Let There Be Moral Resolution On Capitol Hill Instead Of Cashing In At The Expense Of Hapless Liberians
By James Torh
It was truly a wonder and utterly mesmerized and the press picked it up and utterly did not escape its Argus eyes on Monday January 12, 2015 on Capitol Hill when the newly elected Senators were inducted into office to serve the people of Liberia for the next nine years. Coming from the horror of Ebola that has become the hair triggers of international affairs, and that grabbed global headlines, though not completely over yet, the induction of the 15 senators has overwhelmed our sense. Amidst such a welter of news of the graphic and frightened images of Ebola of global news events that seized the world attention beyond Liberia and to the iniquitous world of Liberia politics-the election and subsequent induction of law makers added to the sense of history that bend in more humane direction and seems like a large jump to the business of governance in progress.
But there should be a moment of reflection and as we look back on history on the type and standards of leadership at the national legislature. There have been cries and critical voices that grew louder of misdeeds, dubious financial deals, political malfeasance, and shrunken in legislative corruption over the period. Our senators came at the time when majority of our compatriots have fresh memories and still afflicted with the idea and an accurate picture and horror of the past leadership, too, of programs and policies that were expected to be executed in the interest of the nation and our population.
The coming to a fresh career in the hallway of government and Liberian politics, helping the Liberian people live should be the focus and goal at the first branch of government. Indeed, as long as people feel they are not robbed from their ability to live focusing on the people, honest legislation and effective governance, our country will progress and be better. The law makers should exhibit a shred of dignity and morality not to be unscrupulous and to con the public, and should not be stinking with reek of dishonesty. It is not just a job. It is an honor - a very real distinction that carries a special national responsibility, and marks the individual who has reached those heights with a special status. That’s why portraits the legislature or what is called members of parliament in other countries is created and hung, and why they live on in paint and frame for future admiration and regard.
Our constitution gave the legislators the power, right and it is their duty to command our natural and national resources that should allocate and spend the country’s money in the interest of the masses and run our country’s current politics, and not to be beggars for scraps at the table that they preside over to demean the high office and position. Their actions and decisions should not make the people who voted and handed them victory in office shake their heads in woe and despair. It will only confirm the cynical apprehensions about politics and politicians: that the whole game is a merry-go-round for the established and connected, it is always as we say ‘’the same bunch’’.
With the Ebola crisis and shocked that exposed our poor healthcare sector, every Liberian now knows and expressed a sincere set of worries and fretting that our healthcare delivery system is in deep trouble and indeed a disaster. Our country’s hospitals and the out-dated long-term facilities operates in crisis mode, exit in code gridlock and indeed causing grief. Liberia has the worst timeliness of care under heavens. The issue that is far more pressing but woefully underappreciated is our healthcare delivery system. Their first priority should target national strategy and policies in place for our healthcare delivery system to be girding itself for a new reality as the entire system has fallen behind in quality, effectiveness and efficiency. Our neighbors have bumped us down and Liberians are running to Accra for medical treatment.