KOREA: Campaign of Fear

South Korean Congressmen earn $78 a month and—in the eyes of highhanded old Syngman Rhee—aren't worth even that. Rhee has publicly branded individual legislators as "nincompoops" and "opportunists," and has privately described the Republic's unicameral Assembly as "probably the worst legislative body in the world."

While just about everybody agrees that South Korea Assemblymen are often incompetent and sometimes corrupt. Rhee's anger also stems from the occasional spark of independence that the Assembly shows. Recently Rhee demanded constitutional amendments to give the voters the right to recall Assemblymen by petition and the President the authority to dissolve the Assembly by...

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