People of Africa specifically Ghana suffer in abject poverty as a consequence of politics and governance. No writing anywhere can be credible if it is not informed by political awareness and principles. Good political practices and governance ensure peace, harmony and protect individual rights and freedom. An autocratic political regime breeds anarchy and tension leading to the suffering of innocent citizens. It is thus important that we contribute as citizens to a good and effective political regime.
Political correctness is the natural continuum from the party line. In recent times, we are confronted with an elected group of elites imposing their views on ordinary citizens. This is a heritage of communism but we claim to be in a democracy. They detest media reportage that paints them in a bad light and chases individuals and opposition elements with state machinery. In the case of job opportunities and benefits, only those who toe party lines or are reserved in the public political commentary are successful in an otherwise free for all state opportunity. The real patriotic citizens who speak against the ills of government are victimized and ignored breeding a culture of silence and fear among the citizens in Ghana. This is political detention where voices of reason are silenced to the detriment of the state.
Ghanaian politicians have a very low estimate of human nature. In performing their daily duties, they come across persons who want to get something or to avoid something. Beyond this circle of seekers after privileges, individuals, and organized minorities, the politician is aware of a large unorganized, indifferent mass of citizens who ask nothing in particular and rarely complain. This makes the politician think that the art of politics is to satisfy the seekers after favors and to mollify the inchoate mass with noble sentiments and patriotic phrases.
This article is because of the conflict between good and evil in Ghana politics and I believe that in the end, goodwill thrives. There is no use of a paradise in which people are deprived of the right to prefer hell and so also is there no need for a democracy where the citizens are not allowed to voice out their concerns about the government. In a truly democratic state, therefore, the government makes conscious and determined efforts to allow the operation of free media and tolerate and accept divergent views. Political parties and government is presented to us citizens for our introspection as critiques of the human state. If they are to be treated to be anything but trivial exercises of the imagination, there is a simple test we can apply.
We must forget the whole paraphernalia of social description, condemnation, expostulation, and approbation but this is in line with the principles of democracy that we practice in Ghana. The attitude in a democratic state should be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be a taboo to be discussed by only a few elites and No censor must preside at our assemblies. Governments in Ghana seem to be lawbreakers in this regard.
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