“But there’s news for all of you people out there who’ve lied and deceived the gullible majority that history will not be unkind to the progressives. There comes a time and soon, when the people of Liberia shall identify their true leaders.”
Interestingly, the 2017 elections have come and gone and many are clinging on to the CDC victory as if it’s the triumph of their lives. Some of these very ones, like myself have always considered George Oppong Weah, grossly incompetent and unfit for the office of the President of the Republic of Liberia. But some of these people are somersaulting suddenly and are singing praises to Weah. You will not believe who they’re scapegoats, THE PROGRESSIVES!
The softer target for jobs in the CDC government seems to be an attack on the progressives. Why not? The CDC has positioned itself as an anti-progressive front chanting a refusal of the popular progressive’s slogan: “In the cause of the people, the struggle continues”, by reciting and chanting: “In the cause of the people, the struggle ends”.
With the victory of the CDC at the 2017 polls, reactionary actors who supported and contributed to regimes in the past that have oppressed and suppressed our people, through despotic and tyrannical corrupt regimes responsible for the failed state inherited by the Unity Party government in 2006, have labored vainly to deceive the public that it is the progressives instead that are responsible for the problems of Liberia.
It hurts when such accusations come from spineless people who were silent as the country was ripped apart by greedy dictators who they either supported or one way or the other collaborated with. It hurts even more when the people for whom the progressives revolution was launched, to begin with, are arguing that the revolution hurt them.
When the progressive class stood up for rights and rice, they called that ‘the rice riot’. These so-called today heroes where yesterday collaborators of the regimes that broke our citizenry. Shamelessly, they refer to those times when only a few people with certain names and belonging to certain culture and Christian denominations could get better jobs and salaries regardless of their competency, they called those times the ‘better days’.
What a joke! Even the blooded-handed, self-seeking Chairman of the True Whig Party (TWP), Mr. Reginald Goodridge who has aided and abetted crimes in Liberia and Sierra Leone against innocent people, has shamelessly joined the chorus. This scoundrel should rather be looking to repentance from God for his sins, the sins of his principal, Charles Taylor and the sins of his forebears: the True Whig party or TWP that is responsible for the mass poverty and illiteracy in our country. How can he argued that for the last four decades the progressives were responsible for the downward trend of the country when 14 of those years he and his fellow settler-descendant MacArthur Taylor ripped the country apart? Has he forgotten?
If booting out the 133 years of Americo-Liberian one-Party Oligarchy was a crime, the progressives will commitment that crime again in history. Had the progressives not changed the course of history, a George Weah would not have qualified to contest the presidency. At most he would have been an attendant in a home or on a farm of a Goodridge or one of their fellow oppressors.
But there’s news for all of you people out there who’ve lied and deceived the gullible majority that history will not be unkind to the progressives. There comes a time and soon, when the people of Liberia shall identify their true leaders. Let me close with the words of G. Baccus Mathews, one of the greatest progressives who ever lived. He said and I quote: “There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we Liberians must identify our true leaders. We fail because we do not know who our true leaders are”. Our true leaders are not the ones who call the oppressors era the good old days, those are the leaders that embrace the progressive philosophy to continually better the lives of our people. Those who believe and work toward an unabated struggle.
“In the cause of the people, the struggle continues!
——By Cheechiay Jablasone
Main Photo: Pan African Progressive and struggle icon, Comrade Alaric Tokpa