Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Is Liberia an Independent Nation?

Is Liberia an Independent Nation?

Written by Abraham Hoff
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Source: http://www.liberianforum.com/Articles/-Is-Liberia-an-Independent-Nation.html

“Classic Modern Day Colonialism and Self-Sufficiency” Is Liberia an Independent Nation? Or Is She a Colony of the “Modern Day System of Colonialism”? Part I

I stand here today as hopeful as ever that the United States of America will endure, that it will prevail, that the dream of our founders will live on in our time. To those Americans whose support I have yet to earn: I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President, too.

We have a tragic history when it comes to race in this country. We have a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding. ... This country wants to move beyond these kinds of things.

President Barack Obama

The “Classic Modern Day Colonialism” is a story of lack of self-sufficiency, national identity and inheritance in Liberia that leads to disunity and individualism across the country. It is a story of reclaiming our independence for self-sufficiency, national identity, unity and achieving the greatest potential in the face of adversity. The “Classic Modern Day Colonialism” is a story of colonialism in the 21 century between developed nations (colonial powers) and developing nations (colonies). It is a story of lack of empowerment for the people and the dependency of former colonies now called developing nations on their former colonial powers. The inheritance of unemployment and underemployment that served as common factors for developing nations across the world and the wilding of the education, leadership, economic and gender gaps in those nations.

The worst part of this 21-century colonialism system is that former colonies now called developing nations have enhanced and adapted the brutal ways of life from their former slave masters against their own people. Just as the little girls and boys in America were prohibited from reading and writing—the indigenous children in Liberia were prohibited from reading, writing and speaking their African’s dialects because they say the African’s dialects are incivility. Just as the indigenous in America were prohibited from speaking and practicing their culture—the the indigenous children in Liberia were prohibited from speaking and practicing their culture. Just as the Islands in the Caribbean and the territories in Africa were kept down by the colonial powers—the Class Modern Day Colonialism System in the form of regulations and the system of borrowing keeps Africa and the Caribbean countries down today.

The colonial power now called (developed nations) have implemented policies that have restrained many former colonies now called developing nations who depend on the system of borrowing and the classic modern day system of colonialism to feed and educate their people. The colonial power have implemented a classic modern day system of colonialism to keep their former colonies (developing nations) and the people restrain in debts that future generations will not be able to pay for decades to come. The former colonies now called developing nations leaders spend years of seeking debts release while paying the least attention to human capital and self-sufficiency initiatives in their respective countries. In addition, went people are restraint in debts they cannot do anything thereby depending on their debtors for the rest of their lives. Some of these people even lose hope of the future, including that of their children thereby building the circle of poverty in the society. This is what former colonies now called developing nations across the world are going through.

Now is the time to declare the second independence for self-sufficiency for all former colonies. The declaration of the first independence was to secure the territories in the form of sovereignty, while the declaration of the second independence is to secure the country from the hands of “The Classic Modern Day Slavery of Countries” instead of territories. The second declaration of independence is about self-sufficiency. It is about the survival of future generations. The Classic Modern Day Slavery of Countries” is not about the servitude of the people and/or their territories; it is about the servitude of governments that are governed by former colonies called developing nations. Just as the leaders in the past declared independence for the territories in the form of sovereignty—the leaders of the future must declare independence for self-sufficiency. Just as the leaders of the past sat down and wrote the declaration of independence for sovereignty. The leaders of the future must sit down and write a declaration for self-sufficiency that would lead to empowerment and human capital for ordinary people. The aim of this declaration is to enable former colonies (developing nations) to be self-sufficiency and to prevent the policies of dependency on their former colonial powers now called developed nations.

The declaration of the second independence for self-sufficiency will enable developing nations to build their own schools; to feed their people and to run their governments instead of relying on the outside world. Always remember no one can do for a country what the citizens of that country can do for themselves. Across the world today, many former colonies called developing nations do not recognize that there are two types of declaration of independence that must be declared in order to provide sustainable development growth for the people. The two types of declarations are “The Declaration of Independence for territories in the form of sovereignty and the Declaration of Independence for Self Sufficiency). All former colonies now called developing nations must declare the two types of declarations in order to be freed from the old system of colonialism. All former colonies called developing nations must fight to secure the future of their countries just as the leaders of the past fought to secure the territories in the form of sovereignty by working with friendly nations.

Today, developing nations have achieved the first of the two but they are yet to achieve the second declaration. Consequently, these former colonies called developing nations across the world are unable to feed their people, provide quality education and provide sustainable development for their countries. Unless the old system of colonialism is abolished by declaring the second independence for self-sufficiency, developing nations across the world will continue to depend on their former colonial powers now called developed nations to feed their people; to build their schools and infrastructure, including sustaining their economy. That is why the ordinary people see 90% of their country economy is in the hands of foreigners instead of the citizens of that country and the unemployment rate is approximately 85% in those countries. Declaring independence for territories in the form of sovereignty has never been easy. There were some colonial powers now called developed nations that did not see it necessary for the people and their territories to be freed because these colonial powers were going to be out of business thereby preventing free labors at the expense of boys, girls, women, men and children of all ages.

Today, the declaration of independence for self-sufficiency will not come without a fight against these colonial powers now called developed nations. Some of the colonial powers now called (developed nations) will do anything to keep their former colonies (developing nations) from attaining self-sufficiency through the spread of smear and propaganda among the people of those countries. Some will even going as far as sabotaging the declaration of independence for self-sufficiency through the killing of visionary leaders that would attempt to bring about self-sufficiency in developing nations; but President John F. Kennedy said, “A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” We cannot be silent; we cannot leave it to others to see our countries through because now is the time for all good men/women to come to the aid of their country “(Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Lone, Grenada, Ghana, Nigeria, Guinea Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, etc.)”

Abraham Hoff

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Drawing the line in Liberia

Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah



Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

What do I think should be done?

The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
If Liberians refuse to erect a proper system in place that promotes the minimization of corruption and mismanagement of public funds by government institutions, and individuals, there will come a time when the value of the entire country will be seen as a large valueless land suited on the west coast of Africa with some polluted bodies of waters and nothing else. To have no system in place in any country is to have no respect for rule of law. To have no respect for rule of law is to believe in lawlessness. And where there is lawlessness, there is always corruption - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah

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