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Rushern Baker should pass torch to a new leader to reinvigorate Prince George’s county.

In Summary
The brand is very strong, but the message is tired political cliché.
The Prince George’s County leadership’s second biggest weakness is lack of depth in agenda.
The third weakness of the Prince George’s County leadership is its refusal to appreciate Prince George’s County ’s political realities. The political fundamentals have not shifted. In fact, it is correct to state that the majority of the county leans towards a new administration and are too willing to give it more time to deliver.
Putting its fate in Mr. Rushern Baker to finally deliver the prize is unwise. An objective analysis of the political matrix in Prince George’s County shows that Mr. Rushern Baker’s brightest political days are behind him and he is in his sunset days! By passing the torch to a younger leader, Mr. Rushern Baker will give the Prince George’s County leadership enough time to build the components of a new political machine around a new leader with no corrupt links.

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 Mr. Rushern Baker III

The biggest problem in Prince George’s county is our refusal to face the facts. We are forever pointing fingers, chasing shadows, creating scapegoats, burying our heads in the sand like an Ostrich and sweeping everything under the carpet.

As long as we refuse to acknowledge the real issues that confront us, we will never find the solutions especially in our schools (Prince George’s county public schools). It’s one thing to appoint leaders  at Sasscer Administration Building for the sake of it. But if there is no real meaning but cover up. It’s going to be a waste of time as we have pointed out in the past.

The two momentous events of the past two months — Primary election and the one year take over of our schools led by one County Executive Rushern Baker III  — show the promise and perils of Prince George’s county leadership. Both events portrayed the Prince George’s county leadership in flattering and deprecating circumstances.

On the one hand, the Prince George’s County leadership can huff and puff, make all kinds of change threatening those who speak out by making all kinds of noises, hold huge rallies and even create a sense of siege within government.

However, everything the Baker administration tries to do completely fizzles out in a matter of days. The roar becomes a whimper and the Prince George’s County new Board of Education becomes an irrelevant irritant. The political threat it poses and the promises of the coalition are checkmated by harsh internal and external realities that reduce it to a smouldering rubble of unfulfilled potential and promise.

Prince George’s County new Board of Education’s potential for growth is undermined by the shackling grip of these internal and external challenges. As such, it is most unlikely that it will ever realize its potential unless radically changed and a rethink in strategy undertaken. The risks of confronting the internal challenges are enormous but it is worth taking them.

The biggest asset and biggest liability of the Prince George’s County leadership is its leader, the enigmatic, irreplaceable and evergreen Rushern Baker III. Rushern Baker III is Prince George’s County ’s Yasser Arafat. Like Arafat was to the Palestine Liberation Organization, Rushern Baker III defines the coalition by promoting nepotism at every turn, shapes its looks, pulls the masses to it, personifies the threat it poses to the powers that be, but monopolizes power in a manner that cripples its full potential by promoting corruption directly and indirectly.

When the leading light of  county leadership polarizes the population, he arrests the growth of the body politik. He makes it a force to be reckoned with but fails to build it into a machine that can ultimately maintain power and move the county forward. Prince George’s County leadership must rethink the Rushern Baker III riddle in November 2014. It can’t do without him, but the Prince George’s County citizenry knows that he cannot lead it to the Promised Land. This is one reason why change in leadership this fall is an important step in helping fix the county.

Prince George’s County’s potential is further compromised by the fact that it is headed by a leader who has failed to deliver the ultimate prize on several occasions. The brand is very strong, but the message is tired political cliché. The solution is a gamble, worth all the risk in the world. It is the right time for Rushern Baker III to pass the torch to Angela D. Alsobrooks, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk,  venerable Senator C. Anthony Muse, Timothy Wilson, Ms. Aliya Mullins or Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr.

Putting the county’s fate in Rushern Baker III to finally deliver the prize is unwise. An objective analysis of the political matrix in Prince George’s County shows that Rushern Baker III ’s brightest political days are behind him and he is in his sunset days! By passing the torch to Angela D. Alsobrooks, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, venerable Senator C. Anthony Muse, Timothy Wilson, Ms. Aliya Mullins or Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr. Rushern Baker III will give the Prince George’s County leadership  enough time to build the components of a new political machine around the new leader.

Lack of depth in agenda

The Prince George’s County’s ’s second biggest weakness is lack of depth in agenda. Prince George’s County leadership has miserably failed to convince Prince George’s County citizenry that it has a plausible agenda for the county. One will be forgiven to think that the current point agenda touted as the blueprint by the Prince George’s County leadership was drafted right at the podium during the political rally at Largo or some other place.

The song and dance acts by various Senators can win them the November 2014 election, but Prince George’s County citizenry expect the opposition in Prince George’s County to churn out solid programmes and well thought-out ideas to show that they have better policies than the current regime led by Mr. Rushern Baker’s government.

The third weakness of the Prince George’s County leadership is its refusal to appreciate the Prince George’s County ’s political realities. The political fundamentals have not shifted and the corruption continues as usual within the county. In fact, it is correct to state that the majority of the county leans towards a new administration and are too willing to give it more time to deliver.

Prince George’s County citizenry are political realists and appreciate that days of political miracles are long gone. The Rushern Baker III administration is facing huge challenges, but it is utter nonsense to think that the Prince George’s County leadership is in a position to fix the issues with corruption running the show behind the scenes.

Fourth, Prince George’s County leadership is a poor reader of the national mood. By engaging in a new round of politicking, picketing and covert corruption including manipulation of the court system, the Prince George’s County leadership is swimming against a strong national and international current that wants stability, peace and economic growth for everyone.

Prince George’s County leadership is pushing the politics and the interests of the “self” and going against the wishes of the public. Prince George’s County leadership wants power for its leaders and not bread for its followers. This must be checked.

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