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Liberia’s Political Nightmares: A response to Bettie and Nagbe

By Chorphie Charlie - January 22rd 2005

...the people have spoken in rejection to these so called educated Liberians. Yet, they continue to hold a mortified view of themselves as great leaders instead of assuming guardianship of the people’s passions. I think the condemnation of the people is symphonic of psychological withdrawal, in shame that the wisdom of the Liberian people’s choice for president is excited by a common footballer. ...

The category of an “educated leader” like warlordism in Liberia is a highly contested character up for grabs these days. Especially, since, the real “political Oppong” declared his intention to run for the presidency. In view of that, echo chambers of miseducated Liberians and hostile intellectuals continue to floodgate Liberia’s intellectual market with synthetic reasoning border on juvenile amplifications as to how Liberia’s socionomic problems can be resolved. What is disheartening, is the manner in which, these tyrannous intelligence continue to castigate and disrespect the wishes of those Liberians trumpeting the Oppong’s political horn. One would think that intellectual engagement should objectively diagnose Liberia’s problem, in a framework of projecting alternative axioms for good governance, not condemnation, political agitation, and dehumanization of others’ political choice or choices. The attempt here is to expose these Oppong’s critics as Liberia’s political nightmares.

Unless miseducated Liberians and hostile intellectuals, the combine mortal diseases of Liberia’s political nightmare, as recently represented by “Yale Alumnus and Fulbright Scholar,” Theophilus Totee Bettie and computer expert, Siakon Nagbe. It was James Madison, one of America’s foremost founding father who profoundly articulated that “if men were angels there would be no need for government.” This fundamental political thought wrestled with human reason (being the only government of humanity, Locke) to the separation of power doctrine, which has maintained America’s democracy as the world’s greatest and most loved country for over 250 years.

Conversely, the very ontology of miseducated Liberians and hostile intellectuals dismisses this sacred political philosophy. And so, what has goofed Liberia’s political history are bunch of political hackers disconnected from the reality of ordinary Liberians. Instead of strengthening existing social institutions [like the senate and House of Representatives] and create conditions to curb the excesses of Liberia’s imperial presidency. These Sawyerists, politically messianic scholars continue to manipulate unconstitutional means to obtain state power, and disrespect the people’s wisdom to decide their own destiny. Thus, Liberia’s self-professed educated elites’ baptism in, miseducation and hostile intellectualism, a personality trait of Liberia’s phd (pull him down) syndrome continues to feed their blind and misguided ideology seeking an angelic , so called, know-it-all, educated person to pilot the affairs of statecraft.

In their synthetic logic, Bettie (Ills of Sycophancy, 2005) quizzed whether, “are there Liberian with the intestinal fortitude to tell ‘our emperor’ that he is wearing ‘no clothes?” in reference to His Excellency, United Nations Ambassador, George Oppong Weah. For his part, Nagbe (Circumventing deficiency, 2005) asked, “What can a semi-illiterate do for Liberia?” He (Nagbe, 2005) further argued that “[Ambassador] Weah might have ‘love for Liberia’ but I would rather believe that he would not permit a farmer to do an open heart surgery on him because that farmer has ‘love for medicine’.”

Depersonalizing this exposition is important for instructions to understanding Liberia’s political nightmares. Because, the significance of, the growing responsibility of any modern democratic state distant from personal dependency. Therefore, administrative problems associated with public policy and implementation, in any democracy, primarily concerns itself with social legislation and the effects of judicial decisions guaranteed by constitutional practice. Individuals are not left to catalogue and dispense the social goods of government. That is why, in America, a farmer like Jimmy Carter can become president. So too a movie actor, Ronald Reagan became president. This heightens prescription for a political system in Liberia devoid of an educated tyrant in the form of an angelic personality to steer Liberia state of affairs. Simply put, the human conditions is flaw, which demands that Liberia governance must compose of (a) legislative enactments and, (b) principles which are derived from the experience of the judicial profession.

Therefore, the questioning of a “semi-illiterate” capability for national leadership equally reverses to those posing that very question. What have functional illiterates [miseducated Liberians and hostile intellectuals] done for Liberia? Warfare, death and destruction? Is Bettie not a Liberian? Why our “Yale Alumnus and Fulbright Scholar” wants someone to ask the “emperor” whether he is wearing clothes or does Bettie lacks the “intestinal fortitude” to pose such a question. Where is the sycophancy here in the people’s choice for better leadership? Moreover, we must inquire who the real emperors here are. Is it not these miseducated Liberians and hostile intellectuals? The evidence is clear; the people have spoken in rejection to these so called educated Liberians. Yet, they continue to hold a mortified view of themselves as great leaders instead of assuming guardianship of the people’s passions. I think the condemnation of the people is symphonic of psychological withdrawal, in shame that the wisdom of the Liberian people’s choice for president is excited by a common footballer.

What we are witnessing, as expressed by these miseducated Liberians and hostile intellectuals, are overdue aggravation and accelerated modification of old patterns due to the mortal diseases of inadequate leadership. Thereby, losing hope in the political game, they seek to return to the old philosophy of aristocratic ranking by using the academy-who holds what kind of degree-as a criterion for presidential power.

Liberia cannot at this “injury and stoppage time” continue to experience educated tyranny, in which the struggle for political leadership is simply a matter of acquiring the most/best terminal degree. Already, Liberia case is unique, and such thinking cannot apply, not even in the great United States has such misanthropic view ever held up. For me, it is clear that Liberia’s political nightmares sheltered by miseducation and hostile intellectualism, remains the main obstacle to the promise given by the Sovereign Creator, the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness. The “reinvention syndrome (Dolo, 2004)” continues. Thus, the juvenile amplifications of our two miseducated Liberians and hostile intellectuals, Bettie and Nagbe weakens their case for “redefining the contours of concrete skills sets needed to erect an infrastructure for a modernized [Liberian] society (Dolo, 2004).”

Articles by Chorpie Charlie>>>>

About the author:

Chorphie Charlie is a social and political commentator who resides in Philadelphia. He can be reached at

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