Chickens Always Come Home to Roost!

 


By Elder Siahyonkron Nyanseor


The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia
March 29, 2016

                  



 
 
 
 
How do hens and roosters mate?

Chickens coming home to roost

The expression “Chickens come home to roost”is similar to "what goes around comes around". Basically, it means that the consequences of one's evil actions catch up in a negative way. In addition, the idea that a wrongful curse comes back to the one who is cursed as a "bird returns to its nest" dates back to the days of antiquity. But it wasn't until the 19th Century that Robert Southey wrote that "curses are like a young chicken: they always come home to roost." Since that time, the idea of evil men creating problems to return to their own door has become a phrase used to predict what will happen to an individual or a leader who engages in evil practices.

Therefore, if one says chickens are coming home to roost, it means that the bad or wicked things done today or in the past will begin to cause problems; such as greed, corruptions, ritualistic killings, the eating of the people’s money, abuse of power, mortgaging the people’s natural resources, uprooting them from their ancestors’ land, killing them, and the ‘gruesome assassination of Harry A. Greaves, Jr. In this case, IT CANNOT BE BUSINESS AS USUAL! THIS TIME AROUND, WE MUST NOT ‘LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE’!

Today, the world in which we live is full of misfortunes and numerous surprises; some are temporary and avoidable, but most of them are caused by our disobedience to God’s commandments. In fact, the Holy Bible is replete with proverbs and stories about everything under the sun. One story that readily comes to mind is that of King Herod, the ruthless king of the Jews, villain in the Christmas story. He was a wicked tyrant who wanted to “hold on to power in perpetuity” through children (like many African despot), and, therefore,  saw the baby Jesus as a threat to be eliminated in his cradle.

Although Herod ruled over the Jews in Israel in the time before Christ, he wasn’t  completely Jewish. He was born in 73 B.C. to an Idumean man named Antipater and a woman named Cyprus, daughter of an Arab sheik. He was a schemer too, who took advantage of Roman political unrest to claw his way to the top. During a civil war in the empire, Herod won the favor of Octavian, soon to become Emperor Augustus Caesar. Once king, the wily Herod launched ambitious building projects  in Jerusalem and the spectacular port city of Caesarea, named after the emperor. He restored the magnificent Jerusalem temple, which was later destroyed by the Romans following the A.D. 70. rebellion.

In the Gospel of Matthew, the three Wise Men met Herod on their way to worship Jesus. He tried to trick them into revealing the child's location in Bethlehem on their way home, but they were warned in a dream to avoid Herod, so they returned to their countries by another route. Yet after all these schemings; the question is, how did King Herod die? Based on an article that appeared in The Telegraph, written by Roger Highfield, the Science Editor, published on January 26, 2012, King Herod died from ‘kidney disease and gangrene’. It reads:

King Herod is usually thought of as a paranoid and cruel leader. Now doctors believe he may have become even more ill-tempered towards the end of his life because of kidney disease and rotting genitalia. During his 36-year reign as king of ancient Judea, Herod the Great ordered the executions of one wife and three sons, and the Slaughter of the Innocents in a vain attempt to kill the infant Jesus. Clinicians and scholars met yesterday in Baltimore, Maryland, to unravel the mystery of what killed 69-year-old Herod the Great, or King Herod, as he is called in the New Testament. Medical detectives at the eighth Annual Historical Clinical Pathologic Conference were given details of the new theory by Prof Jan Hirschmann of the University of Washington, Seattle. Based on two accounts by a Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, "Herod the Great expired from chronic kidney disease probably complicated by Fournier's gangrene," he said. Herod's personality problems predated his illness, "but it might have made them worse. Chronic kidney disease can lead to depression (Herod attempted suicide during his illness), paranoia, and irritability," said Prof Hirschmann. "Josephus lists several major features of the disease that caused his death - among them, intense itching, painful intestinal problems, breathlessness, convulsions in every limb, and gangrene of the genitalia," said Prof Hirschmann.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1382769/Herod-killed-by-kidney-disease-and-gangrene.html

