By: Sekou B. Korleh - (June 08th 2005)
"...As we approach the most important elections in our history, we have again begun to see candidates upon candidates. We have begun to hear promises shrouded in promises. But this time around we, the VOTERS, are smarter than the candidates really think we are. ...."
It has been too long when our country, Liberia , has suffered from lack of functional institutions. It has been too long when a few persons have always squandered the resources that belong to everybody. It has been too long since the Liberian presidents have masqueraded as the lords and owners of the LAND and everything therein. It has been too long when “the people” of Liberia have not been educated on the strength that is embedded within their power as a people. It has been too long when men have ascended to power in Liberia and have abused their oath of office. It has been too long since violators of the basic tenets of the laws have gone with impunity. It has been too long since Liberia has cried for a caring MOTHER. It has been too long since the heart-warming cry, “Help is on the way” was sounded. In deed, it has been too long since Liberia has longed for REFORMATION. The matter of fact is, Liberia needs it now!
As we approach the most important elections in our history, we have again begun to see candidates upon candidates. We have begun to hear promises shrouded in promises. But this time around we, the VOTERS, are smarter than the candidates really think we are. We vow to analyze every single word of every single speech and then dissect the track records of each candidate. We will consider the practicality in their promises, and we will vote not for them but for Liberia . We will transcend partisanship, tribal or religious commitments and vote for a genuine REFORMATION for all Liberians. In these elections, we will vote wisely; and we will vote for the best interest of Liberia . For so long we have heard that “there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Liberia needs that LIGHT now!
The Reform Agenda that has been envisioned to be the driving force behind Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s candidacy promises to be genuine, firm, and too honest to ever be embraced by the beneficiaries of the status quo in Liberia . Though they are in the minority, the people who have continued to benefit from the unending circle of stealing in Liberia, will attempt to do everything within their powers to resist Ellen’s Reform Agenda; a Reform that promises to refine our culture of inefficiency that is predicated upon dishonesty and self aggrandizement; a Reform that will reduce the size of the government to a small but functional size. This is the Reform that eradicates the redundancies in government but expands the private sector, whereby national resources will no longer be stolen by a few elements in society. This is the Reform that will create an environment in which every citizen will have the chance to reach his or her potential. Indeed, Ellen’s Reform Agenda promises to be firm and unprecedented in our Country, but Liberia needs it now!
In Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf we see an absolute desire to reform our society that has been entrenched, for a long time, in reckless and flagrant disrespect for the rule of law. In Ellen we see the willingness and ability to sacrifice all that she has ever worked for only for the purpose of building a vibrant and functional institution in Liberia . From her eyes protrudes a message that sounds like “Enough of this stealing! Enough of Presidents acting like Lords. Enough is enough!” From her words one can literally see a small but spotlessly clean and a “well to do” Country where rice farms, coffee farms, schools, airports, hospitals, factories and laboratories are busy twenty-fours around the clock. Under Ellen’s presidency one can clearly create a mental image of a functional society where children are neatly dressed in school uniforms in the morning hours and they are giving kisses to their parents and happily heading off to school. The creation of such a functional society where everyone has the chance to enjoy the fundamental aspects of life is a difficult task, but Liberia needs it now!
As we get ready to vote, remember that the T-shirts, face caps, handout foods, and the political rhetoric that the other candidates offer to you do not matter as much as the REFORMATION that Liberia needs now! Vote wisely and remember that Liberia Needs It Now!
About the Author
Sekou B. Korleh, holds dual degrees in Psychology and Political Science from Temple University. Sekou Korleh is a political activist and official member of many political movements. He can be reached at Skorleh@aol.com.