Rethinking The Liberian Dream

A New Year Day Message By Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus
 Fellow Liberians,
Finally, we have all crossed over to a brand-New Year—2024; we have crossed over with plenty of “ my Christmas on you; my New Year on you” and of   course, with people begging for everything! Beyond this petty harassment here and there that kept some of us cagy of crowd gatherings,  we have crossed over    with renewed hopes, and aspirations to live together as one family and protect this common patrimony called the Republic of Liberia.
That said, we are blessed to be counted amongst the living; and we are very much grateful to God Almighty to have had the majority of our fellow compatriots looking far beyond crowds politics and making a solid and sound decision to give us  a “Rescue Mission.”  Democracy is truly the voice of the majority–an election for any public office is indeed numbers! CDC had good crowds but did not have better voters and so we blew our chances into the thin under the canopy of complacency!
 In the view of the majority of Liberians, and we must honorably  concede the painful reality that  the “Rescue Mission” was “better” and had an excellent policy prescriptions  to revamp the economy and restore basic social services   than  the “good” and huge-crowds pulling strategy  of the CDC at political rallies. The CDC and UP have given us a great idea of the true meaning of the words “good and better” in politics.
In his “good”  concession speech that  became the last straw that broke the camel’s back and left many wetting their pillows with tears, President Weah welcomed the advent of the “ Better Rescue Mission” by saying the: “CDC has lost but Liberia has won.” This is why the  “Rescue Mission” whose  historic victory the President has labeled as “Liberia has won” certainly  deserves our unreserved support, and our prayers too.  We congratulate the “Rescue Mission” on its seemingly grueling but; promising   journey to lift Liberia from social and economic imbalances to higher heights in these trying times.  There’s no time compelling in the history of Liberia to seek the aid of a “ Better Rescue Mission” that has vociferously marketed itself as the only viable political alternative, capable and ready to lead by  good examples and transform Liberia, than now.
Reassured  by these lofty ideals and  promises made, we cannot help but admit that the “Rescue Train” with us all onboard as passengers,   is set to take off  at  a time  when the future of the  youth population  of Liberia is being hijacked and gradually destroyed by drugs barons. Our youths have been exposed to drugs and those who should provide a responsible leadership to safeguard their future, are in beds with the drugs barons. Besides, we have witnesses and continue to witness in the past six years,   the highs and lows of   life. And this has been happening  in the face of a raucous  GDP growth, which  in truth, seems quite like a “paper tiger” economy  that  wobbled and plummeted significantly as one economist once described the Liberian economy as  “growth without development.”  There was no trickledown effect   seen or   felt   in the salaries of civil servants; businesses   nosedived horrifically, agronomic development became a fanfare at press conferences with no economic returns from the huge loans borrowing;   some people lost their lives, i.e. mysterious deaths, disappearances  in the streets; homes– the streets   chaotic, and  strangely, were   surrendered to  thieves and armed robbers-cum-motorcyclists, wreaking havoc at will,   and snatching the properties of  their unsuspecting victims; drugs trafficking and drugs barons became the “new normal,” with  drugs traffickers and drugs barons masquerading as businessmen and businesswomen importing millions worth of  cocaine unchecked. This is the state of the nation that the Rescue Mission” has vowed to rescue from social and economic degradation, insecurity and lawlessness.
At the advent of the   CDC to state power in 2018, the motto was “Hope for Change” but that hope never came; change that should have lifted over one million of our precious citizens out of poverty became a fairy tale! With “Hope and Change” vanishing into the thin air, the scramble for survival became a “dog eat dog” situation. So, here we are,  we remain poor but not without hope, and have been  promised  to be rescued from the hands of    those in charge of law, who, should have  led the war on drugs and drugs trafficking  to curtail the rape and drugs-addicted behavior  of our youths to  secure the future of  our country.
 The Minister of Justice Frank Musa Dean turned blind eyes on drugs trafficking and aided and abetted TRH and its owners who imported the US$100m worth of cocaine to get walk Scott-free. The Rescue Mission is taking over a country that is battered and bruised from the alleged excesses and omission of its fellow compatriots whom it has labeled as “incompetent” to lead and govern.
Truly, the CDC has been able to effectively  govern for the last six years but pathetically, it has not been able to  progressively lead by any good example worthy of emulation because it has obfuscated itself with bootlickers and charlatans like the Musa Deans and others  who have used its  laissez-faire   policy to hurt and steal from  a lot of innocent people.   The real challenge facing the “Rescue Mission” should not be how it has decorated itself or how it has arrived at the decision of being a “Rescue Mission.”  The real challenge is,  the Rescue Mission   must garner the courage to set the country on a solid political trajectory with a clear vision backed by concerted narratives palatable enough to redefine the true Liberian dream, and thereby  build a wholesome functioning society. We need a country of laws and not of men! And this is our prayers!
 This is why we cannot wait to see the Rescue Mission in charge! In rescuing a nation with such myriads of socio-economic and political problems, it is important for the Rescue Train to take into account our recent history. The task on hand is  greater than meet  the eyes. Our brothers and sisters   must understand that man by nature is an animal; and when let to roam unchecked, he debases himself in a character that reflects his true animal behavior. The fact that this country is being infested with drugs addicts, corrupt men and women  is not an accident, and the reason is in the last six years, this   country has been running itself; it has been exposed to extreme liberalism or laissez-faire attitude so much that  everybody became a law and gospel unto himself in the name of freedom and democracy; the streets were overtaken by gangsters and drugs barons who ran riots everywhere, selling drugs and using Liberia as a transit point for the global  drugs trade. Rebuilding  a nation that is accustomed  to lawlessness  requires new ideas; it requires   sacrificing certain basic fundamental  rights to achieve greater democratic dividends that include  respect for the rule of law,  civil liberties, human rights, good governance, and security.
 The CDC did not do everything  to satisfaction; it wallowed and let down its most ablest, committed and dedicated partisans; and in most instances, it failed to come to their rescue when  the time  came to call a spade a spade, and sadly it has become a pathetic reliquary of its  own past aspiration as the most populous grassroots political party  and  now finds itself in the dustbin of the opposition because it disregarded  the  solemn idea of forging a national cohesion.   All platitudes aside, the CDC Government was tolerant, respectful and it  kept afloat the stability of Liberia above the storms, and succeeded in navigating Liberia’s progressive path to democracy and the peaceful transfer of power. All cynicisms aside, the CDC deserves our gratitude.
We thank the CDC for bringing us this far with its “good” management of our country, but we congratulate the RESCUE MISSION for promising us a “better” and secure future. Indeed,  the CDC  is  good but the Rescue Mission is better in rethinking the Liberian dream!
Happy New Year From My end!

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