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The Reality Of “Don’t Mind the Liberian People; they will talk and get tired” – Part 2

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As we commenced in the previous part, the Issues Desk wishes to look at the statement, “Don’t mind the Liberian people; they will talk, talk and get tired,” as made by many public officials, including our national leaders, and consider some factors or realities that cause them to make such an insulting statement about us the Liberian people.

Perhaps it is only foreigners lacking knowledge about the don’t-care and insensitive behavior and attitude shown by our officials, both elected and appointed, who will ask about why these officials would want to address the people in this manner. But for us the common people of this nation, a people who very well know how our officials have treated us over the years, we know the factors giving rise to this nefarious mindset and disposition on the part of the governors of this state. The governors are important, but the governed are unimportant – that’s what our leaders think and believe.

Simply stated, the officials are something, but the people are nothing. The officials are masters, but the people are slaves. The officials are wise and smart, but the people are stupid and ignorant. The officials are the owners of the nation’s resources, while the people are trespassers that should not really benefit from these resources, and if they (the people) are to benefit, it should be as a result of sympathy on the part of the officials. The officials are entitled to the elephant part of the nation’s resources, but the people must get nothing or only an opossum part of these resources. The officials are the ones to make the decisions about how the nation’s resources should be used, and the people have to accept those decisions, no matter what. The officials must seek and protect their own interest at the expense of the people; the people have no interests to be protected, and they should refrain from talking about seeking or protecting their interests. This is how it has been for years.

Differently stated, the governors of this state are lords, while the governed are servants, and, as we all may know, a lord does what pleases him, while the servant is not supposed to challenge his lord. One of the principles of political democracy is that a government exists for the people. In Liberia, the opposite is true.

So we the people of this nation, although disappointed, are not surprised that our leaders bravely say publicly that they will do or say anything they wish because they are aware that the Liberian people will talk and talk and talk and finally get tired. In other words, there will be no consequences of their words and deeds because they are not accountable to us.

Our leaders believe and say that if they treat us disdainfully and relate to us deceitfully, frustration and heartbrokenness will kill us the Liberian people because when we speak out against their dirty deeds and words, they will treat it as a child’s vomit – they will not listen to us and will not do anything about it.  Even if we cried and released blood as tears, nothing would stop them from continuing their dirty and wicked deeds and words. Even if we shouted at the highest pitch or volume of our voice, nothing would stop them from continuing their wicked and dirty words and deeds.

Yes, our leaders are right. They are right to say that no one should mind us, for we will talk and talk and talk and get tired – nothing happens. The government exists for them, not for us.  It has been like this for years. Our leaders exhibit despotic and nepotistic tendencies most of the time, whether openly or secretly. They defiantly appoint their close friends and family members to important and lucrative jobs and positions anytime they wish, despite the fact that they know that they are not supposed to. And when we condemn them for doing such things, they stand on Plaza and insultingly tell us, “Don’t mind the Liberian people; they will talk, talk and get tired.”

Indeed, our leaders are right. They are right to remark that no one should mind us, for we will talk and talk and talk and get tired – nothing happens.The government exists for them, not for us.  It has been like this for years. Our leaders make public hospitals, like the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital, expansive for the common people, as if the hospitals were private ones when the fact is that they are state-owned entities. When we raise our voice condemning the situation, our leaders shamelessly stand on the Ministry of Finance and declared, “Don’t mind the Liberian people; they will talk, talk and get tired.”

Surely, our leaders are right. They are right to say that no one should mind us, for we will talk and talk and talk and get tired – nothing happens. The government exists for them, not for us.  It has been like this for years. They steal public money broad day, misappropriate the nation’s resources and constantly engage in corrupt deeds openly and secretly, although they know that they should not. When they do it and we register our displeasure, they balance themselves on the Omega Tower and shamelessly say, “Don’t mind the Liberian people; they will talk, talk and get tired.”

Of course, our leaders are right. They are right to indicate that no one should mind us, for we will talk and talk and talk and get tired – nothing comes out of it. The government exists for them, not for us. It has been like this for years. When our leaders are given millions or thousands of dollars to construct standard and guaranteed roads, they use a few dollars and build sub-standard and non-durable roads, diverting bulk of the funds to their personal use at the detriment of we the people. When we make known our anger and disappointment about their corrupt and anti-people practices, they stand on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and rudely shout, “Don’t mind the Liberian people; they will talk, talk and get tired.”

Yes, our leaders are right. They are right to insult us in this manner. They are right to talk about us in this fashion. The government exists for them, not for us. They are the wise and powerful governors, and we are the stupid and powerless governed. They are the masters, and we are the slaves. They have the right to overlook us like this. Let them go on insulting, ignoring, cheating and harming us. But, let them remember, though, that everything has time under this sun.

To be continued…
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