We Griots (storytellers) are fond of telling stories because they pass on experiences contained in them so that others may learn from those experiences. Another story worth mentioning here is Saul of Tarsus’ encountered near Damascus with Jesus Christ. It is safe to say here that apart from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the story of Saul of Tarsus’ conversion to Christianity is the second most important event in human history. According to one writer, “If Saul had remained a Jewish rabbi; we would be missing thirteen of twenty-seven books of the New Testament and Christianity's early major expansion to the Gentiles”. I agreed wholeheartedly!

As the story goes:

…Saul went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any (person) there who belonged to the Way (Christians), whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything (Acts 9:1-9 (NIV).

God can use anyone to fulfil His mission
Now, here was a wicked man who was obsessed with finding Christians anywhere to have them persecuted, but after his encounter with Jesus he had a different outlook on life. He was not the only one that God transformed. There were many persons in the Holy Bible and among us today who God changed from their ungodly ways through His Grace and Mercy. As the ultimate Judge, NOT man, He can do anything but fail! God can use even the worse among us to carry out His work. Therefore, none of us is qualified to pass judgement on anyone, no matter what that person did in the past.  

Both Paul and Harry were killed by wicked people who intend to continue exploiting the people.  Paul was taken from prison to be killed. It was from there in c. 65 C.E., he wrote his second letter to Timothy, in which he hinted that his death was imminent (2 Timothy 4:6-8), shortly after writing that letter, he was killed.

The Bible does not tell us the exact time or manner of the Apostle Paul's death, and secular history has yet to provide us with any definitive information. However, evidence highly suggests the apostle Paul's death occurred after his fifth missionary journey ended in 67 A.D. Paul was most likely beheaded by the Romans, under Emperor Nero. http://www.biblestudy.org/question/sauldie.html Whereas, Harry was probably kidnapped from the Robert Johnson’s hotel by assassins, brutally beaten,  murdered through fake drowning, and his naked body placed on the beach.

Nothing Remains Hidden Forever
Matthew (10:26), Mark (4:22) and Luke (8:17) all wrote that “There nothing concealed that will not be disclosed…”

.... No sin, be it ever so secret or privately done, as nothing is more covered than hypocrisy, but shall be detected sooner or later; if not in this world, which is often the case, yet the last judgment, and in the world to come: 

Neither hid, that shall not be known; for how careful soever men may be to hide their vices from others, they are known to God; who will bring everything into judgment, and make manifest the secrets of all hearts. These were general sentences, which were used by Christ at different times, upon different occasions, and applied to particular cases. http://biblehub.com/luke/12-2.htm

The expose below might have led to Harry’s ultimate death.

It reads:

Every US dollar transaction, no matter where it originates or terminates, passes through New York and the Federal Reserve System. And don't think you can conceal your deception by putting the money in an account of a relative or close friend. That won't shield you either. There is a legal principle called "tracing". If ill-gotten gains can be traced to you, they can be confiscated. That is how the FBI recovers money, houses, jewelry, boats and other valuables from drug dealers. The old adage applies. "Caveat emptor". If you buy tainted assets from a rogue, you can lose them, even if you were an innocent purchaser for value.

So, if you are, say, a cabinet minister earning US$60,000 a year, and all of a sudden a bank account is found in the South Sea island of Vanuatu with a stash of US$2 million in it in the name of your 3-year-old daughter, the law presumes that a reasonable man would consider that to be prima facie evidence of corruption. So unless you can show that you have Warren Buffett stock-picking genes in your DNA, you would be under obligation to prove a negative, i.e. to show that the millions in that bank account were not the proceeds of theft of public money…

