CDC Needs a Better, Experienced, Educated and Politically Smarter National Chairman

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By Kadiker Rex Dahn, MA, M.Ed, PhD

Introduction

In almost every country, the national chairman of a ruling party has political weight and utterances from such a person have serious national and international implications. When the national chairman of a ruling party speaks on national or international issues in one form or another, his/her words in most instances are considered those of the official policy of the government. In other words, it is assumed that what are being discussed behind closed doors are those that the national chairman-person, directly or indirectly, publicly is addressing.

Whether the ugly and elementary utterances by the current national chairman of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is the official position of the government in secret since the government’s chief spoke person is moribund in performance, is something that this article will not at this moment address. The public political rhetoric by the current CDC’s National Chairman, has the propensity to scare investors, and equally so undermine national security. This article will attempt to argue except otherwise proven wrong, that there are far better, experienced, educated and politically smarter individuals within the CDC who can do a better job as a national chairman than the current chairman.

Discussion

I am not a member of the CDC or a member of any of their collaborating parties. So I am writing this article as a progressive and a patriotic Liberian, who usually writes and speaks on issues, especially issues that have the underneath motive to undermine the peace Liberians are enjoying today. I am taken aback by numerous reckless statements from the national chairman of the CDC. The worst of his statements has to do with an insinuation of a concocted conspiracy by opposition political parties to forcibly remove President George Weah from power. Of recent, Chairman Mulbah Morlu gave an ultimatum to MTN to distance itself from Benoni Urey on grounds that MTN is a “spy company” where Urey and his allies spy on political opponents. Morlu alleges that Urey and allies secretly record subscribers’ conversations and diverge to media for smear campaigns.

Is it that this chairman is inept or simply confused and disoriented to reality, logical analysis and thinking? One wonders how a chairman of a ruling party reacts and analyzes issues with such dark cloud and limitations. What actually is the academic level of Chairman Morlu? He speaks disjointedly, runs and utters inflammatory and unproven statements like a chicken without head. Certainly, Chairman Morlu seems to be one of the inept political leaders we have ever seen. He speaks without facts to substantiate claims.

Liberia is a land of law and if the Morlu has convincing reasons to believe that clients’ conversations have been used without their informed consent, the law can take its course, but recklessly over and again, making baseless allegations against good citizens require debunking. I wonder how Mr. so-called omnipresent Chairman, “who saw what happened” had not informed the security for law to take its course? To show the ineptitude and naivety of Mr. Morlu is the recent meeting between President Weah and former Vice President Joe Boakai. These two men met and even though the details of the meeting were not made public, we want to believe that it centers on state of affairs in the country, and how to continuously maintain the peace. Ignorantly and mischievously, CDC’s Chairman without any element of veracity relentlessly continues to make statements that have the propensity to scare investors and citizens at large.

Besides, few days ago, Morlu whose analysis and comprehension seems not only academically dull, and ratiocination inept, argues that the June 7 protest is being masterminded by defeated politicians.  Here, facts and logical reasoning are missing. How much was a scratch card, Chairman Morlu when your party came to power? How much was a half bag of rice when your party came into power? Certainly scratch was not L$100, but now it is L$210. Certainly, half bag of rice was not L$1,600, but now it is L$3, 000. Visit market places and you will know that these are facts and not make-up stories for political gains.

Do you know that donor partners wrote President Weah for diverting their funds and an ultimatum has been given to restitute or face consequences? Could those consequences not be economic and traveling sanctions on Chairman Morlu and some officials of the government? You claim former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is corrupt, but why your government came to power, and did not initiate an audit of the former government? This current Chairman no doubt is an embarrassment to CDC, and if action is not taken now to put him in his shell, it will be too late.

Recommendations/The way Forward

The persistent and unfounded allegations by Chairman Morlu, is a complete nonsense and disgrace. President Weah, executive of the CDC and Coalition for Democratic Change as a larger umbrella, must see reason to remove this chairman or continues to be embarrassed. CDC partisans should not allow an individual like the current national chairman, twice defeated candidate to tarnish the image of the party and our country. Presidential election is over and George Weah is the President of Liberia until Liberians return to the polls in 2023.

