The world transforms at the tick of the clock on various parts of the globe. As the wheels of transformation turns, progressive patterns of humanity and history are revealed. One of the stubborn realities we come face to face with is the wheels of knowledge and the ever progressive speed at which it turns. In the sixties and seventies, the knowledge of type writing machine and its demand of professionals usurped the skills and application of hand written documents. Prior to that, penmanship was given serious attention in our schools.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.