It is an accurate assessment for anyone to make and conclude that past and present Liberian governments along with the politicians who ran them have always fallen short when it came to helping the country and the Liberian people. And many of the opposition politicians lack the capacity to consistently hold the government politicians’ feet to the fire until election time comes around. Then run campaigns of pity for the Liberian people with all kinds of false promises. Alex Cummings, unlike many of the others candidates keep expressing his personally dissatisfaction about the conditions of the country and the conditions of the people. However, deviates from the normal behavior by the other candidates who present themselves as the knight in shining armor coming to safe the people from all their worries without the people doing anything for themselves.
Cummings, after lamenting the country’s shameful conditions and the present horrible conditions of the poverty-stricken Liberian people, will always remind them that they still have the power within themselves to better their lives. He averred that the road to better lives is not in the repeated, false and unsubstantiated promises the Liberian people have been hearing from mostly re-cycled politicians who have benefited from the current corrupt and patronage system, and used these ugly promises to perpetual this ongoing weak ugly and corrupt political system of Liberia.
In one of his remarks made at a recent rally, Cummings said this about Liberians bettering their lives, “But only us, Liberians can make that possible and we must work for and towards it,” He went on to emphasized the failure of many of the Liberian governments and the politicians who are or were part of these governments. The continuously run for president and each time they are trusted with state powers, they thrived on excuses of why they cannot do this or do that for the people and country. A behavior Cummings said has gone on for too long when he said. “I think 170 years is a long time for people to still be getting it wrong. It’s time we take ownership of our country. We have to build the Liberia that we want to live in. We have to build the house we want to live in.” This statement summarizes the feelings of many, many Liberians, regardless of sex, age, economic-social-political background. When President John F. Kennedy took power most of the American people were depended on the welfare system, thus, always looking to the government for help, to this President Kennedy made his famous remarks, “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” This statement is not only still reverberating across America today but seems to drive Alex Cummings message to the Liberian people calling them to take ownership of their country and lives.
The striking thing about all of Mr. Cummings ‘campaign statements and what they entailed is that they are not being made up. He is describing the exact conditions about Liberia and the conditions of the Liberian people which have been around almost forever, and been ignored by both opposition politicians and government policies makers. These are conditions that should’ve tempted many Liberian politicians long time ago to speak to, however, largely ignored. Which seems to suggest that running for president or working in the government in Liberia have never been driven by love of country but by this notion that “it is my time to enjoy.” It is this “my time to enjoy” mentality that has killed the national sensitivity of Liberians towards the betterment of their country. This lacked national sensitivity has also desensitized personal relationships among us Liberians in which we don’t seem to link our own success to the success of other Liberians, a paramount objective towards building a Liberia that is acceptable to all Liberians. We tend to link our personal success to the misfortune of other Liberians, misfortunes we sometimes engineer ourselves. Throughout her 169 years of independence, each Liberian government have always had a handful people who enjoy and benefit from its lopsided policies at the expense of the population at-large. Under every Liberian government there are always certain Liberians, either by conscience or due to fear, or due to both, who don’t want to live in Liberia and that seems to be find to some in Liberia who are the beneficiaries of the government in power. And even those living in the country, due to the policies of the government, many are unable to travel freely and at will, throughout the country due to unbearable traveling conditions, however, the supporters and officials of the government can travel.
In his campaign messages, Cummings never portray himself as some superman or magician who can make all Liberia’s problems disappear by weaving a wand. All he keeps saying to the Liberian people is that the solution for them to build better lives has always been there but has be obscured by the many failed promises that have been constantly thrown at them every election time by bunch of failed politicians.
Alex Cummings is the only candidate in the Liberian presidential race for 2017 that speaks fully about inclusiveness in every facet of Liberia’s struggle towards overcoming her developmental woes, and the only candidate who is uniquely qualified to describe and speak about these conditions of the country and the people without fear of being branded as a hypocrite because he is not linked to the two most evil behaviors that have and continued to keep Liberians down, corruption and violence. Almost each of the other candidates in the race is either a supporter of violence, or personally perpetrated violence, or personally corrupt or is embracing widely known corrupt individuals. Also, Cummings is unlike some Liberians who were living abroad and came to Liberia to lend helping hand to violent groups and corrupt governments in the country under the nomenclature of serving their country.