to the best of my recollection – Global News Network


Dr James F. Kollie, Jr.

It was on a Sunday in May 2004 when Samuel D. Tweah (Dtweah) came to visit me at my home in Crystal, Minnesota (6500 34th Ave N) that we struck up a conversation about “the humanitarian and political future of the world. ‘Amb. George Manneh Weah ”, then it was on Thursday February 16, 2006 that I officially resigned from the CDC. Between these dates, a lot has happened.

As I embark on another journey with the CLP, I am forced to take an in-depth look at the files to revisit the notes of our actions and inactions that got us where we are and why I think we need to give a another chance for the people’s progressive revolution.

It’s no secret that in 2004, I helped found the Liberia National Congress (LNC) which later became the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), but which also operated in the United States. under the name Liberians Aspiring Communal Esteem (LACE) due to NEC regulations that political parties cannot conduct political activities outside of Liberia.

Usually when people ask me if I am a founding member of the CDC, I quickly correct them by saying that I am not a “founding member”, I am a “founding ideologue” of the CDC. I say “one” because my colleague, Samuel D. Tweah (DTweah), is another “founding ideologue” of the movement.

So, in order for my politics to be clearly understood and for the purpose of forming the CLP to be properly situated in the political history of Liberia, I have decided that I will recount my involvement with the CDC “to the best of my recollection” by reviewing my notes to file.

My accounts can be corroborated and / or corrected by comrades DTweah, Alex Kerkula, Piso Saydee-Tarr, St. Tomalin George and a few others.

DTweah and I hadn’t seen each other for several years before we met in May 2004. It is important to note that DTweah and I were teammates in the Tubman High Meet-the-Challenge team which won the championship in 1992 and we were remained very close since that time; always comparing notes on matters of mutual interest. I remember the night I was preparing for my debate before my election as Zion Community College student council president in 1994, Dtweah visited me at the camp and we compared our notes again. Our political and ideological relationship dates back several years before our meeting in May 2004, then the journey that began thereafter and continues until that date.

Over the next few weeks I will be spending time giving all the details on how we started; the mistakes we made; the challenges we face; of the opportunities we missed; and the things we wish we could do.

Political change and historical accidents

I am taken aback when I see that one of our colleagues, rather than taking pragmatic and measured steps to achieve political goals and results, has chosen to believe that historic accidents will bring the political change they seek.

I would rather have a deliberate plan based on realism than to think that if I stand there and someone makes a mistake, I could benefit, politically. It doesn’t work that way. No one should base their hopes or dreams on the mere occurrence of accidents. Let your plan be solid and well thought out. And you have to be honest with yourself; you have to know what is possible and what is not and you have to work hard.

It is against this background that my colleagues and I have organized frantically under the banner of the Coalition for the Progress of Liberia (CLP). We believe our approach is systematic and realistic. We believe that grassroots people can make changes if they focus on the right things and build the right mechanisms and approaches.

The presidency is not all about political change. A movement that recognizes that it could be on the way to leading a real revolution. Just imagine if we had a group of 10 or 15 lawmakers who were prepared and able to stick together and make the tough choices, what difference would we see?

But when lawmakers power themselves off and join in the chorus of complaints, then you know for real that we are in deep trouble and our path to political change would be long and tedious because those with power to change things. don’t think they’re the ones who really make a difference.

Let us remember that change will not happen by accident. Both men and women will need to take deliberate action to force the desired outcome and this is where the progressive popular coalition under the CLP banner comes in.

We all have the opportunity to be part of history by declaring our solidarity with the CLP.

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