|T.Q. Harris Jr.|
To prevent Liberia from becoming a one-party State Liberians must wholeheartedly invest in Multiparty Democracy. That means we must give our time and money to support opposition parties that have good ideas for the country; otherwise, they will vanish, leaving only the ruling party to govern as it pleases. And where there is no opposition the single ruling party will resist change regardless of how ineffective, misguided, or harmful its policies.
To compete effectively in the upcoming election we need your financial support to purchase bicycles and motorcycles as well as transport and feed our volunteers who at the moment are taking the message of OPTIMISM and TRANSFORMATION to towns and villages across Liberia. With your help we are going to win the 2011 election and start building the New Liberia. Please give whatever you can: http://tqharrisforpresident.com/Donate.html
Prior to 1944, Liberia boasted a vibrant political culture where spirited debates took place between various political parties and festive campaigning was a mainstay. The American political system transported to the new nation was well in place for more than a century. Unfortunately, this all ended with the election of President William V. S. Tubman and the emergence of his True Whig Party.
The death of multiparty democracy was the result of political leaders - perhaps out of fear - abandoning their parties and crossing over to the True Whig Party. This began Liberia’s steady decline under 27 years of a dictatorship that placed greater emphasis on attracting foreign investment rather than building a sound moral foundation.
Growing up in the late 1960s as a young lad in Liberia, and especially living in Monrovia which was full of life and vitality; I saw firsthand the pseudo prosperity created by Tubman’s Open Door Policy. By the age of ten, I had encountered people from almost every corner of the globe. Monrovia was practically a melting pot. The country’s economic vibrancy attracted every major Bank in the world. The City was bustling, and so were the communities hosting the multi-million dollar mining operations. These were happy times…perhaps the best Liberians have ever known.
With Roberts International Airport serving as a hub for Pan American Airways, the Roberts Field/Smell-No-Taste community thrived! Major international airlines, as well as private aircrafts, flew in and out of the Airport throughout the day and well into the night. There were jobs to be had - overtime work, around the clock shifts and more. The prospect of a great future seemed assured.
Life was so good that Liberians during this season would fly to the U.S. for the weekend and return to work Monday morning. Those were the days!
Harbel, Kakata, Buchanan, Gbarnga, Ganta, Voinjama, Zorzor, Tappita and Yekepa – to name a few - were places people went to relax and have fun; there were smiles and laughter everywhere!
The Free Port of Monrovia was the sight of continuous activities where not only the shipping needs of Liberia were serviced, but also that of countries throughout the region. Ships headed for the port had to wait out at sea for days - if not weeks - to unload their cargo. A number of countries in the region used the Free Port as a trans-shipment point and also purchased large quantities of American made products in Liberia. Needless to say the economy was booming!
I can remember the long convoy of trucks from Guinea snaking their way along the highway regularly. They brought mostly produce and returned with all types of products, including automobiles, refrigerators and air conditioners which were not readily available anywhere else within the region.
You ask: How did we lose it all? What went wrong? Why is Liberia now ranked among the poorest and most underdeveloped nations in the world? The answer is simple: Our leaders did not have a long-term plan! That’s why we are asking you not to vote blindly in 2011; rather give your support to the man with a plan. Log into TQ Harris VISION for the New Liberia: www.tqharrisforpresident.com/TQ_Vision.html
The surest way to turn Liberia back into a one-party state is through COMPLACENCY AND CARPET CROSSING for short term gain. To not repeat mistakes of the past, Multiparty Democracy must be protected and the Loyal Opposition supported financially! Please make a donation now: http://www.tqharrisforpresident.com/Donate.html
The Author: T. Q. Harris, Jr. is a member of the Free Democratic Party (of Liberia) who is expected to be a Presidential candidate in the 2011 Election. Mr. Harris in 1997 was the Vice Presidential nominee of his Party. He is currently the Chairman of Liberian Contempt UPS. To get more information: http://www.tqharrisforpresident.com/; http://www.friendsoftq.org/; firstname.lastname@example.org; and Phone: (562) 256-4271 Liberia: (231) 6 538827