Editorial: Talk is good, collaboration is better

The current spirit across the political spectrum should be encouraged by all, who means well for Liberia. The current exercise says a lot about how challenging politics has become in Liberia today, only if we foster and maintain collaboration more than tearing one another to pieces and splintering into selfish, personal egotistic groups that often do not see…

The ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and the main opposition Unity Party (UP) in the runoff are out and about, knocking on doors, talking to parties and individuals for support at the poll on 14 November. The current spirit across the political spectrum should be encouraged by all, who means well for Liberia.

This is important because there is unity and strength in not just talking rather than fighting but collaborating to achieving a common goal – whether it is about winning an election or any sphere of human endeavor is better.

Both the CDC and UP have been receiving endorsements from parties and political leaders and individuals to boost their chances in the runoff. Lest we forget, there are no permanent enemies in politics, but common interest. Enemies today in the eyes of the public may become best friends tomorrow once they find a common ground to tread.

The current exercise says a lot about how challenging politics has become in Liberia today, only if we foster and maintain collaboration more than tearing one another to pieces and splintering into selfish, personal egotistic groups that often do not see beyond the horizon because of narrow minds driven by greed.

Imagine what politics and election would become in Liberia if we had few parties – say at least three or four better organized and well-funded that are issues-based! This would save the country a lot of headaches instead of spending precious time on naming, throwing jives and destroying one another, as if we will never co-exist again after election.

We encourage ongoing exercise because it is healthy not just for peace, but unity and development. If there are more like-minded politicians and political leaders the job would been done halfway far before Election Day.

Let’s review the opposition playbook for the 2020 Special Senatorial Election when four parties came together under the banner, Collaborating Political Parties (CPP). The CPP proved strength at the poll against the ruling CDC when they swept most of the counties, including Montserrado.

Parties should turn down the rhetoric and rather talk, talk, and collaborate more as they are doing now. Never should we allow our diversity to take this nation to the brink of collapse as Liberians had suffered in 14 years of brutal civil war.

In all that we do and say, we should keep in mind that only one person can occupy the highest office of the land. But this does not mean one politician or political party should struggle alone to get there. If it is truly about service, as those seeking public offices continuously claim, then all hands should be brought on deck.

If the ultimate goal is sincerely to work toward improving Liberia and well-being of Liberians, then we must talk and collaborate to derive the best for the Motherland instead of fussing and fighting.

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