Only the Supreme Court Can Save Us from Another Precipice

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Liberians are celebrating Thanksgiving weekend beginning yesterday, the actual Day by law – the first Thursday in November. This newspaper, Daily Observer, posits (suggests) that we have much more to thank Almighty God for than we think.

We have since 1883, when the Legislature enacted that the first Thursday of November be observed as Thanksgiving Day, gathered in our homes and places of worship to give thanks to God for his innumerable blessings and mercies which He has bestowed upon us as a nation and people.

And the blessings have been too many to mention, but they include maintaining and sustaining us as Africa’s first independent republic for these 170 years. And though we have little to show for it, the blessed two-fold fact remains that we paved the way for all the other Independent African States, with the exception of Ethiopia, and have survived in spite of the massive and prolonged imperial and colonial onslaughts that have befallen our continent, which included the confiscation of huge chunks of our own territory on the northeast, northwest and southwest Liberia. That is why we can find many Liberian tribes in Sierra Leone (northeast), Guinea (northwest) and Ivory Coast (southeast). The colonial powers, in their vicious and avaricious imperial expansion and land grabbing, ripped families apart and that is why we find our Vai, Mende and other kinsmen in Sierra Leone; our Kpelle, Lorma, Mano and other kinsmen in Guinea; and our Gio, Krahn, Grebo and other kinsmen in the Ivory Coast.

But Liberia survived and was able to inspire all the other African colonized peoples and territories toward self-determination and independence; and go on to play a leading role in the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU-now African Union-AU).

Another great blessing we can recount is that despite bad and even failed presidencies we have had over our 170-year history as a sovereign nation, we have survived them, too. One of them, in 1930, brought us very close to colonization, or being taken over by a European power. At that point, Britain and France, both of which had carved up huge chunks of our territory that were added to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast, were eagerly waiting to divide up Liberia between them.

Alas, thanks to the ingenuity and patriotism of President Edwin J. Barclay and his Secretary of State, Louis Arthur Grimes, Liberia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity were saved!

That is surely a lot to be thankful and grateful for. But there has been much more. Look at how the April 12, 1980 coup d’état was so terribly mismanaged, leading us to a deadly and devastating 14 year civil war. But thank God, we survived that, too.

Alas! It seems that we Liberians have learned NOTHING from our experiences with BAD GOVERNANCE. Here we are now, about to make history by peacefully transferring presidential power from one administration to another for the first time in 73 years, and yet witnessing and experiencing Machiavellian interferences in the electoral process. For Heaven’s sake, who needs Machiavelli in Liberia?

But that is the result of yet another administration that has chosen greed and selfishness as its cardinal principle. Were this not so, why has what should have been a simple, straightforward and eagerly awaited presidential election ended up in the Supreme Court?

What more have we to be thankful for? That by the grace of God, The Prince—or Princess—named Machiavelli—will not find his – or her – way into the Supreme Court of Liberia and prevent the Court from rendering blind justice to the Liberian people.

Only this Supreme Court can save us from another precipice that could plunge Liberia into another period of darkness, destruction and death.

We, therefore, call on Machiavelli, whomever that may be, for the sake of the peaceful survival of Liberia, to STOP!

West African leaders have, over the past few days, trooped into Liberia to warn us to DO THE RIGHT THING, otherwise, Liberians will not be welcome into their territories having messed up themselves, their government and their country once again.

A hint to the wise is quite sufficient.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. November 3, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    P. Allison Tarlue, Sr. November 3, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    The Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia itself is on trial along with Liberia.
    What do I mean by that? I mean whether or that the Supreme Court will not a
    patronage decision by giving decision that will reflect “let bygone be bygone.”
    The Supreme Court will distinguish itself to let Law stand irrespective of who say
    what! A ruling that will reflect our nation as independent without regard to what
    other nations will say about Liberia. A ruling that will not be influenced by the
    fact that it cost money to rerun the elections. Let the International communities
    know at this time that, well the country has spoken as a sovereign nation.
    Neither that ruling should have a consultation with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf because
    she is the one who is causing these massive problems by her influence in the
    National electoral process.

