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									                                  LIBERIA RECONSTRUCTION PARTY PLATFORM


                        LIBERIA RECONSTRUCTION PARTY

         LIBERIANS REBUILDING LIBERIA TO A NOBLER DESTINY

                                        PLATFORM

PARTY PREAMBLE

 Liberia Reconstruction Party consists of registered male and female Liberian voters
ages 18 and above from all tribes, religions, creed, economic strata, disabilities, and
philosophical persuasions at home and abroad that uphold democratic principles of
national sovereignty, national Liberian identity, national unity, national security, human
rights, liberty, peace, stability, equality, justice, good governance, rule of law, political
freedom, freedom of the press, social freedom, moral, cultural, and spiritual
advancements of our nation for ourselves and our posterity. Members of Liberia
Reconstruction Party are known as Democrats.

While Liberia Reconstruction Party does not ascribe to any single religion, we patriots
acknowledge and are grateful to God for our organization and will rely on his divine
guidance for continuity and endurance as the strongest most resilient post civil war
political party in Liberia. In light of that, the party encourages its members and fellow
Liberians to pursue and uphold their religious beliefs or the lack thereof in their private
lives outside of party functions. Officials of the party and party candidates for national,
municipal, county, and local party elections are free to exercise their religions as allowed
under the Liberian Constitution.

The Party fosters hard work toward national reconstruction through transparent
accountable leadership that moves in concert with the needs of Liberians. Further,
Liberia Reconstruction Party embraces fiscal responsibility that has zero tolerance for
corruption of any kind and magnitude within the party and at all levels of government.

The Party ensures a diversity of political opinions by conducting itself according to the
wishes of the majority of its membership. Major priorities of Liberia Reconstruction
Party will be to elect many Democrats to public offices, to enlarge its membership, and to
function in an open and democratic manner, consistent with its Constitution and the laws
of Liberia. The ultimate goal of Liberia Reconstruction Party is to engage all Liberians in
rebuilding Liberia to a nobler destiny by aiding our national government to perform
effectively as a true democracy, representative of all the Liberian people.

MOTTO AND EMBLEM OF THE PARTY

The party’s motto is Liberians rebuilding Liberia to a nobler destiny.

The party’s emblem consists of a red circle representing the unity of Liberians with the
motto inscribed in white letters. This circle is around a blue map of Liberia with
inscription of the party’s name in white. Below the Liberian map in the circle is the


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inscription in blue letters the date the party was founded inscribed. The red circle is
flanked on both sides by the Liberian flag to communicate the party’s commitment to
uphold the sovereignty of Liberia.

PARTY NATIONAL MISSION

The mission of Liberia Reconstruction Party is to become the most enduring, resilient,
leading and strong post civil war political party in Liberia to develop achievable national
policies based on data/facts to enable Liberians to rebuild Liberia to a nobler destiny.
Further, the mission is to get large numbers of Democrats elected to executive,
legislative, municipal, county, and local offices to uphold democratic principles while
implementing the national reconstruction vision and national reconstruction policy
guided by the national reconstruction principle to engage Liberians in rebuilding Liberia
to a nobler destiny.

PARTY NATIONAL VISION
The national reconstruction vision includes the recognition, nurturing, and appropriate
utilization of all Liberian talents and resources to rebuild Liberia to a nobler destiny of a
developing middle class nation by 2047, when Liberia becomes 200 years old as an
independent nation and beyond. The policy of restoring strengthening, and maintaining
the sanctity and inviolability of our national sovereignty and our Liberian identity is
fundamental to the implementation of the national vision.

Liberia Reconstruction Party through Democrats elected to public offices with the
cooperation of all hard working Liberians will accomplish the national vision by using
past and present Liberian data to develop short and long term national policies, goals, and
objectives for reforming all economic sectors toward increasing employment
opportunities to reduce poverty and improve the living standards of all Liberians by 2047
and beyond.

In the short term that is next six years after 2011 elections, the party will use our national
economic growth to reform and strengthen
     national security,
     governance,
     national sovereignty,
     fiscals transparency by getting rid of corruption
     education, healthcare, and employment to increase manpower and to reduce
        poverty,
     construction of roads, airports, hospitals, schools, libraries, laboratories, and
        public buildings,
     and food production, water safety, and energy production for Liberia.

