Monday, July 12, 2010

LEAD Organizing For Liberia

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LIBERIAN NATIONAL LEGISLATURE

Dear Senators and Representatives

Republic of Liberia

Today in Liberia, LEAD Liberia applauds the National Elections Commission efforts to educate the Liberian’s people on the electoral process despite the hurdles placed on its way by the Liberian National Legislature. The Liberian National Legislature sees no reasons to pass the Threshold Bill thereby playing politics with our future and the national interest of our beloved country (Liberia). But we the people have one message for our elected officials, which is “Do the right thing” and stop playing politics with our future and the national interest of our beloved country (Liberia) by passing the Threshold Bill.

We believe failure to do so will result in Liberia not having a smooth transfer of power from one democratic form of government to another. We believe failure to do so will result in the Liberian’s State being at risk. We believe failure to do so will result in Liberia’s future (The youth) being at risk. We believe failure to do so will result in the communities and our seniors being at risk. We believe the time for playing politics is over and now is the time to do the right thing. Today in Liberia, we demand respect, accountability and transparency from our elected officials. Our elected officials must listen to the people and champion the national interest of our beloved country (Liberia). Our leaders should abandon the politics of partisan division, personal greed and fine creative solutions to promote the common good of Liberia.

To our elected officials, if you will stand with the people and the national interest of our beloved country (Liberia)—we will not only support you but we will make sure that you get re-elected to your positions. We will champion your campaigns in the communities. We will champion your campaigns by using the media to promote your re-election. However, if you stand against the people and the national interest of our beloved country (Liberia). We will campaign against your re-election with the theme “THE DO NOTHING PARLIAMENT” Liberia will be a great nation and a better place to live not because of its perfection, but the belief that working in the interest of the masses and investing in our children—the youth and the national interest of our beloved country (Liberia); the belief that Liberians who love this country can change it. People who had the audacity to believe that Liberia could be a better place and the courage to make it works for all, so help us God.

Sincerely,

LEAD Organizing For Liberia

Abraham Hoff, Chief Community Organizer

077384990 leadliberia@yahoo.com

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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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