On January 22, 2018, Mr. Weah was sworn into office as president of the Republic, after maneuvering his way to political leadership for over a decade in a hustling so-called opposition lifestyle, that was quite unusual. This man attracted a huge score of support from a cross-section of the state predominantly young people who thought in their imagination that he represented their hopes and aspirations. These young people were carried away by his appealing successful soccer history and believed that if he was successful in his soccer career he would do the same in transforming the state for the better; ironically things turned out to be the worst for Liberia and its peoples.
Many of these young people with little or no understanding of the complexities of statecraft embraced this social club career footballer camouflage under the name of a political party named the CDC. Liberian people have been duped into believing that the CDC was about genuine social transformation, but little did many realize that it was a casino of thieves and a highly indisciplined bunch of gangsters with the sole objective of robbing state coffers.
Weah without the formation of the initial Congress for Democratic Change (CDC).
This man was ushered into a political party he knew nothing about nor its formation. After the peace accord and subsequently, the ushering in of an interim government headed by Chairman Bryant, some Liberians in the diaspora moved quickly to organize what is known today to be the CDC or Congress for [Demo]cratic Change. Their agenda at the time was to bring in a candidate from grassroots and a popular face that could defeat any opposing side hands down. Upon concluding and making their political analysis the only person who they deem fit was Mr. Weah, given the facts that he could attract and rally the masses of the people quickly and call them into action, given that he was a popular footballer.
While in the operation of the CDC, these diaspora Liberians reinforced Mr. Weah’s quest for money and financial indiscipline. They would work restlessly to fund Mr. Weah’s lavish lifestyle. This was the beginning of the tragedy. This man was completely broke and had squandered all his millions from his footballer days of old. Mr. Weah would now see the CDC as a medium to hustle, to make some fast buck. That those Liberians who approached weah had some with good intentions, cannot be doubted, but the vast majority of them came to the table with a “Get rich quick or die trying” mentality. They hero-worshipped Mr. Weah and manage him with sufficient cash to stay in their camp. Weah was been paid to stay with the CDC, looking to the future, when state power was acquired to cash in on their investments.
Fast forward to 2018, after assuming national leadership, some of them still believed that Weah would remember their many sacrifices and financial support to the CDC. But sadly, the quote on quote “Blue revolution” was hijacked but the likes of Nathaniel McGill, Bill Twehway, Finda Bondo, and others. They are now kept far from the circumference of the presidency thus leaving them hopelessly wondering what went wrong, Weah has forgotten them.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Involvement!
If you like we can coin this puzzle in our history as a scam, to justify the natives as incapable of providing leadership and only Americo-Liberians must sit a the pinnacle of power and toy with the best of ideas. She manipulated the political system with the rigging of votes for the CDC. Her agenda was to skip audits and possibly financial and economic charges of corruption and subsequent prosecution, thereby buying protection for she, her families and cronies, who had gone on an inconsiderate rampage during her leadership looting the state to its bare bones. We all know the role she played in making her Vice President invaluable in the local politics, discarding him like a rag; she was seen breaking grounds with Mr. Weah and making unflattering statements of who she was going to support in the 2017 election, as she turned to her machinations, in support for the opposition CDC and Mr. Weah. This woman is extremely dangerous and the best I will advise her is to stay clear off our national politics and drink her coffee at her table in retirement instead of making unwarranted statements that are contradictory of the record she left us as president of the Republic— a record that pains many Liberians of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s misrule during her 12 years regime.
The saddest part about Ellen’s maneuvering is that the very party she played, dissed, and dumped still believes that without her involvement in their 2023 campaign they are unfit and lack the will to defeat the CDC gangs in 2023. The opposition must be very careful with how they welcome Ellen and her many machinations. For us, if we find her anywhere close to supporting or making public statements for the opposition we stand ready to distance ourselves from such schemes.
The recent conduct of polls in the just ended midterm elections has further strengthened our analysis that the masses are not auto-cars waiting for Ellen to put them into action. They have viewed their objective condition and are making changes in the way they are voting and electing their representative in the legislature and hopefully the country.
THE PROGRESSIVE CONVERSATION.
The term progressive goes way back to the late 1970s when a group of honest and ideological brothers had analyzed how the state, and how was degenerating under a de facto one-party rule. These young brothers with a collective mindset beat and defeated the True Whig party of the old order thereby opening up the democratic space where the masses could elect their own candidates to represent them in government. Yes, this was accomplished and we give credits to the brothers and comrades in Moja and PAL for such accomplishments.
The Question of 2005!
The progressive movement had rallied and strengthened the Alliance of Peace and Democracy (APD) to present its interests and leadership with a real transformation agenda, with the Liberian people and the state interests first on their plate with an aim towards a nationalist based approach towards statecraft. The masses voted and the two front runners during the runoff were: the Unity Party of Madam Sirleaf and the Congress of Democratic Change of Mr. Weah. The question of support in the second round came up and the cards were reading favorably for Ellen. A nation ravished by 14 years of civil upheaval could not have been given to a soccer star with no understanding of the nation’s past, which still bears true today at the mismanagement the CDC and Weah has wrecked on the state. We the progressive supported Ellen with no regret, for if we had supported the CDC the state could probably go back into chaos!
For us, our quest is not just to remove Mr. Weah from power; but to further lead a drive for national transformation and economic recovery. To those of our friends in the opposition who think that removing Mr. Weah is the singular objective, they must have to rethink.
Where o we go from here?
A question that we all must answer rapidly; this is not a question about just the removal of the Weah and his gangs. It is the question of sincerity, not one with parochial interests. If you follow suit with the agenda and remove the CDC, you may get the power you desire, but progressive ideologues and their men and women will retreat to the barracks and possibly begin the last stage of ending bad leadership, in Liberia, by fighting to redeem the country. Our people have suffered far too long for progressives to stand aside, we stand ready to present ourselves as instruments for this national transformation.
Viva Progressive struggle viva, Aluta Continua!Written by, Darlington S. Collins
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