The followings are outlines of the short and long term policy reform, development and
implementation areas for the national vision.




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1. National Security: A historical synopsis of Liberia’s security is critical. Former
   US President Jimmy Carter on July 13, 2003 said that during his 1978 visit to
   Liberia made a strong observation and commented on the lack of security for
   Liberian government officials and for diplomats in the country. He was right,
   following that visit, the 1979 rice riots that occurred in Liberia killed 41 people,
   injured 548 and caused economic damage of USD$40-49 million. The Liberian
   government brought soldiers and police from Mano River Union member
   countries because it did not have a national security system to curb insurgency
   according to US Public Broadcasting System. In 1980, a so-called successful
   military coup took place that killed a visionary leader President Richard Tolbert
   because the security apparatus around the president was weak. Many government
   officials were executed and killed as a result of this national weakness (CBS
   footage). The lack of good roads, good infantry battalions, and the lack of a
   strong air force in the Liberian Military allowed a foreign designed Liberian civil
   war to devastate the national fabric from 1989 to 2003. Under President Ellen
   Johnson Sirleaf, no nationally owned security vision has been developed to
   correct this sad part of our national history and develop policies for current
   generation of Liberians to follow and to guide future Liberian leaders.

   Any post-war nation needs to train a larger than usual number of security
   personnel in order to be able to repel future insurrections after the peace keeping
   force leaves according to the (International Crisis Group) or the peace keeping
   force tends to remain in that country for longer periods. The United States of
   America following its own civil war in 1865 has not yet stopped increasing its
   military might to curb insurrections at home and to increase its dominance for
   resources overseas. This principle is true in Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan,
   Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Uganda, Sudan, North Korea, South Korea, China,
   Japan, India, and Pakistan.

   Liberia’s pre-war military force was 4, 500 but there were over 100, 000 rebels
   during the civil war involved in different factions that are currently part of the
   population and ready to be recruited and used by future insurgent leaders if a
   national government does not design, develop, and put in place a mighty Liberian
   Army to deter such predilections. Liberia is also the fourth fastest population
   growth nation in the world as of 2009 with an estimated population of 3.95
   million people. The observations above are urgent red flags for Liberians to build
   a nationally owned post-war security system to protect citizens, foreigners,
   businesses, and our future posterity so the UN peace keeping force can leave.

   To reconstruct Liberian national security apparatus, objectives must be fully
   designed, developed, and implemented by Liberians in the next six years and
   beyond. A truly safe post-war Liberia requires well constructed road and airport
   networks and at least 20, 000 helmets in the Armed Forces of Liberia to begin
   with and then quickly increase the force to be able to effectively respond to
   national security crisis. The current Armed Forces of 2100 men and women ill
   prepared by a corrupt private US military contractor Dyne Corp cannot even



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   defend Monrovia’s and its environs with 1.8 million people neither the whole
   country.

   Because of the severe lack of a nationally owned strong security network the UN
   Peace Keeping Force that was supposed to leave Liberia in 2007 is till present in
   the country and President Johnson Sirleaf still relies on Nigerian Army to protect
   her. According to (Pajibo & Woods 2007) from http://
   www.africafocus.org/peaceexp.php, President Sirleaf abrogated the constitution
   by single handedly turning over the building of the post-civil war 2100 body
   Liberian Military to a foreign state USA’s corrupt private military contractor Dyn
   Corp without regard for the Liberian Legislature or the civil societal organizations
   and by having foreign security protect instead of the Liberian Army. President
   Johnson Sirleaf is using foreign generals because she did and does not still have
   any vision to bolster our safety. As recent as June 5, 2009 the UNMIL experts in
   Liberia during their midterm report to the UN Security Council raised major
   concerns over the lack of capacity by the Liberian Government under President
   Johnson Sirleaf to implement effective border controls on land, along the coast,
   airports, and ports of entry.

   This is a national disgrace that undermines Liberia’s sovereignty. There is
   therefore an urgent need for another Liberian leadership that has vision to develop
   a stronger nationally owned Liberian security apparatus to protect citizens from
   any undue future security crisis after UNMIL leaves. Liberia Reconstruction
   Party is the alternative leadership with vision to help Liberians rebuild Liberia to
   a nobler destiny.