Yes, many of those misbehaving now think they can just get on a plane and skip town in January 2018. As we say in Liberian parlance, they miss it. Even if you take up residence in Outer Mongolia, you can be extradited and be brought back to Liberia to face the music.
(“Let's Lecture: PEPs Beware!” Daily Observer, October 13, 2015)

In President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s own words, “Liberia is not a poor country, but rather is a country that has been managed poorly over the years.” (From her Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy, 2007 presentation) To which I say, Liberian officials and their supporters can pretend all they want, Scriptures is clear about the fate that awaits those who disobey God’s Commandments. We can sin by the things we knowingly do; or we can sin by the things we do not do. And that is, we know that something is wrong but fail to speak against it because the person or we belong to the political party that does the wrong or we benefit from the spoils, while the rest of society suffers. To which James 4:17 explains: “… To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him is sin”.

Liberians have settled for – minding their OWN business like the German Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller did “When the Nazis Came”:

For the Communists, and I didn’t object
For I wasn’t a Communist;
They came for the Socialists, and I didn’t object
For I wasn’t a Socialist;
They came for the labor leaders, and I didn’t object
For I wasn’t a labor leader;
They came for the Jews, and I didn’t object
For I wasn’t a Jew;
Then they came for me
And there was no one left to object

We Must Not Let Sleeping Dogs Lie!
With all the atrocities and corrupt practices going on in the country, Liberians are preoccupied with 2017 presidential election in an environment that is hostile and unsafe for citizens’ movements. This time around, the electorate should get  commitments from candidates for PRESIDENT to PLEDGE that if elected they would go after government officials who were engaged in corrupt practices while in office. Because as Linda Thomas-Greenfield, former US Ambassador to Liberia, correctly observed: “Corruption in Liberia is holding you (us) back”.   

God requires of us to do good, and because of greed and selfish reasons we neglect to do them, that failure too, is sin. Those who fall short of what God required of them to do are called hypocrites; because God expects more of us than our simply meeting minimum standards of behavior. The truth of the matter is that the world is facing many problems today as individuals, leaders, organizations and countries refused to do and live as God intended for them to live; instead, they chose to do it on their own. It is regarding these behaviors that the God we serve instructed King David to write: “They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside; they have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, no, not one” (Psalm 14:1-3).

Conclusion
Mind you, there is a difference between God controlling evil and God creating evil. God is not the author of sin, but He can use sinful men to attain an objective. Romans 8:28 says, “For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” “All things” includes both good and bad things. God can use struggles, heartbreaks and tragedies in ways to bring about His glory and our good. Such events, even though we don’t understand the reason for them, are part of His perfect, divine plan. If God could not control evil, He would not be God. His sovereignty demands that He be in control of everything, even “dreaded” nations such as Babylon, and Liberia is not an exception.

In short, let me leave with you “Conversation in Waterside English”, a poem I wrote in January 1, 1992. The last verse: “Everyday for rogue, one day for master”, reminds me of what awaits those who mismanage the people’s resources and eat their money.

It reads:

What happened to me
Na to be something small
To joke about;
A na go be the same
Six and seven thing
They do round here;
A be like putting finger
In somebody eye
In the broad open day light
For me, my part, I na go talk plenty
That person will soon see
What will happen!
The country people make a parable
They say softly, softly catch monkey
That the way a go be!
This time, a na go be for ROGUE
A go be the day for the
Real, real Master, GOD!

My people, dad me again-O! We cannot let the deaths of Harry A. Greaves, Jr. and the plenty, plenty people killed mysteriously ‘go in breeze’!

 

About The Author: Elder Siahyonkron Nyanseor is man of God; former Chair, Vice Chair & Secretary of the ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), Inc. He is a poet, Griot, journalist, and a cultural and political activist. In 2012, he Co-authored Djogbachiachuwa: The Liberian Literature Anthology; his book of poems: TIPOSAH: Message from the Palava Hut can be obtained at: Kiiton Press – www.kiitonpress.org. Nyanseor can be reached at: siah1947@gmail.com

 



Jeneka Thomas
Now I finally see what Efessayf was referring to when he quoted the book of Deuteronomy to rebut Mr. Nyanseor under his caption, "All who draws the sword..." Mr. Nyanseor uses grotesque interpretations of the Bible to predict occurrences within the Liberian society.

