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Vietnam’s Communist Leaders: Money, Power, But No Respect

Posted in IV. Columns, Politics with tags , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by Ian Pham

For a long time now, we have gone over all the problems that Vietnam is faced with, along the different ways to fix them.  We’ve been discussing the possible strategies that the Vietnamese leadership could take to turn the country around, as well as how to deal with the coming Chinese invasion.  Even with all this discussion, the change that happens in Vietnam is so limited, it seems like nothing substantial is actually happening.  China is still bullying Vietnamese fishermen in the eastern sea, poverty and violence is still rampant inside the country, and the human rights situation is as bad as it has ever been.

What’s with all this lack of progress?  Why are the Vietnamese Communists still making all the foolish decisions that they’ve been making in the past?  Furthermore, why have the Communists not corrected so many of the obvious problems afflicting the country such as human rights and corruption?  These issues are not hard to fix, and it’s not like they are left to deal with these problems alone either.  Countries like the U.S., Canada, and many western countries see many personal benefits in helping Vietnam fix itself.  Sadly, the leadership in Vietnam has not caught on, or have they?  Vietnam has been presented with so many golden opportunities, why haven’t they capitalized on them?

Let’s clear this up right now.  To a certain extent, the problems plaguing Vietnam today can be attributed to what we call the stupidity of the Communist Party.  However, this explanation is way over simplified and does not accurately depict what the leaders in Vietnam are thinking.  The reality is, they actually do understand all the benefits that they could bring to Vietnam.  Everything we have talked about, all the obvious and practical solutions that I have presented over the existence of this blog, the Communists already know.  They know that fighting corruption would improve the country’s development in a substantial way.  Not only that, they do understand that fixing human rights would definitely win the U.S. over to their side.  Surprisingly enough, they also understand that the country’s people has enormous potential, and that becoming democratic would lead the country into a new era of prosperity.  So with all this in mind, why do they still maintain the broken system, the corruption, and the repression?

The reason for the prevalence of this status quo by the Communist Party is simple.  Despite the knowledge that a few small but critical reforms can transform the country for the better, the leaders in Vietnam just can’t bare to part from the money and power that comes from being a Communist dictator.  Communists members like Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, former General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, and the rest of the Politburo keep the Communist system alive because it allows them to benefit from the pain and suffering of the Vietnamese people.  As the inheritors to the money and power, the “men” at the height of the Communist Party are entitled to many privileges and lavishness.  They will do anything to make sure that they do not lose this entitlement.  These Communist pigs would not hesitate to kill their own people, or even to sell out the country to the Chinese, as long as they can defend their own power.

The Communist leaders themselves do not believe in the ideals in which The Party identifies itself with.  They know that Communism is dead, they know that Ho Chi Minh lied to everyone, they know how harmful the status quo is to every citizen in the country.  The Communist know all of this, but they refuse to change it because they are too greedy, selfish, and cowardly.  If they decided to side with the U.S., they would have to deal with the corruption and human rights.  If they were to crackdown on corruption, they would no longer be able to syphon the money from Vietnam’s economy.   If they improved human rights, then the people would rise up and hold them accountable for their corruption.  Lastly, if they let their people see the smallest glimpse of what democracy can bring to Vietnam, The Party would cease to exist as we known it.  As a result, the Communists would lose all of their powers and privileges, and fail to amount to anything.

For all the reasons mentioned above, the Communists will do everything in their power to keep the country weak and their people ignorant.  They would not hesitate to let their own people die at the hands of the Communist police or the Chinese pirates.  There is no telling how far they would go to defend the power that they inherited from their revolutionary predecessors.  That is why, when we characterize the Communist Party, we know they have money, we know they have power, and we definitely know that no one respects them.  It is actually wrong to even call them leaders, a more accurate word to describe them would be cockroaches.

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