The Youth and Current Liberian Politics
In some quarters, politics may be considered a ‘dirty game’, but it is also the art of the possible, i.e., socio-political interactions zeroing in on power and governance and the socio-economic transformation of the lives of the governed. In view of the foregoing, ascendency to power must be on the basis of one’s ability to exhibit quality leadership based on experience, as well as past and present achievements –of course, measuring up with the aspirations of the governed.
Politics and power, especially in Liberia, are driven mostly the youth population- the highest voting population. In other words, Liberian politicians will always depend on the voting youth population to accomplished their aims and objectives. In so doing, they use whatever ways and means available to them to lure young people into their political whims and caprices.
What’s really puzzling and troubling about youth politics in Liberia is its negative trends and belly-driven nature. The fact and only fact is that majority of the young people used by politicians in Liberia are not patient and don’t even believe in hard work, but ‘fast/quick money’; and knowing that the young people only care for what is made available to them now, politicians capitalize on such greed and lack of patience to buy them into ‘dirty politics’.
In the current electoral politics in Liberia, in light of the aforementioned, the young people have organized themselves in various pseudo civil society and advocacy groups for various purposes- sometimes, in support and under the sponsorship of politicians and other individuals. The young people, under various nomenclatures, most often, thrive on falsehood, and defamation/character assassination without morals, confusingly utilizing some of the dictionary political terminologies against opponents of their political clients and other well-meaning individuals and institutions.
The irony about such an unrewarding role of the youth population is that even though they may be aware that those for whom they are fronting may not be up to the task, judging from their past, they play blind eyes and deaf ears to such ugly past of their political clients to justify their “advocacy”. They harbor no sense of reasoning for their future, but what they can get now or today.
And so, as Liberia goes through the 2014 Mid Term Senatorial elections, we must expect all of the “mercenary political advocacies” driven by the youth population in whom politicians believe as a way to wielding power. The issue of CASH will, of course, interplay in such political exercise.