Imagine yourself in a queue waiting to be served some wheat or porridge barefoot in a refugee camp being supervised by UN soldiers in a fence like rabbits. It’s not something pleasant at all. Before you decide to go to the extreme for any politician, remember that none of their kids are even around to vote for them.
Even if they are around, they have passports and visas and can jump into the next available flight out. Meanwhile, you’re armed to the teeth, ready to go gaga, when you don’t even know how a passport looks like. Most of their kids are attending big schools outside Ghana or living a bourgeoisie lifestyle elsewhere.
In real life, these politicians are friends and even communicate behind the scenes. So don’t be fooled into thinking someone is an enemy because of his or her political views. Don’t let these politicians use your life as a means to attain their ends.
We don’t need to kill one another just to see someone in power. Someone you may never meet till thy kingdom come. Ambrose Bierce’s understanding of politics makes anyone who dies for a politician, a stupid person. Politics, in his view, is the strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles; the conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
You may die and the politician you’re fighting for may not even be aware – that is the painful truth. Politics isn’t ugly but the players are making it so. Politics is a battle of ideas and a contest to identify the finest brains to lead the affairs of the majority. But because we have turned its end into personal gains, it has become a deadly game for want of a better word the unconscionable.
The status quo must change. And the change is in the hands of the youth who thinks the ultimate ladder to fame, success and fulfillment lie in their party’s ability to win and maintain power. The get-rich-quick attitude of the youth has robbed them of their manners and common sense and even education. They can do everything humanly possible to placate the whims and caprices and even the iniquities of their paymasters or godfathers. Change, we must, for God, country, and peace.
No matter what happens on 7th December, know that there is only ONE GHANA. Remember that is the will of the people and the people’s will is the will of God. And subversion of God’s will can only provoke pandemonium and cataclysm. And in times of unrest, no one becomes a victor because no one has the majority everywhere.
Get your Voter’s ID ready and vote tomorrow because it’s your civic responsibility. Whether you’re employed or not, you pay taxes. So, you’ve to seize the moral right to decide how your taxes are managed in the next four years. Remember, the fact that you don’t have an interest in politics doesn’t mean that politics has no interest in you.
May the best man for Ghana and her people win. May we have a peaceful election. May God bless our homeland Ghana.