To add insult to injury the essay lacks cohesion. Under his caption, "All who draws the sword...", he begins his essay by quoting a German cleric and relating his Nazi experiences to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in whom he has found his regular punch bag. After that he branches off to the ULAA delivering another scathing indictment. And here comes the big one -- the death of Harry Greaves.

Regarding Harry Greaves he delivers his diatribe with the strongest conviction that Ellen is responsible for his death and many others; what is so ridiculous about this assertion is that it comes in the midst of the finding of a renowned forensic pathologist; and it states that Mr. Greaves was not sodomized and that he drowned. Mr. Nyanseor discards the validity of this scientific proof for the spreading of vicious lies and propaganda.

Mr. Nyanseor, is verging on the brink of profound insanity! He calls himself a griot and a man of god. His conduct is not new to the keen Liberian observer. Traditionally you find preachers within our society who profess to believe in Jesus but at the same time believe in voodoo or the science of the para-normal.

Mr. Nyanseor’s queer religiosity is very similar to the practice of Santeria or Obeah which is a form of religion commonly found in the Caribbean or Brazil. Usually these religions always have soothsayers or people who are believed to possess divination and are therefore capable of foretelling the future.

According to him he has written several books. Nevertheless, what impact have they had on the culture is unknown. May be the books could do well for Liberia if he can only offer simple, practical and measurable solutions to the problems afflicting the masses.

The problems that beset our people do not lend themselves to theosophism or the reading of the “Summa Theologica”. Liberians are deeply longing for down-to-earth solutions.

To conclude, the sword which the Bible talked about is a double edged sword. It cuts both ways. If Mr. Nyanseor’s dark side predictions of Ellen are always true then he will be blessed; on the other hand if they are meant to play on the vulnerability of our poor native people, then he will receive his reward.

As much as God is a God of love, He is also a God of dire vengeance and consequences. His name is not to be taken in vain!
Jeneka Thomas at 03:13PM, 2016/03/28.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Who can or shsll be THE NEHEMIAH of these times? According to Nehemiah 5:14, Nehemiah faced a daunting task similar to that confronting many leaders and politicians of develiping countries today! Like in Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's Libetia with the natkons' wealth concentrated in the hands of her's and those of her children and her cronies, Nehemiah apparently came from a wealthy family and also a politician could have profited. But instead he set a sterling examole of generosity and self-sacrifice that made a profounf impression on his oppressed countrymen!

Or bettet still; who could be THE ESTHER who realizing the oppression of her people said in Esther 4:16, "I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish,I perish"!

Well, even if there may be no Nehemiah or Esther for our oppressed nation today, what is certain is that there is the oppressor (Ellen), and there are bound to be the Hamans and the Mordecais (Esther 1,2,3,4,5,6,7! So time will tell! Elder Nyanseor,your article can be ewuated to the "ARROW PRAYER" of Nehemiah---Nehemiah 2:4!!! Also Nehemiah 1:5-12;4:4-5;5:19;6:9,14;13:14,22,31!!!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 03:57PM, 2016/03/28.
Amos Frank
Elder Nyanseor utilizes well-proportioned and realistic "interpretations of the Bible" to prognosticate and retrospect "occurrences within the Liberian society"! Fanatics of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will have to take it on as one sucking a lime, since the truth hurts.

Listen to prominent Liberians, even those having cordial relations with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, they generally insinuate about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf exactly what Elder Nyanseor is eloquently articulating in his well-proportioned and realistic interpretations of the Holy Writ! You fanatics - Dempster Yallah, Effesayf,or "Thomas"!
Amos Frank at 02:51AM, 2016/03/29.
James Samolu


It is easy to sit in America and call for insurrection which is an old tactics of some Liberian politicians who do not have the balls to do the right things that would help to advance their society.