   Going forward, reforming Liberian national security including the Armed Forces
   of Liberia (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines) up to 20,000 bodies in five
   years, 50,000 strong in twelve yeas and 200,000 by 2047 and beyond is necessary.
   For example, Nimba County with nearly 500, 000 people needs no less than 5,
   000 security officers to protect Liberians living there. A strong army code of
   engineers and leaders can serve the country in other capacities and be ready to
   deploy if needed. 2000 Patriot Guards to protect government officials and
   diplomats, 2000 Paramilitary Agencies (Cost Guards and Firemen/Women and
   others), and 2000 National Security Agency officers in 6 years are critical to
   national stability. About 10,000 strong Liberian National Police in six years, 20,
   000 in twelve years, and 50, 000 by 2047 and beyond are needed for day to day
   protection of citizens. About 2000 Immigration officers and 5000 Custom and
   Border Patrol officers are needed in six years and then higher by 2047 to protect
   our borders, revenues, and citizenship.

2. Governance: Restoring, strengthening, and maintaining the sanctity and
   inviolability of our national sovereignty and our Liberian identity while
   upholding a strong fiscal policy to deter all kinds and magnitude of corruption, are
   pillars to achieving true national unity and reducing poverty. Governance at
   executive, legislative, judiciary, municipal, county, and local levels to be



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   reformed to prevent undue interferences, to ensure transparent fiscal leadership
   across the nation with zero tolerance for corruption of any magnitude and kind in
   the next five years and beyond. Strengthening and ensuring human rights,
   freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion, and right to
   representation by increasing the number of Liberian lawyers in practice are
   relevant to the rule of law.

3. Education: Liberia has one of the lowest enrollments of primary school students
   in Africa (World Council on Healthcare, 2009). Liberia performed the worst on
   the 2009 West African Examination and 47% of Liberian population is 15 years
   old and younger (WHO, 2009). The Johnson Sirleaf’s Administration’s response
   was to import 44 Nigerian teachers on a chartered jet and paying them salaries for
   each of them that would pay 800 Liberian teachers. Liberia is the only country in
   West Africa without libraries or laboratories for the education of its citizens.
   Liberia has no continued teacher education programs and no strong national
   vision to diversify education to meet post-war reconstruction agenda. The civil
   war caused a massive brain drain of faculty and other professionals and a national
   education vision to replace the loss is urgently required (Ndebe, 2010).

   According to Dewey, education is not a preparation for life but education is life
   itself. Holding this as Liberia Reconstruction Party’s National vision for all
   Liberians, a reform of education at all levels to train and develop 70% of critical
   manpower for Liberia in the next six years and 100% by 2047 and beyond at our
   universities, colleges, and schools is critical. Liberian experts backed by
   government resources will design and implement curricula with requisite
   infrastructure and support services at tertiary, secondary, and primary institutions
   to increase enrollment, persistence, and graduation rates of all Liberian youths
   especially females to narrow the current wide gap in gender representation at
   education institutions. Build libraries and laboratories to enhance the educational
   preparation of Liberians to better serve the country in the global economy.

   In 2006, the UNDP, IMF, World Bank, and other international bodies released
   statements that global economic and security advantage for any nation including
   those in Africa is contingent on the advancement of its higher education
   institutions. With this in mind, Liberia Reconstruction Party will work with the
   Association of Liberian Universities, and Liberian higher education institutions to
   diversify and advance the offerings of academic programs at undergraduate and
   graduate levels to meet this challenge.

   To develop and implement national moral and ethical policies to guide research
   by academics and independent organizations involving human subjects, animals,
   and natural resources. Develop research in science and technology and in other
   disciplines at advanced levels to promote large offerings of graduate certificates,
   masters and doctorate degrees in various disciplines of academia to become
   faculty, teachers, engineers, health professionals, national security leaders, and
   other critical manpower to meet Liberia’s global economic and security needs.



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4. Human Capacity Building
    Before the civil war in 1988, Liberia had closer to 300 Liberian lawyers, 227
   Liberian medical doctors, 882 professional nurses, 150 physician assistants, and
   50 pharmacist (Europa,2003). 6,500 plus teachers nation wide, 280 plus faculty
   members at the University of Liberia, 120 faculty at Cuttington University, 45 at
   Technical College of Maryland, 100 plus at Booker Washington Institute, 60 at
   the Rural Teacher training institutes, researchers at and several scientists in
   various agricultural and research and governmental agencies (Ndebe, 2010).

