Tuesday, October 5, 2010


T.Q. Harris Jr.

It was wrong, however, these were the rules at the time. Before passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a Black person in America was forbidden to use the same door as a White person when entering or exiting a building. People of color could not drink from the same water fountain as Whites. It was illegal for a Black person to sit with Whites at the same lunch counter. Blacks and Whites were not even allowed to use the same restrooms. A company could refuse to hire an applicant simply because they were Black. And when riding the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, Blacks were required to sit at the back.

Everyone knew the rules and that was it, until a little Black lady became sick and tired of the naked injustice and said enough! Enough! Her name was Rosa Louise McCauley Parks. Ms. Parks had obeyed the rules all her life, but on that fateful day she simply refused to give up her seat on the bus to make room for a white passenger. This singular act of defiance would change not only the plight of Blacks in America, but minorities in general.

Whoever said one person could not make a difference was made a liar on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A.

Politics aside, you know deep down in your heart that the vast majority of Liberians have suffered grave injustice since the founding of this nation, and that the brutal 15-year war exposed major issues that can’t be ignored. You know it was wrong for a few in pursuit of selfish ambition to cause the deaths of so many of our precious friends and loved ones. You know that after destroying the entire infrastructure and ruining the lives of millions it is absolutely wrong for these same individuals to insist on governing, even to the extent of threatening further violence should there be any attempt at stopping them.
Furthermore, you know that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – whether she intended to unleash the level of violence visited upon this nation or not – is the person most responsible for the destruction of lives and properties during the war. You know as powerful as he has tried to present himself, the Charles McCarthy Taylor of 1989 did not have the stature, money or international connections to put together the war machine that flattened this nation. You also know as long as Ellen insists on being the President – elected or not – there is no way we can justly rein in those who actually carried out the mayhem, because a number of these individuals started out taking orders from Ellen as head of the NPFL warring faction. You know if this was not true Ellen would be shouting from the rooftop in an effort to vindicate herself and set the record straight. And you are also aware that Liberia will not recover anytime soon if those bearing the greatest responsibility for the atrocities are allowed to operate outside the law.

Last but not least, you and I know full well that Liberians themselves – not the US, UN, EU, AU, or ECOWAS – must lead the way in restoring law and order; and this is the moment!

In exactly 12 months from now we all could be celebrating the start of a brighter future rather than lamenting the continuation of business as usual. All that’s required is for you to refrain from doing what is popular, but rather do what is right. Electing a new government would be a VICTORY for the entire nation! We then can start anew by choosing, at least for one election cycle, men and women to govern who are not connected with the war and, or past corruption. This is how we end the era of war and violence.

Having revealed our long-term VISION for Liberia, you now know exactly where the country will be headed under TQ Harris’ leadership. Individually, we can begin planning our lives. Because the year 2030 will soon be upon us, considering how fast the last 20 years went by.

Without a definite plan Liberia 25 years from now will not be much different than it is today. We must CHANGE DIRECTION…CHANGE ATTITUDE…CHANGE LEADERS and set Liberia on the path to EXCELLENCE. Log into TQ Vision: www.tqharrisforpresident.com/TQ_Vision.html

Ms. Rosa Parks on that fateful day set into motion events that would eventually change the great United States because she refused to accept things as they were. YOU don’t have to accept Liberia as it is. Stand with me today and let us give birth to a New and PROSPEROUS Nation! This is your defining moment! Please make a donation now: http://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/; liberia1@charter.net; and Phone: (562) 256-4271 Liberia: (231) 6 538827

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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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