Failure of Leadership Plunges Liberia into Economic, Political Peril

first_imgIt was King Solomon who gave us this most critical warning: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”The good Lord gave all human beings brains and eyesight, which are the sources of vision. These brains and eyesight are reinforced by faith, if one is fortunate to embrace faith in the Almighty. This, remember, is why this new country, the United States of America, which is at least a half millennium, and in some cases over a millennium, younger than any of the dynasties of Europe, the Middle and Far East, has emerged as the world’s richest and most powerful nation in history. Why?Because this relatively new nation, which is barely 130 years older than Liberia, was founded by a daring and determined group of patriots – people who truly loved their country and all the ideals of Freedom, Democracy and Good Governance that they envisioned – who also possessed something else that so many other dynasties and nations did not take seriously—Faith in Almighty God.These Americans inscribed on their national currency a highly spiritual motto: “In God We Trust.”That visionary decision, founded on the people’s faith in the Almighty, their ingenuity and patriotism, has made America rich, prosperous and powerful, more so than any other nation the world has ever known. Yes, there were the Caesars’ Roman Empire, the Byzantium and the British Empires that for generations controlled many parts of the earth—but through oppression, subjugation and slavery.Slavery is the enduring stain on American hegemony, too. But the great American President Abraham Lincoln fixed that by winning, on April 9, 1865, the Civil War waged by the secessionist Southern States against the Federal Government, and by his 1865 EmancipationProclamation that freed the slaves in America. It would take time for this Emancipation to be complete. Today, a century and a half later, immense progress has been made. The Civil Rights Movement, backed by Black Americans’ faith in God and their indomitable spirit and determination, forced America to change and today, there is a Black man in the White House. And despite all the hell the mostly white Republican Party gave him, President Barrack Obama has been there two terms and is poised, by the grace of God, to be succeeded by another member of his Democratic Party.Yes, the Americans are still striving toward “a more perfect union.” But let’s face it: they have already achieved a lot, through their faith in God, their patriotism and ingenuity, which have made them not only the world’s richest and most powerful nation, but one thing more: a nation that showed the world how to GIVE BACK. Because of this, American academic institutions—their high schools, colleges and universities—are among the world’s most endowed, most creative and most favored, attracting students and scholars from throughout the world. How?Because their alumni—the people who passed through their hallowed walls—when they succeed in life, GIVE BACK in the hundreds, thousands and tens of millions of dollars each year.Where are we going with this narrative?We are pitching it in stark contrast to Liberia, which was born in the belly of America. Our Constitution and Flag are both patterned after America’s, and our Capital, Monrovia, was named after the American leader during whose presidency Liberia was founded, James Monroe (1817-1825).And yet, because we have failed to learn from America’s democracy, patriotism, their serious faith in God, their Protestant Work Ethic which, combined with their ingenuity, have propelled them into greatness; here we are, Africa’s oldest independent republic, at the bottom of the development ladder in almost everything, including EDUCATION, the sanctuary of the future. Look what is happening in our National Legislature, particularly the House of Representatives which is in complete turmoil—why? Because of greed, selfishness and total lack of patriotism or vision or even respect for the people who put them there. These so-called people’s Representatives—Honorables, they like to call themselves—are nothing but a bunch of self-serving people, who have largely surrendered their powers to a manipulative Executive and ended up in hopeless turmoil.It is so bad that the country, in the ninth month of the year, is yet without a national budget—why? Because of greed for power, corruption and also because of internal bickering, self-serving bigotry and a total lack of patriotism.Although the House is now comprised totally of those “who own Papa’s land,” they have turned out to be the worst House of Representatives in history. They have paralyzed the nation, driving it to the precipice of peril.Do these Representatives care that Liberia is at the bottom of the ladder in everything, including Education, and has abandoned our little boys and girls, from the age of four, and our teenagers and young adults to the streets selling chicklet and water, instead of being in school? Do these Representatives care that Liberia’s economy is firmly in the hands of foreigners? That the land in the Deputy Speaker’s own hometown, Buchanan, is being swept away by the sea, with the remaining land being bought up by Fulas? We end this Editorial by calling, once again, on our Liberian people to WAKE UP and each and every one of us work for change—change in leadership of our country that will propel us toward unstoppable good and help us to achieve the destiny which we believe the God of nations has set for us. Let us in faith, patriotism and with determination, seize it and move our country forward to achieve its long desired destiny! Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lowly 49ers enter tourney on a high

first_imgToday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the sixth-seeded 49ers take on No. 7 UC Irvine (6-23) in the first round of the conference tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center. The first game of the day will pit No. 5 seed Cal State Fullerton against eighth-seeded Pacific at noon. “I think we have started to find our indentity,” coach Mary Hegarty said. “I guess better late than never, but the team definitely seems like they’re on the same page and they’re all together. And it’s taken us a long time but we finally have a solid starting lineup and a good rotation. “We have played with every team in the conference and nobody has really run away with things against us. So I think we have a chance against any opponent that we face. We know that we have had some moments where things are hard as far as scoring goes.” The 49ers average only 54.7 points. But they scored 73 against Fullerton and then, after a 60-50 loss at UC Davis, they beat Irvine 77-63 in the regular-season finale. It seems strange to say that a 7-22 team is heading into its postseason conference tournament with confidence, but that appears to be the case for Long Beach State University. Its women’s basketball team is the not-so-proud owner of the aforementioned record. But the 49ers finished the regular season winning two of three, starting with arguably their best win of the season, 73-59 over Cal State Fullerton. The game before that, Long Beach hung very tough before losing by seven to UC Riverside, which won the regular-season Big West Conference title. 49ERS WOMENBig West Tournament semifinals Today: vs. UC Irvine, Anaheim Convention Ctr, 2:30 p.m. center_img “So we’ve learned to endure those (moments) and survive them,” Hegarty said. “I think there is a little bit of resilience that we have now. So I do think we do have a lot of confidence. A lot of people might think we’re crazy, but the last several weeks have been good for our confidence.” One of the reasons the 49ers scored so much over their season average in recent victories were because they did not give up as many second-chance points. In the 52-45 loss to Riverside on Feb. 15, Long Beach was outrebounded 52-44. More importantly, the Highlanders had 18 offensive rebounds; the 49ers had 12. Against Fullerton and Irvine, Long Beach allowed only 11 and 12 offensive rebounds, respectively, and were outrebounded overall by just one and three, respectively. “I think the offensive rebounding category is something they have tuned in to,” Hegarty said. “When you rebound, you are able to get in transition. You couple that with taking better care of the ball at times, getting some decent shots, and you start to get a few easy baskets.” Hegarty apparently has been getting her point across. “The main focus in practice has been rebounding,” said freshman guard Courtney Jacob, who had 11 rebounds against Irvine last Saturday. “A lot of rebound drills, boxing out, just making sure we get the ball before the other team does.” Sophomore guard Karina Figueroa is averaging 16.5 points and has been the top player all season. But sophomore Kaiti O’Brien has really come on of late, averaging 9.5 points and 8.0 rebounds for February, including 16 points and 10 rebounds vs. UCI. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more