    During the war, there were less than 25 medical doctors (Peter Kahler, 2000),
   less than 300 nurses, 1500 teachers, less professors, and other critical
   professionals. Today in Liberia, there are 90 medical doctors, 1805 (registered
   nurses, graduate nurses, licensed practical nurses, certified nurse midwives, and
   nurse anesthetists) combined nurses, 286 physicians assistants, 23 dentists, 46
   pharmacist, 398 technicians, 243 traditional midwives, 1589 nurses aides, and 693
   others with a total of 5, 173 and many only want to work in the urban and coaster
   towns according to (Policy Options to Retain Nurses in Rural Liberia, 2010) for a
   population of 3.95 million people and less number of lawyers to ensure the rule of
   law.
   Though Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts was opened in 1952, it has
   only enrolled 800 students and graduated 500 in 58 years
   (www.tnima.org/aboutus.htl). The Winifred J Harley School of Nursing in Ganta
   was founded in 1951 but has graduated less than 1000 students too. Cuttington
   University has graduated the largest number of registered nurses. The Liberian
   Journal (2009) claimed Dogliotti College of Medicine at the University of Liberia
   opened 1969 and has only graduated 272 doctors with 70% of them being
   Liberians in 40 years at the rate of 6-12 graduates year. The School of Pharmacy
   at the University of Liberia has also been graduating very few pharmacists.

   To improve the critical shortage of professionals exacerbated by the brain drain of
   the civil wars, Liberia Reconstruction Party will engage all Liberian scholars
   and experts into training and producing many Liberians in different disciplines to
   do 60% of the nation’s work in the next six years and 100% of work toward
   national reconstruction by 2047 and beyond. Liberia Reconstruction Party’s
   mandate is to develop and implement a National Mentorship Program to train
   future Liberian leaders and develop and implement continued education programs
   in all sectors of the economy to disseminate current knowledge to personnel
   toward high quality and efficient productivity are key to helping Liberians rebuild
   Liberia to a nobler destiny.

5. Employment: President Johnson Sirleaf in her speech before US Congress on
   March 15, 2006 appealed for a 3.5 billion dollar debt relief so she could use
   economic recovery to improve high unemployment, develop science and
   technology, reduce poverty, to build roads, electricity, to provide essential
   agriculture services, and hospitals while fighting corruption. In July 2006, the



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   Sirleaf administration set up a façade Liberia Emergency Employment Program
   (LEEP) to hire 50, 000 people in two years but hired less than 5, 000 up to now
   with lower salaries in favor of paying a few so-called experts she imported and is
   paying them up to US $10, 000 and $20, 000.00 a month with other fringe
   benefits to the unemployment of thousands of Liberians.

   The international community through lobby by Friends of Liberia, Washington on
   Africa, InterAction, and others granted Liberia debt relief and lifted sanctions on
   the export of our natural resources. The Poverty Reduction Program instituted by
   President Sirleaf’s administration for the past two years have not produced any
   Million Goal results based on Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs report
   reviewed. In five years, the economy to President Sirleaf’s credit has grown to
   the extent that Liberia’s GDP in 2009 according to the IMF was US$1.56 billion.
   Liberia’s budget was about US $371 million and many Liberians did not get
   employed, roads were not built, airports, hospitals, schools, colleges, and
   universities were not built except the University of Liberia Fendell campus, and
   border patrol like the entire national security is neglected.

   The mandate of Liberia Reconstruction Party is to fight the Johnson Sirleaf
   Corruption, kill it, and reduce the current 84% unemployment rate of people 18 to
   3 years in 2010 to 50% in six years and to 10% or less by 2047 and beyond.
   Employment restores self esteem and ensures peace in place of hostility derieved
   from disgruntle citizens. This party being cognizant of this will give incentives to
   Liberian and foreign owned companies that set as a goal to increase employment
   rates of Liberians in all disciplines across the country. Currently, 30 to 35% of
   Liberia’s population is 18 to 35 years old and most of them are unemployed thus
   posing serious economic and security risk to our nation.