President Weah and the ruling party will need a national chairman, who will speak with logic, sense, maturity and the rule of law as a guiding principle. We are convinced that CDC has men and women, who are far better, experienced, educated and politically smarter than the current chairman, whose rhetoric and utterances undermine the rule of law and scare investors. The onus is on President Weah, the executive and the leadership of the CDC to produce individuals, who will amicably lead the CDC with diplomatic tunes.

About the author:
Kadiker Rex Dahn holds two Masters and a PhD in Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education from the University of Oklahoma. He formerly served as Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Director General, National Commission on Higher Education. He is a member of the North America Scholar Consortium, membership with the Highest Honor.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I am not surprised Kadiker Rex Dahn holds two Masters and a PhD in Historical, Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education from the University of Oklahoma would write such a very weak and unsubstantiated article that lacks everything.
    Education is important—there’s no denying that fact. For the most part, the more schooling you receive, the more successful you will be in your chosen path. In general, people who drop out or receive minimal education are probably headed toward a long, torturous career slinging burgers at a fast food joint. That’s the common perception, at least. But here are ten famously successful people who stand as exceptions to the rule.
    10 Poorly Educated But Incredibly Successful People

    John D. Rockefeller
    Billionaire
    Before becoming possibly the richest man in history (taking inflation into account), John Rockefeller was the lowly son of a dodgy con artist and high-school student in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. Although he had some education, by the time he was sixteen, Rockefeller decided it was time to shirk school and begin a career—with the goal of earning $100,000 in his lifetime.
    It’s pretty safe to say that he accomplished that mission and then some. Rockefeller made his mark in the oil industry, starting Standard Oil and ultimately creating a monopoly on the entire industry. By 1902, Rockefeller was worth $200 million, and before his death he would amass a fortune of more than one billion dollars. And high school was supposed to be important. .
    Horace Greeley
    Journalist and Congressman
    Unless you’re a big fan of journalism history, there’s a pretty solid chance you’ve never heard of Horace Greeley, except maybe a fleeting mention here or there. Born in New Hampshire in the early nineteenth century, Greeley would go on to become one of the most influential newspaper men in American history. He also became a Congressman and—I nearly forgot to mention—one of the founding members of the Republican Party.
    Greeley did this all without any formal education to speak of. By the age of fifteen, he had already left home to take an apprenticeship with a printer in Vermont. By the time he was twenty he had moved to New York City and begun working for The New Yorker and the New York Tribune. It was his work with the Tribune that made him famous, and he would actually go on to help found a town in Colorado that bears his name. To this day, he is thought of as one of the most influential journalists in history.

    John Glenn
    Astronaut

    During the tense space race of the 1950s and 1960s, one man emerged as the face of the American attempt to beat the Soviets into space and, ultimately, to the moon. That man was John Glenn: he became a war hero and one of the most famous astronauts in history, despite being a college dropout. Glenn attended Muskingum College, where he studied science, but when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor he dropped out in order to fight in World War II.
    Steve Jobs
    Apple Co-Founder

    There have been many great thinkers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, and some of them have done incredible things without ever having finished college. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg spring to mind. But perhaps the most influential technological mind of the past century has been Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple.
    Jobs and Steve Wozniak created the first successful personal computers, and over the years helped introduce numerous revolutionary products such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. And Jobs did this after attending college for only six months.
    Incidentally, Jobs was adopted, and the stipulation set forth by his birth mother only agreed to give him up to Paul and Clara Jobs when they agreed that they would make sure he attended college. Well, mission partly accomplished.
    Mark Twain
    Author and Wit

    Arguably the most beloved American writer and humorist in history, Mark Twain gained fame after creating the classic characters of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. In fact, his Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is considered by many to be “the great American novel.” Not bad for a guy who had only a minimal formal education, and who was already in the midst of an apprenticeship at the age of eleven.
    When Twain was eighteen, he worked as a printer in cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and St. Louis, while spending his evenings in the public libraries. That’s as close to a formal education as Twain would come, as he read everything he could get his hands on before becoming, of all things, a steamboat pilot. He continued working in that capacity until the Civil War broke out, and after a brief stint in the Confederate army, he began to travel across the country, writing all the while. Twain serves as clear proof that wit simply cannot be taught.

