In politics and geopolitics, political scientists often research political ideas, analyze them and present their findings.
Indeed, the record of the study of politics has been very good, with long-term impacts of political science in areas such as the study of elections, the reform of electoral systems, party funding, decentralisation, devolution, constitutional reform, public management reform, and so forth and so on.
It is also an established fact that, dozens of political scientists are limited by their reliance on existing data sets, which is why I find the rantings of Prof Ransford Gyampo and Kobby Mensah relating to Alan Kyeremanten’s decision to step down from the NPP race as very disingenuous.
These two political science lecturers along with a lack of clarity on basic questions and lack of commitment to scientific method have been at it for a while now, churning out misleading propaganda and dishing out half-baked political and dystopian views that Alan Kyeremanten is breaking away from the NPP.
Ernest Kofi Owusu Bempah-Bonsu
Why are they making the claim that Alan Kyeremanten’s decision to step down from the presidential race has anything to do with him going independent?
In my view these two ideologues epitomises the terrible errors that political scientists commonly make about politics. Gyampo and Kobby Mensah demonstrate on a boringly repetitive and regular basis that they are generally ignorant of and have no interest in politcal science in its true sense, except insofar as it is a useful tool with which to bamboozle and frighten their audience.
And while their misdiagnosis of the Alan Kyeremanten’s decision remains a matter of concern, they keep ignoring the fact that political scientists need to examine their failings too.
Shouldn’t there be more to political science than running regression analysis on other people’s datasets ?
Consider the case of Dr Kwabena Duffuor when he stepped out of the NDC nomination race, did we hear the same ugly noises from these two talking heads who pretend they’re experts in political science?
Why didn’t they engage in this same public discorse hooliganism that they are engaging in when Duffuor quit the NDC race?
The selective amnesia, blindness, prejudice and shallow thinking that infects some of these so-called experts is a terrible problem and should be getting treatment like a physiological illness. These so-called academics need a second enlightenment.
Is there, for example, a more deluded and scientifically illiterate political science lecturers than Ransford Gyampo and Kobby Mensah?
I mean, what makes them experts in political science to begin with?
Let’s be clear here that being a university lecturer in political science doesn’t make the Ransford Gyampos and Kobby Mensahs of this world an expert in politics.
In the world of Ransford Gyampo and Kobby Mensah, propaganda always take precedence over the facts. It may have always been thus, but it is still intolerably disgraceful and deceitful.
Their tendency to create controversy, the only purpose of which is to mislead in order to sell their influence, would be regarded as criminal in any other sphere of commerce.
It’s perfectly legitimate to condemn their ramblings as partial, partisan and ignorant.
They give the impression that one can just make up data, as if it were a religion or another superstition.
Over the years, the likes of Ransford Gyampo has failed to develop precision of thought and economy of expression, which means they mostly meander around with jaundiced and disjointed reasoning. These guys are no political scientists but a self opinionated dogmatists with dystopian views.
Their half-baked political views and ideological stances are everything that is wrong with politics. They are mercenaries by any politcal metric, and the worst form of socio-political commentators.
As a matter of fact, Gyampo and Kobby Mensah takes their faith in political science into the realms of totalitarian paranoia.
The facts and evidence are not so just because an authority says so, and even less because some self-important, woolly minded lecturer with a humanities and political science degree says so.
I find it really hard to take seriously any commentator who bandies around mere words and conspiratorial whispers.
It wasn’t for nothing that Aristotle is called the father of political science. He loves to elaborates on the topics and thinking of the political economy.
Wouldn’t it be nice to think these so-called academics gave a moment’s thought to the conventional wisdom?
As a political scientist, you’re oftentimes expected to be the expert and to speak with authority. And your responsibility is to tell the truth backed by data and analytics, and that means providing the public with all the facts you discover.
Can we say the same of Ransford Gyampo and Kobby Mensah?
When we were young, we used to listen to the wisdom of Prof Bafour Agyemang Duah, Prof Gyimah-Boadi, Prof Mike Oquaye and the likes, These are real political scientists.
And now, looking at the likes of Ransford Gyampo and Kobby Mensah in the gutters, I wonder if there’s ever going to be a saving grace.
It’s even a dismal state of affairs when you consider the fact that these two individuals with staggeringly overt flaws are lecturers in an institution of higher learning.
Well, the truth is Alan Kyeremanten’s decision has nothing to do with him breaking away from the NPP. Alan is a bona-fide party member whose loyalty to the NPP remains infliching.
As for the Gyampos and Kobby Mensahs of our world, it would serve them better to disengage from sheepishly throwing their professional credibility and intelligence away for the proverbial swines to trample upon, than to continue threading on that slippery road.
Ernest Kofi Owusu-Bempah Bonsu
Deputy Director of Communications, NPP