   Anyone or organization with financial power can hire and turn this group against
   the national government that has neglected them under President Johnson
   Sirleaf’s administration. Liberia Reconstruction Party is stepping in with
   leadership and vision to positively empower these young people by providing jobs
   through the National Mentorship Program to be instituted. Students from 9th
   grade to those in colleges and universities will be enrolled in this program at all
   government offices, the private and business sectors, and non-profit sectors to
   prepare them for work upon graduation. Another 14% of the population is 35 to
   60 years old and 50% are unemployed with the departure of emergency relief
   international organizations and the ushering in of President Sirleaf’s imported
   experts in government to the neglect of the rest of Liberians. They too need
   leadership that will give them hope in rebuilding their country to a nobler destiny.
   Those Liberians like doctors, teachers, nurses, and others that are currently
   underpaid especially in the rural areas because of the high level of corruption in
   President Johnson Sirleaf’s government will also see improvement in income.

6. Reform Commercial activities and associated laws and regulations in ways that
   boost Liberian and foreign direct investments with priority for equitable tax



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   incentives for Liberian investors and priority for the employment of all qualified
   Liberians in place of foreigners with similar competences in order to improve the
   living conditions of 50% of Liberians in six years, 70% of Liberians in 12 years
   for all Liberian citizens by 2047 and beyond.

7. Further develop an Optimal National Social Service Policy to address retirement
   issues, gender disparity, disability, maternal leave, medical leave, extended family
   adoption/foster care, and elder care.

8. Healthcare: In addition to brain drain of critical healthcare professionals,
   Liberia’s health data statistics continue to decline in the post-civil era. The
   Humanitarian Information Center for Liberia (2000) reported Liberia’s life
   expectancy during the war was at 47.6 for the population, 492 years for woman
   and 46.3. for men but now it is at 41. It sates that Liberia’s human development
   index has declined from 131 in 1992 to 158 by 1996. According to WHO (2008-
   2009), Liberia’s human development index for 2007 was 169 out of 182
   countries, life expectancy declined in 2009 to 42.46 years for women, 39.85 years
   for men, and 41.13 years for the entire population.

   The number of doctors patient has declined in 2009 under President Sirleaf now
   compared to when she took office and only 1% of Liberia’s population is 61 years
   and above and worse for men. During the war, Liberian infant mortality rate was
   17 to 25% but with departure of emergency medical supply agencies like the
   International Red Cross, Doctors without borders and many others, infant
   mortality rate under President Johnson Sirleaf is 35 to 45%. While 70% of births
   were done in clinic staffed with healthcare workers during the war, only 36% now
   give birth under the care of trained healthcare workers. According to USAID
   (2007), the maternal mortality rate in Liberia is one of the highest in the world at
   994 per 100, 000 births under the watchful eyes of President Johnson Sirleaf due a
   to lack of strong national healthcare policy that invests in healthcare to secure
   human capital. USAID also claims only about 30% of Liberian infants and
   children are immunized and many die from respiratory infections, malaria,
   diarrhea, iron deficiency anemia.

   The National Health Policy through its Basic Healthcare Package currently in
   place does not even meet the needs of Monrovians. Though Liberia’s GDP in
   2009 was estimated at US $1.5 billion, President Johnson Sirleaf only spent 2.1%
   of GDP on healthcare according to the WHO and 75% of Liberia’s health budget
   is at the mercy of international non-governmental organizations. At Phebe
   Hospital, a foreign NGO is paying for transportation cost to bring pregnant
   women from far off towns and villages to the hospital to reduce the high maternal
   mortality rate. According to BBC (2007) Dr. Gwenegale said that acute shortage
   of health providers in rural areas has made matters worst and some counties are
   lucky if they get one doctor.




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   After any war, the deaths in adult population increases due to complications of
   chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, mental illness and
   others, neglected during the war in search of safety and food (Goborah et al.,
   2003). Many adults ages 18 to 60 are dying from these treatable diseases in
   Liberia now because of a lack of effective healthcare system to meet the needs of
   the country. The brain drain of critical healthcare manpower during the war
   continues with the deaths of productive adult Liberians among them doctors,
   nurses, professors, and others. Many people that don’t have money to go to
   Ghana or countries, suffer premature death which is further hurting our country’s
   critical human capacity development.