    Henry Ford
    Industrialist and Entrepreneur

    In American history, few people have embodied the notion of the self-made man more than Henry Ford—the man who is best-remembered for almost single-handedly creating the US automobile industry. Ford had a limited formal education, having been born on a farm outside of Detroit, where he worked with a father who believed his son would someday take to running the farm himself.
    Instead, Ford left home at the age of seventeen and became an apprentice with a machinist in Detroit—a career path he would ultimately take to another level on his way to becoming a wildly rich and successful industrialist. Despite having next to no real education, Ford created the mechanized assembly line—and it wasn’t long before Detroit gained the nickname of the Motor City because of his incredible work.
    William Shakespeare
    Poet and Playwright

    Now one of the most famous names in history, William Shakespeare produced some of the best-loved works the world has ever known, from Romeo and Juliet to Macbeth. But not much is known about Shakespeare’s early life; in fact, there are not even any records that suggest he ever received much by way of a formal education.
    Scholars have suggested that he may have attended the King’s New School, but they also believe—based on some of his writings—that he did not attend school past the age of thirteen. It’s pretty astonishing that a man credited with inventing more than 1700 words was, by all accounts, a middle school drop out.
    Winston Churchill
    Statesman and War Leader

    One of the most towering political figures of the twentieth century, a famous wit—and, frankly, a quote machine—Winston Churchill was born into aristocracy. It should therefore come as no surprise that he rose through the ranks to eventually lead the United Kingdom to victory during World War II. What probably does come as a surprise—or at least would, if he wasn’t included on a list with this title—is that he achieved this with a limited education.
    Churchill, coming from such a good family, was given access to the best education available. That didn’t mean he was any good at it, of course. Churchill found education difficult and did very poorly in school, often being punished for his dismal academic record. His military service was also hindered by his poor performance. He had to apply three times to the Royal Military College, and was only accepted after applying for the cavalry rather than infantry because the grade requirements were lower and it didn’t involve math. In fairness, though, no one likes math.
    Abraham Lincoln
    US President

    Perhaps the most popular US president in history, and a guy who, contrary to popular belief, did not fight vampires, Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth man to lead the USA. He guided the nation through perhaps its most troubling time. But the man who made the Gettysburg Address and effectively ended slavery in the USA—though not through his crippled Emancipation Proclamation—was not even well-educated.
    Honest Abe was more or less entirely self-educated, though at an early age he actually had a reputation of being lazy. This did not stop him from starting down a career in politics in his early twenties, and being admitted to the bar after teaching himself the law in his free time. It seems that Lincoln was a political prodigy. And if the stories about him are true, he basically pulled this off through reading by candlelight in his little wood cabin.
    Albert Einstein
    Physicist

    Yes: the man whose name now equates to “genius”; who published more than 300 scientific papers; the man behind E=MC2; the man who came up with the theory of relativity; and the man who won a Nobel prize—was in fact a high school dropout. He attempted to get into university, but initially failed the entrance exams.
    Einstein eventually made it into college and earned a degree, of course, because men of his staggering intellect always find a way in the end. But the simple fact of the matter is that the greatest mind of the twentieth century was in fact a high school dropout.
    With the above mentioned individuals who have made mark in history with little education should be enough reason why you should repent from writing such baseless article. This was the same obsolete concept brought against President Weah about education, yet he won overwhelmingly. So, please leave Chairman Morlu alone and find your old aged failed progressive and dicsuss your failed concept in politics back in the days. What Chairman Morlu has to offer CDC he has not done 5% yet.

  2. Henry D. Johnson, are you not ashamed of yourself? Go back and read the analysis, beautifully written but as long as it has nothing to glorify the current Government, then it’s a weak article. Change your mentality! Mr. Mulbah Morlu represents what CDC is all about… LACK OF VISION. It speaks volume for a grassroot party to have a psycho in Mulbah Morlu as Chairman. CDC can NEVER EVER win a Presidential election in Liberia without George Weah! Mulbah Morlu can not even win a legislative election let alone run a party of that magnitude.

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