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Building a Better Liberia If I Am President

Our founders had envisioned a great country and a great democracy. The color of the Liberian national flag and the form of government and the Liberian Constitution are telltale signs. Liberians living both at home and in the diaspora know that our country is headed in the wrong direction. From one failed leadership to another poor governance, the hopes of the people have been dashed or dismissed from one election cycle to the next. Politicians use false promises as a means to ascend to power, knowing they have selfish aims and ambitions to enrich themselves and their friends and families at the detriment of the poor Liberian people. The question now is, who can we trust? After 173 plus years, our country has not been able to make the transition from an agrarian society to a modern society where we have quality education that is accredited, a quality health-care system that is affordable and accessible, a country free from corruption, a country free from poverty, a quality road connectivity, safe drinking water, electricity, a justice system that has respect for the rule of law, a president who is more focused on development and modernization, and has respect for human lives.The majority of Liberians still live below the poverty line, and the gap between the haves and have-nots is still very big. We need a president with innovative thinking, who represents a generational change, and who can bring the Liberian people together rather than divide us into tribes and partisans. We need a leader who believers that we are one people, indivisible, with unity and liberty and justice for all. We need a president who believes that the task of this generation is to preserve the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We may never recover economically, or it may be very difficult for us to recover should the current administration win the next election or should we elect the wrong president. This is why I felt compelled to write this book as a caution to my fellow countrymen. We are at a crossroads in our history. The decision we will make in the 2023 presidential elections will determine our destiny. We can either choose a better and brighter future, or we can throw ourselves further backward. Our leaders of the past and most recent have been bankrupt in their thinking, and what we need now is a visionary and an energetic president backed by a group of leaders who believe in building a better Liberia than what our generation has inherited. When we do that, future generations will look back on us and say about us that this was the generation that rose up to the occasion and finally solved Liberia's challenges. This is the time to restore democracy and integrity to the Liberian presidency. Please read this book, my fellow Liberians, and let us sit back and consider the consequences and implications of the 2023 presidential elections. As Americans will say, "This is the most consequential election."

--Paul S Wesay



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