Friday, September 24, 2010

KEEPING THE 2011 LIBERIA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES HONEST ON THE FOUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF THE LAND

AN OPEN LETTER TO LIBERIA PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Written by Abraham Hoff
Chief Community Organizer of LEAD Liberia

The theme “BY GOD’S COMMAND” is the quest for level playing fields through the eyes of the masses. To all Presidential Candidates, what will you do to provide level playing fields for the masses? This generation is belief to be the chosen generation in modern history. It is an unstoppable force that the world had ever seen since its inception; 60 to 100 years ago, young people were asked to stay in the back why their parents take on the fight for social justice, peace and equality but today young people are leading the fight for justice, peace and equality across the world.

We don’t have to take a survey to know that we are part of the chosen generation from Africa to North America; from South America to Asia; from Europe to Australia and Antarctica; we have seen innovation in technology, politics and the internet while global warming is on the rise therefore we have the responsibility to protect ourselves, children and the nation that have been entrusted to us “BY GOD COMMAND”. We have the responsibility to provide social justice and equality for all, regardless of tribal, religious and traditional believes. What will you do to ensure justice and equality for all?

We have the ability to accomplish things our founding fathers never dream off. We have the responsibility to protect the civil liberties, justice and equality for all of mankind regardless socioeconomic class, religious and traditional believes because we have been called to a higher calling. We have the responsibility to make sure that no child goes to bed hungry and that all children are given the same chances and opportunities through incentives for ambition, while managing and constricting greed and exploitation that may lead to the masses being dependent on the few who control everything. What will you do to ensure that all children are given the same chances and opportunities through incentives for ambition, while managing and constricting greed and exploitation in the private and public sectors?

We have the responsibility to empower the people through education because when the people are empowered they become the backbone that builds the country. We must not forget that economy empowerment and families’ values are the core values of development, which leads to security, peace and prosperity for all. We have the responsibility to limit monetary waste while eliminating fraud and corruption through government over-sized programs. What will you do to empower the Liberian people?

Just like God, went he told the forefathers of the children of Israel that they were not going to enter the promise land instead he allowed their children to posses the land. Today, God has called us to possess the promise land. This doesn’t mean it going to be easy however one thing that’s sure is, we are going to win because if God is for us who can be against us. And if GOD commands, we cannot fail. However, we need to be untied because in union strong success is sure and with God above we shall overall prevail and shall meet the foes because our country cause defending. What this mean is we have been destined for greatness. Just like Pharaoh, went he was told to let the children of Israel go; he refused but the strong hands of God compelled him to let the children of Israel go because power will not give up power easily but if God is for us who can be against us.

Power will not give up power easily but if we speak with one voice and united on a common cause power shall surrender to power. The children of Israel were called to greatness therefore they could not fail. Greatness is from God and the interest of God cannot be stopped. I came to understand that a person who sits back and complains about the system of injustice, oppression and suppression while doing nothing is just as guilty as those who institutionalized these systems. It is just like the person who wants to become a doctor, lawyer, etc. but doesn’t want to go to school that person is just like anyone who does not plan for the future.

We cannot sit back and complain about how things are not right; how the system is broken and needs to be fixed. Poverty is on the rise while injustice is the hallmark of the day. The price of gaining high school and college education is unbearable for both parents and students. Hunger and diseases are killing millions of parents and children at like, even right in our back yards. We don’t have to travel far to know that this is the reality our families, friends, and neighbors are faced with each day; many parents have to choose between feeling their children and sending them to school, this shouldn’t be in our society. Our words must be matched with our actions because sitting back, complaining and doing nothing about the challenges we faced each day will not solve the problems in our society. What will you do to make sure your words match your actions?

We must do the right thing by engaging and educating ourselves while advocating for social justice, peace and equality because we have the power to compel change for the better. Change that intends to engage and educate all politicians about the lack of self-sufficiency, unity, national identity and inheritance in a country that was ruined by 14 years of uncivil war that led to over 250,000 Liberians’ death. The important of faith, value and determination in a society where people survive through hoping that one day things would get better for the nation, children and themselves.

Thank you and May God bless the Republic of Liberia.

LEAD Organizing For Liberia


Abraham Hoff, Chief Community Organizer
077384990 leadliberia@yahoo.com

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