Not exactly. I do research and ask the right people questions precisely because I don't know enough. Even about my own research. There is still much I don't know about the '04 presidential election and what went on behind the scenes. If you look at my writing, I say when and where I am not sure or where I am speculating.
What I mean about having it all figured out, is the general attitude I see on these forums and a lot of very rigid Westerners who live in Taiwan anywhere from 1 day to 25 years and are very sure about who is right and who is wrong in Taiwan because they have such a black and white point of view of democracy vs. authoritarian government. It's quite simple to them and they shut themselves off from any information or real life stories that might suggest otherwise.
The fact that my research or personal experiences get laughed at on a forum like this points to a mentality of "I know better than you because I know". There's plenty of people like this from all backgrounds. Westerners and local Taiwanese alike. They have 1 faction in their head and believe that it applies to real life in all situations to generalize what the truth is. When in fact, in any given national election, there are more than 10,000 voting stations in Taiwan plus the off-shore islands and a number of things can happen in all of the voting stations either on purpose or by accident and by either party or individual with all kinds of different motivations.
This is what I mean by having it all figured out in your head with a simple factoid that all voting stations have reps from both parties in the voting stations so cheating is not possible.
None of us know what happened in all of the voting stations, but we can study the data provided by the government for all of the voting stations to make certain conclusions and look at cases from each voting station.
Mucha Man wrote:
Betelnut wrote:why bother when you have it all figured out right?
You are talking about yourself there, bud. I never claimed to have it all figured out. You have though. If such a claim is a sign of lunacy then you've just outed yourself.