    How did she do it? She did it when she called a meeting at her private home and
    instructed the Chairman Jerome George Korkoya and staff to let the elections go
    CDC George Weah’s way! That George Weah is her choice! How did the NEC
    turned things around? They instructed the Elections staff and workers to let only
    or mostly CDC George Weah supporters vote, but turned away most of other
    registered voters from voting. That is exactly what happened and that is what
    give the nation and Liberians the massive messes.

  2. he Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia itself is on trial along with Liberia.
    What do I mean by that? I mean whether or not that the Supreme Court will not
    give a patronage decision by giving decision that will reflect “let bygone be bygone.”
    The Supreme Court will distinguish itself to let the Law stand irrespective of who say
    what! A ruling that will reflect our nation as independent without regard to what
    other nations will say about Liberia. A ruling that will not be influenced by the
    fact that it cost money to rerun the elections. Let the International communities
    know at this time that, well the country has spoken as a sovereign nation.
    Neither that ruling should have a consultation with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf because
    she is the one who is causing all these massive problems by her influence in the
    National electoral process.

    How did she do it? She did it when she called a meeting at her private home and
    instructed the Chairman Jerome George Korkoya and staff to let the elections go
    CDC George Weah’s way! That George Weah is her choice! How did the NEC
    turned things around? They instructed the Elections staff and workers to let only
    or mostly CDC George Weah supporters vote, but turned away most of other
    registered voters from voting. That is exactly what happened and that is what
    give the nation and Liberians the massive messes.

  3. ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CRIMINAL! SHE KILLED TOLBERT; LEAD LIBERIANS INTO A BLOODY CIVIL WAR; ENRICHED HERSELF, CHILDREN AND FAMILY FOR 12 YEARS, AS STUPID LIBERIANS LOOKED ON, CHEERED HER AND HER INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS, AND JOINED IN THE MASSIVE STEALING AND EVILS AGAINST THE MASSES OF SUFFERING AND POOR LIBERIANS. SHE LEAD A TOTAL DESTROYED AND BREAKDOWN OF REBUILDING LIBERIA’S SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS TO ADVANCE THE LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS OF THE PEOPLE! NOW, DO EASILY GULLIBLE, DECEIVED AND BAMBOOZLED LIBERIANS BELIEVE ELLEN JOHNSON-SIRLEAF WILL ALLOW A “SERIOUS AND MEANINGFUL GOVERNMENT TO SCRUTINIZE HER PAST BEHAVIORS AND JAIL HER CHILDREN AND FAMILY FOR NEPOTISM? FOOL YOURSELVES AGAIN STUPID LIBERIANS TODAY!

  4. It is ironic that the EJS most aspirants, including Hero Brumskine, wanted on his side has descended into a punch bag pummeled as the fiend whose failure to “stay above the fray” could result in a constitutional impasse. Well, the question is, had she continued stroking the back of Cousin Brumskine’s LP, would there have been accusations of “massive fraud” allegedly perpetrated by NEC on her expressed orders?

    My maternal grandmother warned us little ruffians, under her iron control in the early 1960’s, to not strike the kid who was already down in our fist fights. Amazingly, many highly educated and seemingly decent people nowadays don’t mind kicking colleagues or benefactors when they’re already down and out. We’re always paying debts for real or imagined past wrongs, and the tit – for – tat vicious cycle keeps on turning.

    With this ingrained habit, would we ever genuinely reconcile as a people?

    Not to mention that Article 5 of the 1986 Constitution we love waving around these days while rationalizing every ignoble scheme or agenda clearly says that “The Republic shall aim at strengthening the national integration and unity of the people… into one body politic”. For heaven’s sake, folks, we can’t get there by continual falsehoods. So, blame EJS for a host of other things (she is the president), but not for any so – called “interference” in a succession race most of the major tickets wanted her undivided support. With “undivided” being the operative word!

    Let’s quickly resolve this mess since LP, ANC, and ALP have reportedly endorsed UP against the CDC Coalition & PYJ’s MDR for a truly competitive run – off election. Those for “testing the constitution” to drag in the Supreme Court for months aren’t in the shoes of the thousands of jobless and restless young adults in Monrovia waiting for opportunities regardless who wins. And lest we forget, a provisional or interim government would be a coup d’ etat by another name.

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