Full Political Participation

The upshot of systemic public policy failure to benefit, at least most of, the people in Africa at large and Liberians in particular, is one-party domination or the disfranchisement of the public from full participation in the democratic, policymaking process. One-party rule and disfranchisement include strangling or intimating the media, threatening, coercing, or eliminating opponents and critics and using government surveillance against domestic political opponents. Lack of full participation also consists of the majority oppressing the minority, dominant religion group suppressing other minority religious institutions, and demonizing opponents. One-sided interpretation of the law, rigging the election, fearmongering, and appointing judges who manifest loyalty to the president. These vices incubate abuse of power, unbridled corruption, embezzlement, and nepotism. We believe if Liberians want to change the status quo, they must galvanize and demand full participation in government and work in tandem to co-create the future that they want to have. This requires not only a matter of urgent, imaginative response but a significant change of attitude toward the institution of government. Sustainable public policies require the participation of all including the majority, minority, men and women, youth and the elders

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