks and balances in the true sense of the term. We hope
the next presidential election of Taiwan will bring about such a change.
From the reports, Britain's new effort to modernize a holdover from the days of empire
--- laws that its colonies have kept unchanged for more than 100 years --- is firing up a
rebelling among some of the queen's not-so-loyal subjects.
In our views, this is a sign and syndrome of civilization, that relate to equal human
rights. We hope that Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong can learn really democracy
from United States.