Why Power Turns CCP Leaders Bad
Chinese experts note that many people were not bad
before they became Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
officials. But once they assumed a Party position and
were given certain powers,
their character became progressively worse.
How so? Let’s take a look.
This year is the 100th anniversary
of the Xinhai Revolution, which has brought
China’s past and present, sharply into focus.
Recently, a large number of dissidents were arrested
or disappeared in China.
The human rights condition, under the CCP’s rule
is deteriorating at a fast pace.
Hu Ping, Chief Editor of Beijing Spring, brought up
the question, “Why did the Communist officials
become so bad once they got into power?”
Hu Ping: “Artist, Ai Weiwei, suddenly disappeared.
The CCP leaders know that this is illegal.
It’s wrong to cover a person’s head with a black hood.
and abduct him. Can they pretend to not know this?
How can they turn a deaf ear to this?
How can they sleep at night?
We should really think about this issue.
Those CCP officials used to live in ordinary society.
They used to live among us.
They really weren’t that bad, back then.”
Hu Ping used to study in Beijing University.
Chinese leaders, like Hu Jintao, Wen Jiabao,
Xi Jinping, and Li Keqiang were students of his time.
Some were even his school mates.
As students, they were not bad people.
Yet, once they became Communist officials,
they started committing very bad deeds.
Hu Ping believes that some officials simply adopt
a “look-the-other-way” attitude
towards the evil surrounding them.
Hu Ping: “Some people in the world
live their lives as one big compromise.
Party officials are part of a corrupt system.
If they decide to make waves and buck the system,
they will be ostracized and kicked out.
Some officials are dead against
some of the CCP policies, such as cracking down
on political dissidents and Falun Gong people.
But they dare not speak up against the injustice,
for they really don’t have the power to fight it.”
As a student of Tsinghua University, Hu Jintao,
enjoyed a good relationship with his classmates
and teachers, and was described as a kind gentleman.
During the Cultural Revolution, his father, Hu Jingzhi,
was persecuted and killed.
Since then, Hu has never gone back
to his hometown of Tai County in Jiangsu Province.
The controversial Premier Wen Jiabao,
was once thought of as a good student
with high grades, and a caring heart.
He defied the CCP and published articles
in People’s Daily, commemorating on Hu Yaobang.
He has won the name of “People’s Premier.”
Hu Ping believes that the CCP leaders are
constrained by the current political system.
If they openly push for reform,
they worry about corrupt officials opposing them.
However, Hu Ping still believes that
the current CCP leaders, at the highest level,
are totally responsible for China’s ongoing problems.
Hu Ping: “Now they are in the highest position.
They can’t blame everything on their predecessors.
They have the opportunity to reform the country.
In Mao’s time or Deng’s time, the senior
or heavy-handed officials might stop them
from reforming. But these people are all dead now.
The current leaders can’t blame anyone but themselves.”
Current affair commentator, Lan Shu, said,
“CCP officials are human beings.
They, too, have human nature.
Yet, what they show is a strong Party nature.”
Lan Shu: “Once human nature has a conflict with
Party nature, the human nature side of a person
is subdued by the Party nature side
CCP’s history is full of such examples.
In a conflict between human nature and Party nature,
one has to make the Party’s interest a priority.
The more power a CCP official has, the more
the Party will require him to maintain its interest.
Hence, the more an official will oppose the people.”
Yu Jianrong, Director of Social Issues Research Center
in the Rural Development Institute,
at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said,
that China now has too many “sensitive issues,”
“sensitive people,” “sensitive subjects,”
and “sensitive days.” The conflicts between officials
and the people are fierce.
But the authorities use “maintaining stability”
as an excuse to suppress people’s calling
for basic human rights.
Hu Ping believes that CCP leaders have to
stop the suppression of human rights.
Otherwise, they will be doomed and punished.
Sixty years after WWII,
Germany still forced Nazi war criminals to stand trial.
It is evident that every evil deed done in human history,
no matter how long time ago it’s been,
has to face justice.
Lan Shu called on the senior CCP officials to
withdraw from the Party. He believes, as long as
the Communist members withdraw from the Party,
their human nature will be restored.
Lan Shu: “Once you withdraw from the CCP,
you will feel liberated and will no longer be bound
by the Party’s doctrines. Then your human nature
will naturally come out again.”
As for now, the number of people renouncing
their memberships in the different CCP organizations
has exceeded 95 million.
Lan Shu said, “When former CCP members
withdraw from the Party, it’s a liberating,
As their Party nature diminishes,
their human nature re-emerges.
For those who have withdrawn from the CCP,
this is a real, tangible experience.
NTD reporter Li Jing and Bo Ni