The CDC’s Worst Fears

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The Editor,

Much has been proffered and debated regarding the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) apprehension(s) in opening up its fold and allowing the influx of so-called educated and middle class Liberians into its ranks. This is a delicate issue that demands careful scrutiny.

I will not attempt to bore my readers with the worthless details of almost daily news of individual and groups of individuals JOINING the CDC. The attendant fanfare, pomp and pageantry are clearly meant to position the NEW members within the glimpse of the president and or his key lieutenants.

There are the “€œoriginal” partisans who believe having toiled for so long and hard and  ultimately achieving the highest political prize, they should be “adequately” rewarded/revered for their time and efforts and gallantry. On the other hand there are those who believe – by joining the CDC – they can enhance the CDC’s stature and their PERSONAL political fortunes by their assumed expertise and know-how. The CDC it seems, is primed for a classic civil war .

The CDC leadership machinery should be very careful about how it handles this situation for it has the potential of engulfing the party in a drawn out internal feud that could significantly weaken its ability to secure reelection come 2023.

Make no mistake, these divisions will be overplayed by the CDC’s antagonists. Slavish members of the media who are consumed by their anti-CDC sentiments will be ready to exaggerate and over-report any hint(s) of divisions within the party for obvious reasons.

I will plead with so-called “€œnew” members (some lured by the party’s successes and or new found political relevance) to display a level of respect and reasonableness for the party they seek to join. Understandably MOST will be viewed with skepticisms – GOLDDIGGERS, supossedly joining the gravy train this late in the game ! There will be questions of loyalty and suspicions of “fifth column”€ activities. New members should engage skeptical “€œoriginal€” partisans with understanding and demonstrate the sincerity of their willingness and ability to serve.

 

Existing methodologies and modes of operation should be enhanced, NOT thrashed for so-called “better ideas”€. Any hint of a “hostile takeover”€ will be the worst thing that could befall the CDC at this critical juncture. Original members on the other hand, should welcome their brothers and sisters – who apparently have experienced the “Paul of Tarsus conversion”  – with open arms and a sense of “œunity of purpose”€œ. Being the originators of an idea or organization does NOT guarantee OWNERSHIP ! The dynamics of politics, growth and the human condition of “change” are bound to impact any large social organization.

The manner in which the CDC handles its internal “œchange” and its appreciation for diversity and inclusion will go a long way in ensuring its future success(es). Remember, in union strong success is sure, we CANNOT fail !

Meanwhile, the remnants of the Unity Party and her allies on the other hand just have to stand aside, watch and hope the CD worst fears are realized.

 

Benjamin Fyneah

[email protected]

 

 

Much has been proffered and debated regarding the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) apprehension(s) in opening up its fold and allowing the influx of so-called educated and middle class Liberians into its ranks. This is a delicate issue that demands careful scrutiny.

I will not attempt to bore my readers with the worthless details of almost daily news of individual and groups of individuals JOINING the CDC. The attendant fanfare, pomp and pageantry are clearly meant to position the NEW members within the glimpse of the president and or his key lieutenants.

There are the “€œoriginal” partisans who believe having toiled for so long and hard and  ultimately achieving the highest political prize, they should be “adequately” rewarded/revered for their time and efforts and gallantry. On the other hand there are those who believe – by joining the CDC – they can enhance the CDC’s stature and their PERSONAL political fortunes by their assumed expertise and know-how. The CDC it seems, is primed for a classic civil war .

The CDC leadership machinery should be very careful about how it handles this situation for it has the potential of engulfing the party in a drawn out internal feud that could significantly weaken its ability to secure reelection come 2023.

Make no mistake, these divisions will be overplayed by the CDC’s antagonists. Slavish members of the media who are consumed by their anti-CDC sentiments will be ready to exaggerate and over-report any hint(s) of divisions within the party for obvious reasons.

I will plead with so-called “€œnew” members (some lured by the party’s successes and or new found political relevance) to display a level of respect and reasonableness for the party they seek to join. Understandably MOST will be viewed with skepticisms – GOLDDIGGERS, supossedly joining the gravy train this late in the game ! There will be questions of loyalty and suspicions of “fifth column”€ activities. New members should engage skeptical “€œoriginal€” partisans with understanding and demonstrate the sincerity of their willingness and ability to serve.

Existing methodologies and modes of operation should be enhanced, NOT thrashed for so-called “better ideas”€. Any hint of a “hostile takeover”€ will be the worst thing that could befall the CDC at this critical juncture. Original members on the other hand, should welcome their brothers and sisters – who apparently have experienced the “Paul of Tarsus conversion”  – with open arms and a sense of “œunity of purpose”€œ. Being the originators of an idea or organization does NOT guarantee OWNERSHIP ! The dynamics of politics, growth and the human condition of “change” are bound to impact any large social organization.

The manner in which the CDC handles its internal “œchange” and its appreciation for diversity and inclusion will go a long way in ensuring its future success(es). Remember, in union strong success is sure, we CANNOT fail !

Meanwhile, the remnants of the Unity Party and her allies on the other hand just have to stand aside, watch and hope the CD worst fears are realized.

 

Benjamin Fyneah

[email protected]

 

 

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