2017 STATE OF NATION ADDRESS, THE PRICE OF A GULLIBLE POLITICAL CULTURE.

STATE OF NATION ADDRESS, THE PRIZE OF A GULLIBLE POLITICAL CULTURE.

Denis Andaban Folderđź“‹

His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo Addo presented his maiden state of Nation Address yesterday,  21nd February 2017. Many Ghanaians reacted to the address with mixed feelings. In my view, the address was full of politics.

Since after the presentation of the state of Nation Address by Nana Akufo Addo, one thing remain consistent in my mind, in my quest to understand holistically, the dynamics of Ghanaian political culture.

 More questions keep coming up inside me but all my answers narrow done to one thing which I will want to emphatically express in this short and straight forward article .

It is simply the gullibility of the Ghanaian electorate.  It is very clear that the Ghanaian electorate is prone to psychological manipulation.  One does not need rocket science to understand this "polipsychology".  It all boils done to making use of the emotions of the poor innocent electorate at all cost.

When the NPP said it was going to win elections at all cost,  we limited our understanding to only violence but now I infer that the "all cost" was far a psychological strategy.  A strategy that bordered on constant needless attacks on individuals and institutions.  A strategy that discredited every single policy in this country.  They did all they could through their syndicated media cabal to malign and throw mud at the NDC governance.

  In my view,  it worked perfectly for them.  That strategy touched the emotions of the citizenry including our own into believing the mere fallacy that the NDC is incompetent. No wonder,  voter apathy which has never been an issue in our party predominated the 2016 elections which booted us out of political power.  That is the whole gullibility concept used in their political psychological strategy.

The gullibility theory which was well understood by the NPP to fit it's unrepentant desperation as it were, swayed all of us into believing, that probably, they were engaging in a sort of political comedy especially in the face of national discourse.

 It was that gullibility theory Bawumia used effectively and engaged in shameless fabrications and jaundice economic analysis to the dismay of those who know his economics prowess in global economics.  It was funny though. Through his consistent inconsistencies,  many electorates gambled his card to the npp favor.

Again,  consider the key promises of the NPP and you will better understand this gullibility theory.  The Utopian, untenable and unfeasible promises they were spewing out almost on daily basis, seemed ridiculous to the intellectual fraternity but believe me the gullibility theory was the secret. They compromised their intellectual abilities and adopted pure mass deception to execute the gullibility theory to their advantage and truly it worked.

 Come to think of this one dam, one village policy,  come to think of one million dollars for each constituency and make a comprehensive cause and effect analysis with our economy and you will understand that these policies are useless and unrealistic.

The maiden State of Nation address has only vindicated me.  After they have won power,  they need to gradually  massage the minds of the citizenry but this plan seems too obvious to even the street politician.

That strategy is not well thought because it exposes the hypocrisy and double standard of the NPP.  You cannot talk about national debt without talking about the size of the economy,  the macro and micro economy,  areas Bawumia had always used to his advantage.  Can anybody tell me why Nana never made mention of inflation rate,  interest rates, major investment in all sectors of the economy?  Any attempt to have discussed those areas would have exposed him big time.

A real state of nation address cannot border on clear selective myopia,  mere projections without fundamentals. A state of nation address cannot be a campaign platform for a rehash of utopian political promises. No! it is a serious platform. Needless blame games, opportunist pronouncements and display of lame economic appreciations.  That is only a reward of a gullible political culture.

I am over gratified,  having heard the NDC readiness to present the true state of nation address. I have this strong conviction that Ghanaians will listen to the minority because they can clearly see the successes chalked by the NDC government which any true state of nation address would have captured. In fact,  the 2017 State of Nation Address presented by Nana AKUFFO ADDO is the most uninspiring address in the history of our nation.

 The records must be set.  The NPP thinks it is being smart but the gullibility theory cannot be executed whiles they remain in power.  In the coming days, all their hypocrisy and lies will be exposed. Coming events cast their shadows.

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Author: Denis Andaban

Denis Andaban is a young writer and practising journalist. He is also a young teacher who has an unrepentant passion for writing. He has written feature articles ranging from politics, social issues, academic and relationship. He also writes news for many online media portals. Currently, He is reading B A English Language Education at the University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi. Denis Andaban is a native of Fian in the Upper West Region

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