   Liberia Reconstruction Party will therefore support Liberian universities,
   colleges, and schools, Liberia Medical and Dental Council, Liberia Nursing
   Association, Physician Assistants Association, and others, faculty, patients, and
   experts to design and implement diverse healthcare academic programs to
   increase the output of various healthcare professionals from universities, colleges,
   and schools and to provide them with resources for the delivery of high quality
   optimal healthcare for all Liberians. In line with the above, the new Liberian
   healthcare system will provide primary, acute, rehabilitation, specialty, mental
   health, long term, and end of life care (advanced directives, hospice, and
   palliative) for 70% of Liberians in 12 years and for all Liberians by 2047 and
   beyond.

9. Energy, Food, and Water Safety: The Humanitarian Information Center for
   Liberia (2000) claimed Liberia has no regulations to monitor domestic and
   imported food for quality and safety and the sale of food in open public places
   under poor hygiene conditions has further complicated the problem. This body
   also raised concerns with the malnutrition rates for children and child bearing
   women causing 39% of children under age five to be stunted, 6% wasted, 26%
   under weight, 86% of 6-36 months old children have iron deficiency anemia and
   52.9% of them have Vitamin A deficiency while 58% pregnant women are
   anemic.
   According to USAID (2007), only 41% of Liberians have access to healthcare,
   24% have access to safe drinking water, and only 26% have access to sanitation.
   Only 30% of Liberians have access to electricity.
    Liberia Reconstruction Party would work with Liberian farmers and
   professionals in Agriculture to improve quality and quantity of domestically
   grown food and to develop safe processing techniques that add necessary
   nutritional supplements to reduce exposure to enteric diseases, anemia, and
   malnutrition for 70% of the population in twelve years and for all Liberians by
   2047 and beyond.

    Liberia will develop and implement advanced techniques suitable for Africa in
   renewable energy production, water purification, mass agricultural production of
   food, mass food processing and preservation industries, and national and
   international marketing strategies to maximize profits for farmers and investors.



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   This would ultimately improve national security because a nation that cannot feed
   itself is prey to domestic and foreign predators.

10. Roads, Airports, Seaports, Rail, Water Transportation: The poor road, airport,
    and rail network in Liberia enabled the inception and prolongation of the civil war
    that devastated the national economy and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
    Construction and pavement of all Liberian highway roads, seaports, and air ports
    in six years, construction of railroads, and water transportation network in fifteen
    years, and all methods of transportation to further be developed at advanced levels
    through the entire nation by 2047 and beyond to enhance the economy and
    security of Liberia. These construction projects will provide lots of employment
    opportunities for Liberians and also help to unify the republic as is being done in
    Sierra Leone right now.

11. The Executive Mansion Renovation in one year to restore honor to the
    executive branch and to strengthen our sovereignty, construction of public
    buildings, hospitals, schools, libraries, laboratories in the capital and in the
    counties in six years, and other physical structures in 10 years and beyond.

12. Natural Resources and Environmental Protection to preserve and use Liberia’s
    wealth with fiscal transparency immediately and ongoing. To protect our natural
    resources from extortion and the environment from contamination that is erosive
    to marine life, to the forests of Liberia, to the health of the Liberian people, wild
    life animals, or the soil critically needed to produce food and other agricultural
    products.

13. Communication including the press, postal services, cellular waves, Internet
    broad ban coverage, cable, land phone, technologies, radio, TV, and other forms
    to be available to 60% of Liberians in 12 years and to 90% of Liberians in all
    regions of the country by 2047 and beyond.

14. History, Arts, and Tourism
    Remembering, correcting, and writing our nation’s history and arts before the
    civil wars from the arrival of the indigenous tribes in 6000BC to the arrival of the
    former slaves from America in 1821 and there after, during the civil wars, and
    after the civil wars and then teaching them to current generation would help us
    develop better national policies for present day Liberia and also guide the future
    generations in appreciating good works by our predecessors and in avoiding
    dangerous precedents that led to devastating historical consequences. Well
    written and cherished history and the arts attract tourists to a nation and thus the
    image of country.

15. Strengthen our National Economy through reforms in all the above sectors and
    institute the Liberian Stock Exchange by 2047 or sooner. With the appropriate
    national manpower to design and develop industries, Liberia has natural
    resources to build a strong stock exchange. The devaluation of African currencies



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       in the late 1980s and 1990s has given advantage for the current economic growth
       across Africa that Liberia is also experiencing while most of the world is in
       economic recession.

