Legions of my homeland, Liberia.
Today, with deep conscience, I honor the progressive class of Liberia. Only people with barren sense of history or possessed by historical prejudices will not appreciate the profound depth of contribution made by these great legions of the homeland. Like all of us, mortal beings, they are not free of faults and filths, but their contribution to the homeland cannot be ranked any less, it remains outstanding and indelible. To those of you who throw tantrums and diatribes at the progressive class, I pray that someday soon you lose out, against the rusty chains of ignorance or that you unshackle yourself from the scourge of hatred and paranoia born out of this stark reality hat concerns Liberia’s checkered history.
The irrefutable facts are that; your history would have remained wretched without the gallant and justified resistance of the progressive class, and you would not have had a George Weah as President today. You would not have democratic freedom today. You would not have multi-partyism today. You would not have representations at the Legislature today. All of these came on the backs, sweat, pains, and blood of the progressive class in Liberia.
You see over many years of deep thought, I have come to realize that a nation that forgets its past, dishonors its heroes, only curses its future. This analogy applies to or manifests the reality in today’s Liberia. That’s why in most other civilizations and countries, memorial days are set aside to honor their heroes and heroines. But in Liberia, we dishonor our heroes. Weird, right!
My fellow countrymen, we must appreciate the past to navigate the future. May God help us all. These legions are incised in my book for the heroic role they played in ending the callous debauchery of the state by an oppressive class-caste system once. I reject the fallacy and doltish proposition postulated by some that, the progressive class failed Liberia. How? Stop regurgitating gibberish you shameless bunch of HISTORICAL REVISIONISTS. Look, the progressive CLASS has duly fulfilled its role in Liberia’s historical existence, the baton is now passed on to our generation, it is up to us to either right the wrongs or continue to betray our peoples, demean and pauperize them, and whatever we do, history will have the last say. To all progressives, I give my most respect, I offer my salute and proudly doff my hot! You are truly legions of my homeland. May the struggle continue! Shalom!
—-Robert moncio Kpadeh
Main pic: Gabriel Bacchus Matthews(deceased), leader of the Progressive Alliance of Liberia(PAL), Togba-nah Topoteh, leader of Movement for Justice in Africa(MOJA), H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, Jr. of MOJA and Amos C. Sawyer of MOJA. PAL and MOJA were the two progressive political advocacy groups that led the struggle for social justice and democratic change in Liberia.