By Obediah Browne (April 23rd 2005)
"...whether the mandate of the Liberian people is pointing this time to an out right good bye to social evils and its economic counterparts and a rousing welcome to a society foundation on the rule of laws,sustainable development,economic vibrancy ,political stability and technological rebirth - all remain locked in the decision of the people....."
Cataclysmic and redemptive events, by their very nature,elicit and engender a variety of responses,some prompted by the devastating nature of the things themselves,others by the disparate nature of those who suffer the backblast of these events.
The event(s) of October 2005 promise(s) if not to bring about the ecstasy of a redemptive event if the Liberian masses are prepared to meet at this critical juncture in their history their common foe with "valor unpretending" and shake themselves out of the crust of mono-party domination,tribal hegemony,bad governance,economic vampirism,state plunder and misuse and all other appendages of an evil society.On the other hand,these events also are sure to bring down cataclysmic punishment and retribution upon this generation in case of political myopia,miscalculation and dismal performance at the polls as exhibited during the July 1997 elections.In fact, given my rereading of historical events and their cause- effect relationship,I strongly believe the economic plunder and political misuse Liberia suffered at the hands of Taylor and his cabal will not be equatable to the wrath and seething cauldron the results of October 2005 is capable of producing.
The month October has a historical and revolutionary importance but whether this historico-revolutionary importance is capable of becoming a reality in Liberia's case remains an enigma that can only be decoded by every Liberian.The month October, exactly 88 years ago witnessed the systematic death of Menshivism ,an ideology of sectarian oppression,and minority domination of the Russian political sphere and the birth of Bolshevism,a people-centered ,development-oriented, and economic-motivated revival of the status quo as seen in the faces of men who lay down their lives so that others could have life and have it more abundantly.This singularly important act of unsurpassable gallantry is not the subject matter of our argument ,let's roll on.
Exactly 88 years have passed though,and the world might have changed tremendously but one thing remains:the interconnectivity between/amongst historical events. Liberia as a political entity has witnessed unprecedented and unconditional bottlenecks in finding the laws of motion of economic and political development.This has obviously led to stagnation in her quest to truly shine politically,economically and socially as the Lone Star of Liberia yea Africa. Several factor ranging from greed and marginalisation to tribal hegemony and war are responsible. Going into these issues is sufficient to thwart and divert our attention from the issue at stake.
The events leading to October 2005 elections send seismic wave at times into my spine and at times joy and hope arrest me again. These events realistically speaking ,have constituted a complex equation-a maze of historically and politically disconnected events. Strangeness,peculiarities and surprises are some of the items on the menu of events leading to October 2005.But whether the mandate of the Liberian people is pointing this time to an out right good bye to social evils and its economic counterparts and a rousing welcome to a society foundation on the rule of laws,sustainable development,economic vibrancy ,political stability and technological rebirth all remain locked in the decision of the people.
Whatever October 2005 brings,we will be responsible for the consequences and fruits alike.We are in a position similar to Banquo in Macbeth.He sought to know the future and we sympathize with him when he pleads with the Witches of Endore,"If you can look into the seed of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then to me".In Banquo's case he was given a veiled prophecy that he neither understood nor was able to escape.We are luckier;we have the ability and power to shape the course of things if we bear in mind another Shakespearean advice.Our ability to achieve favorable results is determined,"by the fair weather that you make yourself;it is needful that you frame the season for your harvest".
Surely if Liberia must rise,we must frame the season and collectively tackle the problems progressively.If we fail we stand the risk of moving from gloom to doom.