Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Change In Africa Begins With You

T.Q. Harris Jr.
 Have you ever wondered why decade after decade the pictures of malnourished African babies and their starving mothers never go away? Or, why Billions of Dollars in aid pour into Africa yearly and yet the human misery continues to rise? Perhaps it has to do with giving an African a fish to eat rather than teaching him how to fish himself. Aid to Africa must go beyond crisis management and begin supporting long-term plans with African input, designed to produce sustainable results. The financing of elections in Liberia is no exception.

At the moment, we are in the heat of a political battle that will determine the future of millions of Liberians and we need your help. Please make a donation to the TQ Harris Presidential Campaign and support Liberia’s transformation into a post-modern nation. Log into TQ Harris Vision: http://www.tqharrisforpresident.com/TQ_Vision.html

Did you know that the international community has given Millions of Dollars to fund Liberia’s upcoming electoral process? This, however, might yet again be another misguided investment in Africa. The elections will only be meaningful when all sides are convinced they have a fair chance at winning. In other words, the playing field must be level. One-sided elections tend to diminish confidence in the democratic process which ultimately leads to violence. It is no secret, elections in Africa generally are won by those who have amassed huge fortunes through corruption and or violence; yet the international community continues to support these elections.

You can break this vicious cycle by donating to the TQ Harris Presidential Campaign. We are the Loyal Opposition with a long-term plan to end decades of violence and lead reconstruction. But, due to high unemployment and extreme poverty, it is impossible to raise money inside the country to compete effectively. And without fair competition, the 2011 elections will have no effect on the living conditions of Liberians. Please help level the playing field by making a donation now.

For your convenience, here are four different ways you can donate: 1. MoneyGram or Western Union; 2. Bank Wire Transfer; 3. Bank of America Account; and 4. Check or Money Order.

1. MoneyGram or Western Union: Donate online through MoneyGram - www.moneygram.com or Western Union - www.westernunion.com or go into a MoneyGram or Western Union location near you. When sending money the destination is: LIBERIA. Receiver Name: JOHN BLACKIE (John has ID. No question/answer required). After the money is sent, please Text, Phone or Email us. Text: 562.824.0385; Phone: 562.256.4271; Email: stand@who.net. Say: I Donated. Give SENDER’S NAME, CITY from which the money was sent, AMOUNT and the REFERENCE/CONTROL NUMBER. You will receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours.

2. Bank Wire Transfer: Bank Name: Access Bank Liberia. Address: Johnson & Ashmun Streets, Monrovia, Liberia. Account Number: 01212002233-54. BIC: ACLILRLM. Receiver Name: M. H. Gibson. Address: Barnesville Bend & Stop, Monrovia, Liberia. After transfer is complete, please Text, Phone or Email us. Text: 562.824.0385; Phone: 562.256.4271; Email: stand@who.net. Say: I Donated. Give YOUR NAME and AMOUNT. You will receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours.

3. Bank of America Account: Make a deposit at any Bank of America branch into this Account: 01632-07617. Routing Number: 121000358. Account Name: TQ HARRIS FOR PRESIDENT. After making deposit, please Text, Phone or Email us. Text: 562.824.0385; Phone: 562.256.4271; Email: stand@who.net. Say: I Donated. Give YOUR NAME and AMOUNT. You will receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours.

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Catlettsburg, KY 41129. After sending Check or Money Order, please Text, Phone or Email us. Text: 562.824.0385; Phone: 562.256.4271; Email: stand@who.net. Say: I Donated. Give YOUR NAME and AMOUNT. You will receive an acknowledgment within 24 hours.

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Inside Liberia with Bernard Gbayee Goah

Everyone is a genius

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. – A Einstein

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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