Politics

Have We All Gone Mad?

So how do we do it? You know, watch and listen to our politicians bicker over some of the most crushingly inane issues forcing important national issues to the back burner. How do we do it? Let them off the hook for been inept and wasting our time and ears by hogging the networks with their silly, petty and childish banter. Over the past few days I have heard some ludicrous speeches and arguments from politicians at ,press conferences, durbars, parliament and the castle which would have seen politicians elsewhere booed, pelted with eggs and in some extreme cases, get shoes thrown at them for their insensitivity.

But what did we do? Come out and take entrenched positions on party lines. Have we all gone insane? I mean become mindlessly numb to the point that we don’t feel the pinch of the incompetence and stupidity any longer? I don’t get it, how we let these people who have proved over time that they care about their egos and pockets more than they do us, get away with it.

Take for instance, that press conference held by the minority in parliament to dignify Kobby Acheampong’s kookase comments. This at a time when the education sector was in crisis- with university and polytechnic lecturers on strike and a chaotic re-opening for Senior High Schools.

Or the shameless demand by Members of Parliament for the editor of Africa Watch magazine to appear before the privileges committee. Apparently he had dishonoured the honourable house by grading the members on their performance as lawmakers for the country based on the opinion of Ghanaians. And whiles they were huffing and puffing in parliament egged on by the Madame herself, large parts of Gonja was flooded and aid was yet to reach the affected people.

Shouldn’t we have called time on the stupidity of the honourables and I use that term loosely. We sent them to parliament to make laws that will enhance our lives, and not to tackle petty issues like who has brought the house into disrepute. Who cares about how they felt by the grading in the Africa Watch magazine.

And shouldn’t we have yelled ‘fix it’ to the President when he offered ‘we inherited a difficult economy’ as an excuse again. Or tell him to stop whinging and moaning about the ‘politics of insult’ as we haven’t started yet.

Why do we coddle them when they have clearly failed us? Haven’t we had enough? Contrary to what they say, this patch of stinky, dirty, pot-holed land isn’t the gateway anywhere. Usually gateways do not have a failed education sector (with lecturers on strike for months) or a collapsing health sector. And have half its population living in poverty and squalor.

People, our situation has gone beyond dire. Those we started the race with have outrun us or are on the way to the finish line. There is no excuse for this life of poverty, chaotic education system, poor housing, lack of security, unemployment and all the things that ail Ghana. Isn’t it time for Ghanaians force these incompetent, self-centred folks to work. Well, I say it is, time to say enough of the crap.

I am sick and tired of watching people wring their hands in despair as if there’s nothing we ‘the ordinary Ghanaian’ can do about the hopelessness of the state of the nation. And it is hopeless, this isn’t as our Oprah would say ‘our best life’ yet or the ‘better Ghana’ we have been promised. And we would not get a ‘better Ghana’ if we don’t hold begin to hold our leaders our accountable. And that means not letting anyone off the hook for idle chatter, reckless spending, incompetence, corruption and sheer stupidity.

I’m not calling for a revolt (well not yet,) but it is time to demand what is due us. We deserve good roads, good schools, a health sector that has the vote of confidence of the President and his men so they will cease taking our money to South Africa and Lord Cromwell. And all it takes is a collective voice which isn’t afraid to speak up, protest against the state of affairs.

I know that my call to demand for accountability for the action and inaction of our leaders maybe unpopular with some, but if it gets us talking, I’m good with that.

So how do we do it? You know, watch and listen to our politicians bicker over some of the most crushingly inane issues forcing important national issues to the back burner.

How do we do it? Let them off the hook for been inept and wasting our time and ears by hogging the networks with their silly, petty and childish banter. Over the past few days I have heard some ludicrous speeches and arguments from politicians at ,press conferences, durbars, parliament and the castle which would have seen politicians elsewhere booed, pelted with eggs and in some extreme cases, get shoes thrown at them for their insensitivity.

But what did we do? Come out and take entrenched positions on party lines. Have we all gone insane? I mean become mindlessly numb to the point that we don’t feel the pinch of the incompetence and stupidity any longer? I don’t get it, how we let these people who have proved over time that they care about their egos and pockets more than they do us, get away with it.

Take for instance, that press conference held by the minority in parliament to dignify Kobby Acheampong’s kookase comments. This at a time when the education sector was in crisis- with university and polytechnic lecturers on strike and a chaotic re-opening for Senior High Schools.

Or the shameless demand by Members of Parliament for the editor of Africa Watch magazine to appear before the privileges committee. Apparently he had dishonoured the honourable house by grading the members on their performance as lawmakers for the country based on the opinion of Ghanaians. And whiles they were huffing and puffing in parliament egged on by the Madame herself, large parts of Gonja was flooded and aid was yet to reach the affected people.

Shouldn’t we have called time on the stupidity of the honourables and I use that term loosely. We sent them to parliament to make laws that will enhance our lives, and not to tackle petty issues like who has brought the house into disrepute. Who cares about how they felt by the grading in the Africa Watch magazine.
And shouldn’t we have yelled ‘fix it’ to the President when he offered ‘we inherited a difficult economy’ as an excuse again. Or tell him to stop whinging and moaning about the ‘politics of insult’ as we haven’t started yet.

Why do we coddle them when they have clearly failed us? Haven’t we had enough? Contrary to what they say, this patch of stinky, dirty, pot-holed land isn’t the gateway anywhere. Usually gateways do not have a failed education sector (with lecturers on strike for months) or a collapsing health sector. And have half its population living in poverty and squalor.

People, our situation has gone beyond dire. Those we started the race with have outrun us or are on the way to the finish line. There is no excuse for this life of poverty, chaotic education system, poor housing, lack of security, unemployment and all the things that ail Ghana. Isn’t it time for Ghanaians force these incompetent, self-centred folks to work. Well, I say it is, time to say enough of the crap.

I am sick and tired of watching people wring their hands in despair as if there’s nothing we ‘the ordinary Ghanaian’ can do about the hopelessness of the state of the nation. And it is hopeless, this isn’t as our Oprah would say ‘our best life’ yet or the ‘better Ghana’ we have been promised. And we would not get a ‘better Ghana’ if we don’t hold begin to hold our leaders our accountable. And that means not letting anyone off the hook for idle chatter, reckless spending, incompetence, corruption and sheer stupidity.

I’m not calling for a revolt (well not yet,) but it is time to demand what is due us. We deserve good roads, good schools, a health sector that has the vote of confidence of the President and his men so they will cease taking our money to South Africa and Lord Cromwell. And all it takes is a collective voice which isn’t afraid to speak up, protest against the state of affairs.

I know that my call to demand for accountability for the action and inaction of our leaders maybe unpopular with some, but if it gets us talking, I’m good with that.

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