When have anybody heard of Mr. Nyanseor leading a peaceful demonstration in Liberia, or trying to promote some meaningful policies?

Talking about scriptures? Any con artist out there like Mr. Nyanseor have the ability to google scriptures on the internet and try to interpret or extrapolate them to fit into some absurd and twisted explanations of theirs.

Mr. Nyanseor having lived in the United States for all these years watching American elections and getting some practical education on how demagoguery and falsehoods play into the psyche of ill-informed people, understands this well. Moreover, he also understands that the hurdled and uneducated Liberian masses have always been susceptible to hoodwinking and bamboozling.

Consequently, the stage is now set and the best weapons that he is using are the internet and sensational journalism; mentally deranged interpretations of the Bible; and propaganda.

I sometimes wonder where we do we as Liberians derive our shortsightedness. Have we not by now learned our lessons to be able to decipher truth from lies? Have we not by now learn to tell an individual who has good intentions for our nation from one who has a selfish, well-crafted and malicious motive to further reign hardship on our people?

To conclude, the great prophets referred to in the Bible were persecuted several times for their beliefs. These persecutions did not occur while they were sitting home and enjoying comfort. They ventured out and took with them the gospel of Christ wherever they could. If Mr. Nyanseor truly has the interests of the people at heart then why is he not on the grounds taking the lead in implementing his good plans for the nation?

How will the angry dog not lie, when the one who ought to start the agitation is lying in comfort and financial security in the United States and pretending to play the role of Mahatma Ghandi? Is this how one should interpret the true love for one’s country? No.


James Samolu at 08:51AM, 2016/03/29.
Sylvester  Moses
Mr. Janeka Thomas’s comment is posted to the wrong article of Griot, journalist, cultural/ political activist, poet, and unapologetic evangelist Mr. Siah Nyanseor - nothing related to ULAA appears under this thoughtful though passionate take titled “Chickens Always Come Home to Roost”. Nevertheless, no matter the obvious mistake, and hence the rash reckless rush to judgment by Janeka, it doesn’t excuse the below malicious personal attacks:

“Mr. Nyanseor uses grotesque interpretations of the Bible to predict occurrences within the Liberian society“ - “Mr. Nyanseor is verging on the brink of profound insanity” - “His conduct is not new to the keen Liberian observer. Traditionally you find preachers within our society who profess to believe in Jesus but at the same time believe in voodoo or the science of the paranormal”, and “Mr. Nyanseor’s queer religiosity is very similar to the practice of Santeria or Obeah which is a form of religion commonly found in the Caribbean or Brazil…”
Amazingly, there is no support, even in the right article, to justify such reading. Moreover, one fails to understand the rationale for “Mr. Nyanseor’s grotesque interpretations of the bible to predict occurrences within the Liberian society”.

The question is, how could Siah’s use of exemplification, biblical examples/ allusions, to emphasize points be considered prediction of dire calamity foe anyone? Ironically, Canon James B. Sellee, who preached over the body of Mr. Harry Greaves, also noted in his sermon that “those who lived by the sword will die by the sword”. Indeed, no reasonable person would suppose that he’s forecasting the future, or wishing hellish fire on anyone.

By the way, Director Massaquoi and Minister Sannoh originally theorized that the Greaves’ case was a “mysterious homicide”, so one is at pains to discern the “lies and propaganda” accusations. Perhaps, as dictated by best homicide investigative procedures and practices, was there a final police report of circumstantial evidence to buttress the “accidental drowning cause of death” conclusion, there wouldn’t have been the looming doubts, speculations, innuendos, and reported heightened fears about public safety pending UNMIL drawdown.