       Under President Johnson Sirleaf, the Liberian economy is growing while 84%
       unemployment for Liberians exists and national security and infrastructural
       developments are neglected in order to pay a few imported experts USD $10,000
       to $20, 000.00 a month and massive corruption by herself and government
       officials, that is devastating the rest Liberia. This is why Liberia Reconstruction
       Party is founded to develop and maintain a zero tolerant fiscal leadership with
       vision to lead Liberians in rebuilding Liberia to a nobler destiny of all Liberians
       living a middle class life by 2047 or sooner through a united hard work.

   16. A National Foreign Policy: Develop and implement a national foreign and
       diplomatic relationship policy to support the national mission of Liberians
       rebuilding Liberia to a nobler destiny from now on. A policy to prevent undue
       international influences in six years and beyond so as to strengthen our national
       sovereignty, national security, national identity, and enhance achievement of our
       national vision goals, and development support. This will also enable Liberia to
       engage in mutually beneficial relations with the Mano River Union, ECOWAS,
       African Union, United Nations, European Union, Asia, the United States of
       America, the Americas, and other foreign bodies, nations, and organizations to
       encourage foreign direct investment. In other worlds, no foreign interests should
       supersede Liberia’s sovereignty, security, and economic progress toward reducing
       poverty and improving the living standards of all Liberians. Current policies have
       subjected Liberian interests against our constitution to excessive and unethical
       foreign demands.

PARTY NATIONAL POLICY
The national policy of Liberia Reconstruction Party is to restore, strengthen, and maintain
the sanctity and inviolability of our national sovereignty and our Liberian identity above
all peripheral and foreign identities.

The party promotes governance at all levels that bolsters, strengthens, and protects our
sovereignty based on the Liberian constitution. In other words, subjecting the
sovereignty of Liberia to foreign or domestic influences contrary to the provisions in the
Liberian constitution is treason against the state punishable by law. As a party national
policy, the sovereignty of Liberia is supreme to our existence and we Democrats will
defend it with our resources and our lives.

Strengthening our Liberian identity is fundamental for sustainable national unity and
development than all peripheral identities including religious, tribal, county, municipal,
local, community, and individual loyalties that divided us, undermined national
development, and put us through brutal civil wars for 14 years. In other words being
Liberian is higher and far more important that taking pride in any of the above and other




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peripheral identities. To this end Liberia Reconstruction Party will foster our Liberian
identity above all else in order to strengthen national unity.

PARTY NATIONAL GUIDING PRINCIPLE
So we speak, and so we do because we will be judged by the law of Liberty: Zero
tolerance for corruption of any kind and magnitude within the party and at all levels of
national government as we do a united hard work toward the reconstruction of Liberia
with integrity, honesty, character, commitment, loyalty, and transparent accountability
with a high degree of appreciation and respect for fellow Democrats and all Liberians is
the guiding principle for the national mission, national vision, and national policy of
Liberia Reconstruction Party to engage all Liberians in rebuilding Liberia to a nobler
destiny.

RECONSTRUCTION JOURNAL
Will serve to highlight and celebrate the contributions of all Liberians toward
reconstruction and to keep the Liberian public up to date with Liberia Reconstruction
Party’s performance on national issues and community programs. To keep the nation
informed objectively on national government performance and the role of the
international community in the nation. It will be published on a weekly, monthly, or
quarterly basis. The journal will celebrate Liberian history, culture, and the arts.

RECONSTRUCTION RADIO
Currently 80% of Liberians are uneducated but 90% to 100% listens to radios to get
information. The party plans to establish a radio station that would communicate
progress on reconstruction efforts at national, private, and non-profit levels to all
Liberians and the world. The radio will also be used to provide health education, adult
illiteracy classes, and to educate the citizens on the constitution and the Liberian Codes of
Law. The reconstruction radio will teach citizens history, promotes talents in the arts and
culture. A citizenry that is informed takes ownership and progressively participates in
national rebuilding.

NATIONAL STANDING COMMITTEES
To achieve all the above, Liberia Reconstruction Party has established national standing
committees to engage Liberians within the party and outside the party toward tracking,
analyzing, and developing policies on each of the sectors of the economy that are listed
on this comprehensive platform for the next 37 years to guide Liberians in rebuilding
Liberia to a nobler destiny.




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