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Commentary: Record Not 100 Days

By: Togba-Nah Tipoteh

Many people get disappointed when they do not see what was implemented in the first 100 days of a new state regime and what they expected to be implemented. These people get disappointed because they fail to observe the entity’s record before it becomes a State regime. This Commentary helps people to focus on the record rather than on the 100 days.

The record should be the focal point because it is the record that will provide what was done that will enable any person to know what the record will be rather than the 100 days. This commentary helps people focus on the record. If a person has not done anything good in the past, it would be highly unlikely that the person would do anything good in the present and the future. When a person who has a bad record gets appointed, people get disappointed. When a person who has done well gets appointed, people are not disappointed.

When there is an appointment for anyone who has not done well, there is business as usual. It is important to know the correct definition of the expression business as usual in order not to become confused. Business, as usual, refers to repeating the same mistakes. Only our Creator does not make any mistake. We, human beings, can make mistakes, but business as usual means that we do not learn correctly from past mistakes and proceed to making the same mistakes.

There is disappointment in many quarters now because people are aware of the past mistakes made by the persons who have been appointed. Some of these appointed persons made mistakes that led to the loss of lives. Then there are corrupt persons who made mistakes but have been elected lawmakers, violating international sanctions and the Magnitsky Act. These violations will lead to loss of lives when there are insufficient funds to facilitate the flow of human and other resources to the health sector.

The only way to stop and prevent the disappointment is by making appointments of persons with good records. The only way to get persons with good records elected as lawmakers is to transform the prevailing unfair electoral system into an enduring fair electoral system. The only way to get this transformation is when persons with good records get elected to bring in the system of Justice, the indispensable ingredient for Peace and Progress in Liberia and in any other country.

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