To end, here, as a victim of ad hominem attacks (casting aspersions on the author rather than the text, or abusing an opponent in a debate instead of focusing on the issue), one couldn't help but single out this flowering flaw. Unbelievably, the tactic is becoming habitual of quite a number of educated Liberians, and one is left to ponder the impact of such philistine attitude on young impressible students. And, unfortunately, an otherwise well - written commentary by Mr. Janeka Thomas, or whosoever, is reduced to ineffectuality as a result of bias, and hasty judgment; next time, he would read carefully before putting pen to paper, so to speak.
Sylvester Moses at 01:17PM, 2016/03/29.
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah
Mr. Samolu, you have no argument! Worst, you sound seriously DEFEATIST! This is an INTELLECTUAL ARENA and a "marketplace of ideas"! IT IS NOT a place for whining - most especially not for such illogical thoughts from you! Whoever told you that nationals abroad should care less about the burning issues of society or the Nation because they are not "on the ground" has received you!

! Ibdtead of wasting people time, you should advance an ANTI-THESIS against Elder Nyanseor's THESIS that "THE PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD"! Again, you will have to stop that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Charles Taylor's 16th century thinking of war to bring change! The pen brings lasting and durable change! This the pen is mightier than the sword! Listen to the Holy and intellectual Elder- Elder Nyanseor!
Kandajaba Zoebohn Zoedjallah at 04:31PM, 2016/03/29.
Sylvester Moses
“It is easy to sit in America and call for insurrection which is an old tactics of some Liberian politicians who do not have the balls to do the right things that would help to advance their society”.

With characterizations like the above, paid pundits and propagandist of unaccountable governance - in our new democracy - are coming out like chickens from the coop to feed: why not, lots of free PR cash around. But ironically, Siah Nyanseor didn’t boast of hectoring ACDL toward the final decision of armed "insurrection" which resulted in the deaths of 200, 000 Liberians and legal resident aliens. Furthermore, it wasn’t his voice heard on BBC inciting rebels to level Monrovia and bring down the Executive Mansion. Or, may be, some think that the TRC banned him from political activity for a specific period after that institution’s commissioners found overwhelming evidence indicating that he was the prime mover behind the civil war. Mistaking Siah for EJS is delusional, let’s cut out the tomfoolery.

For despite attempts to downplay her prominent role during a recent interview with the Financial Times by claiming that “USD $10, 000 wouldn’t make a war…”, words are stones they don’t rot. Unknown to her, it’s an open secret that she not only bankrolled the original 1985 NPFL invasion from Freetown, but also transported a truck load of armaments from Ethiopia via Burkina Faso to Ivory Coast for the second NPFL invasion in 1989. Thus, the question is, what has Siah done to incite an “insurrection”? Perhaps, he eloquently and elegantly spices with scriptures (to make widely understandable) the same points others are making unpersuasively. Nonetheless, the intimidation strategy to silence critical Diaspora voices is futile. What may work is for the powers that be to create genuine peace initiatives at home. But even that too might founder unless committed efforts are made to bridge the economic and class divides.

Needless to say that in spite of the presence of her finger prints and footprints all over past “isurrections”, the vast majority of Liberians finally embraced EJS. Because, by 2006, they saw in her a charismatic, capable and convincing woman – an alternative to past unreliable male leaders, so they thought – who could make a difference. If the honeymoon is over to the extent that she now relies on recycled rhetoric and rapid – propelled sub machine guns, it shouldn’t be faulted on anybody, but her unresponsive arrogant governance which takes the suffering downtrodden for granted. It is tiresome belaboring Einstein’s definition of the word “insanity” – doing something over and over again and expecting a different result - yet it sounds apt here. Fellows, EJS or no EJS, Liberia is stuck in stagnation as long as “let me get my share of the USD million, and f… to the rest” is our atypical ideology.

