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Post Inauguration Expectations

Ellen’s Last Face in Government and Politics: What Legacy Would Survive Her Name?

A lot has been said about the Iron Lady of Liberia, Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as a radical political activist. A lot has been written about her as President of Liberia; and a lot has also been printed about her role as the Mother of Liberia. In the written thoughts some Liberians, she represents the ugly; for others, she represents the bad; and for yet some others, she represents the good. If we are to rearrange their thoughts, we could call it the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. This brings to memory the name of a movie.

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Liberia: The Emergence of Greatness Out Of Controversies

A Glance At Tpp’s Chosen Personalities In Liberia’s Hall Of Greatness

Great minds are not stagnant; nor do they carry persistent air of unbending pomposity and un-gainful pride even at critical suggestive points of agony and destruction. They seek but one thing- the good judgment from posterity and enabling environments capable of producing generations of great thinkers; great leaders; great intellects and a great nation.

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Twists And Turns In Legislative Politics: Is There Presidential Intervention?

The Legislature is a complex Branch of Government. This is not because its constitutional role is difficult to comprehend; or that its constitutional limitations impose functional problems. Its complexity is largely psycho-dramatic and stems from the fact that there is always a learning or relearning process for those who come fresh to the Legislature with no experience and those who are incumbents with wealth of experiences but have the tedious task of familiarizing themselves with the mental processes of incomers and their intellectual reactions to crucial legislative and administrative issues.

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Subjecting National Honor to Political Prejudices? Liberia Is Neither

A review of recent political events in Liberia pop up questions; questions that were asked during the William V. S. Tubman’s Liberia and successive administrations and answered in the most brutal manner; but now passionately responded to in the Sirleaf’s Liberia.  Assertively, questions that were most necessary during the Voster’s administration in Apartheid South Africa and the Smith’s Racist Rhodesia but were unkindly answered in the most ruthless manner which created the atmosphere for liberation struggles.

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Legislative Politics in Action: Election Fever in Both Houses

As Legislative politics become more and more pronounced each day for elective positions, alliances are being strengthened, threatened, or subtracted from. There are some Legislators who believe there is nothing in there for them. Others believe their association with blocs or alliances may earn them respectable and lucrative positions; while there are yet others who believe in the good alignment of their pockets to defray campaign expenses and improve their current home economies. Whatever is the case, the heat is on.

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Who Lead in Both Houses? Legislative Politics In Action

Liberia’s democracy is fast growing into maturity though there are yet a lot of works to be done for some political actors to fully grasp the beauty of it. Like never before, this era is one in which none can proclaim the dominance of a particular political class. The doors to the presidency, vice presidency, national legislature and other elective or public offices have been flung open to all irrespective of class, social standing, ethnic or religious backgrounds. It is no longer an elite caucus decision. It is rather the decision of the electorate.

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Who’s In There With Democratic Passion? A Time to Safeguard Democracy

The love for power and the love for democracy are two separate worlds of their own. When politicians speak in the name of democracy, they must be dissected whether they are seeking naked power or they seek to promote democratic values. There is a fine line between democracy and power. From the onset of the formation of political parties, organizers promised Liberians to up-hold democratic principles. They must have used the word a zillion times and won the admiration of Liberians who embraced them and crowned them champions of democracy.

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PYJ Disengages from Allan White’s Strategies

The first round of presidential elections is over. The judgment of the people will be final in the second round. Will the tone of democracy be appreciated by those who claimed democratic credentials? The world is acclaiming Liberia’s democratic process as peaceful, orderly, and transparent. They have stamp an approval of fairness to it. The National Elections Commission has amazingly performed and the system put in place was air tight against rigging. All parties’ representatives penned their signatures of acceptance to the accuracies of the results while international observers gave ovation. This is remarkable for postwar Liberia. It is an achievement that naked ambition should not tear down.

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Hurricane Sirleaf Destroys The Hopes of Opposition Parties?

For the first time in Liberia’s political history, the storm began at 5:00am. Doors were flung open and excitements burst forth. For those who pretended that nothing was strange about it, by 6:00am, they had a second thought. With great speed and inescapable force, the storm metamorphosed into a whirlwind, and then, a great hurricane of people threw Monrovia into a state of bewilderment. The sea of green which distinguished what is now called the Sirleaf’s Hurricane from Hurricane Charlie and its stubborn destructive cousins, were jubilant Liberians from all walks of life converging on Monrovia City to demonstrate to the international community that contrary to beliefs that President Sirleaf is unpopular with her people, that she is indeed Liberians favorite choice for the presidency.

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The Erring of Counsellor Tubman and the Libwin Factor

The name Winston Tubman in legal and diplomatic circles cannot be underrated; nor can it be de-emphasized in Liberia. In the academic world, he stands tall and highly respected; though there is no record of service in academic institutions. For these, Liberia has been proud that she had given the world an illustrious son who served them.

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