Much of what is occurring in Liberia today is very evocative of the period between 1869 and 1872. The 1869 election pitted the Republicans against the newly formed and insurgent (True) Whigs. Liberia was still a fairly new experiment, but a marvel in terms of black governance. The Republicans had been in power for 22 years. As always, parties that stay long in power tend to become entrenched and detached from reality.
The Legislature must act swiftly in the impending confrontation between the people and the president, by investigating the merits of grievances against the president, or intervening to diffuse the looming political standoff.
Citizens of Liberia, in their collectivity â€“ small and large â€“ hold the sacred right to demand the removal of their leaders without being accused of treason.
Once again I bring to the community of Liberia scholars the sad news of the passing of a renowned scholar of the Liberian experience. Professor Svend E. Holsoe, an expert on the Vai people and an avid and unrelenting collector of things Liberian passed away at a Philadelphia hospital on the morning of May 4, 2017 after a protracted illness at age 78.