Sylvester Moses at 05:42PM, 2016/03/29.
Jeneka Thomas
Mr. Sylvester Moses

“Griot, journalist, cultural/ political activist, poet, and unapologetic evangelist …” Thank you Mr. Moses for giving me a heads-up on the many so-called achievements of Mr. Nyanseor. However do not stop there. There are additional encomiums and accolades that your pre-eminent elder often calls himself by. He says that he is, “a man of god and an eminent person of the ULAA.”

Wow!! What a dangerous psychological profile of an individual that encompasses all the elements of a megalomaniacal personality.

Mr. Moses, with the exceptions of a few well written and insightful inscriptions which intermittently emanate from some well-respected scholars whom I deeply admired within the Liberian intellectual community, the perspective is not a web site for thinking twice before writing your thoughts as you stated in your reaction to my comments.

It is a site for spreading hear-says or for authenticating the gossips of people who harbor visceral hatred for other folks who probably, they just do not like because of ideological differences; tribal or partisan differences. This is the essence of democracy in the grandest Liberian political and intellectual tradition. And it was what the late Gabriel Baccus Matthews related to when he once said, “There is no middle ground in African politics.” “It is a politics of a duel to the death.” “You are either for me or against me.”

On the other hand Liberians are not a monolith. I am an independent thinker and I care less of what people think of me because I am not joining the onslaught of the anti-Ellen bandwagon.

You accused me of an ad hominem attack on Mr. Nyanseor. Let me invite you to trek back on some of his past essays and read some of the most unsavory excoriations and outright insults which he had delivered against Ellen. He wrote once that Ellen was planning to declare herself as a president for life.

This is the standard of journalistic integrity that your brother minister and an honorable elder has set and so I am all for it. The Perspective is the journalistic no-man’s land brother! Striving for excellence and objectivity does not exist. This is where character assassination and calumny reigns supreme.

Why are you surprised?
Jeneka Thomas at 06:23PM, 2016/03/29.
Mae Moore
Mr. Dempster Yallah aka Jeneka Thomas,YOU ARE A FOLLOWER AND A FANATIC OF ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF. Hence, you can´t be an independent thinker.Independent thinkers fight for principles and not for an individual. An independent thinker´s views would never be determined By whatever amount of "unsavory excoriations and outright insults" against him/her.

Your confession "This is the standard of journalistic integrity that your brother minister and an honorable elder has set and so I am all for it" PROVES YOU DO NOT HAVE THE MENTAL CAPACITY OF BECOMING AN INDEPENDENT THINKER!

DO NOT LIE. Your gullibility is not only displayed on this site! Your gullibility is displayed on all sites at which you make comments. So do not scapegoat this internationally acclaimed and very credible PERSPECTIVE ONLINE MAGANIZE!

If you were an independent thinker and not an Ellen Johnson Sirleaf´s fanatic and follower, you would argue for or against values, concepts, or ideals, and not bent on covering up for a scoundrel, and a valian, who have degenerated into a despot!

Independent thinkers do not use FAKE NAMES as you have proven here in your admission as a follower, tool, and zombie. All you do on this site is unsuccessfully attempt to cover-up for this rotten and failed criminal empire.

You are so much a follower and incapable of being an indpendent thinker that even while a victim (Harry Greaves from your own county) has suspiciously been murdered with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her death squad noted for been the prime suspect, You had the audacity to spew such rubbish here that "there is no way Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and her government can be linked to the murder of HER former strategist and propaganda chief who later became HER FOE!

Unlike you a phony,and a follower, Elder Nyanseor is an independent and fearless thinker with integrity. Do not lie on Baccus Matthews to justify your blind loyalty and your been a FANATIC to a corrupt, incompetent, and very wicked Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The late NATIONAL HERO, Baccus Matthews, was simply refering to a particular political context and not politics nor intellectualism in general. No wonder why you are stuck in your“You are either for me or against me” as some political zombie. Independent thinkers ARE ANTI-“You are either for me or against me” thinking!Independent thinkers strive for the rule of law and not for the rule of men of for some corrupt and incompetent despot! You are a fanatic of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and you know it!

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