By Castro Yancy
When power politics becomes a focus and a question as well; Plato’s master peace on politics is usually considered in essence.
The treatise and book on power politics by legendary Greek philosopher and writer, Plato, was known to have been called the ‘Republic’.
In the Republic, Plato theorized, posited and told us :”how a revolution occurred in Athens, leading to arbitrary rule of the city by a group of some fifty-one men; how he at first thought, despite its tyrannical nature, this new government “would lead the city from an unjust life… to habits of Justice “; how in a short time “these men made the former government look like an age of gold”; and, finally, how they came to execute Plato’s adored teacher and friend, Socrates, on the false ground of having subversive public morality.
The result was that I, who had at first been full of eagerness for public career, as I gazed upon the whirlpool of public life and saw the incessant movement of of shifting currents, at last felt dizzy, and, while I did not cease to consider means of improving this particular situation and indeed of reforming the whole constitution, yet,in regard to action, I kept waiting for favourable moments, and finally saw clearly in regard to all states now existing that without exception their system of government is bad. Their constitutions are almost beyond redemption except through some miraculous plan accompanied by good luck. Hence I was forced to say in praise of the correct philosophy that it affords a vantage-point from which we can discern in all cases what is just for communities and individuals; and that accordingly the human race will not see better days until either the stock of those who rightly and genuinely follow philosophy acquire political authority, or else the class who have political control be led by some dispensation of providence to become real philosophers.”
The theoretical basis propounded by Plato as stated aforementioned simply and eruditely argues that modern democracy being a brainchild of the Greek city-states, representative democracy evolved of the city-states, principalities and constitutional monarchies of Europe.
The caliber of the leadership of the two houses, the lower and upper chambers of the National Legislature matters greatly and significantly.
The House of Representatives as a body clothed with the authority as the body from which all bills or laws should originate, should be headed by shrewd, circumspect, credible and politically effective individuals.
The post of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 54th Legislature ought to be manned and administered by individuals considered first amongst equals.
The Honorable House of Representatives as we have been made to understand, has a vacancy for its Deputy Speaker position.
The vacancy having been created by the election of Hon. Prince K. Moye as Senator of Bong County, the biggest question is who is better nurtured, bred and has the pedigree to assure this coveted position as the Honorable House of Representatives is set to elect its Deputy Speaker to replace the outgoing?
For many outside of legislative circles, it is a bit difficult to outrightly declare an individual fit for the position.
In making such a decision, the credentials of those interested candidates vying for the position become of the utmost importance.
Having followed news of individuals lining up to participate in the pending contest for the Deputy Speaker position, one name that shines like a morning star and a towering legal and political figure is Hon. Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, an American trained lawyer with several years in the practice of law.
Not that he’s only a lawyer, but a seasoned and experienced administrator, political actor and negotiator. Our candidate of essence is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. He also merited an MPA or Master of Public Administration from the North Carolina State University, Cllr, JFK as he is commonly known also bagged a Bachelor’s of Public Administration with honors (Cum Laude) with emphasis in Urban Planning from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Hon. Clr. J. Fonati Koffa has won numerous awards in his fields of study and career devotion, including the Best Oralist Moot Court Award; the United Negro College Fund Meritorious Leadership Award; the Shaw University Distinguished Leadership Award; Valedictorian Supreme Court of Liberia Bar, Class of 2014, etc.
JFK, has also contributed immensely to the academic and literary world. His publications include: Land of My Father. A Pictorial Anthology of Grand Kru County, Liberia. These publications were published by Burd Book Publishing Company, Copyright 2010.
Hon. Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa is a member of several professional organizations to include the American Bar Association; Liberian National Bar Association, ect.
This illustrious statesman is interested in Golf as a sport, politics and history as acts and academic belonging.
JFK as a private person is married to Mrs. Dama Yekeson Koffa and the union is blessed with three (3) children.
The race for the Deputy Speaker position at the 54th Legislature is one that certainly needs the knowledge, pedigree, and experience of Hon. J. Fonati Koffa at this crucial stage of our national existence and development.
Remember, the words of the Greek philosopher Plato roar around the world today. Nations across the globe yarn for their best in terms of intellectualism, experience, character and integrity to lead them. Certainly, Liberia is a civilized nation that should follow the trail of other nations within the comity of civilized nations.
Quite understandably, there is a very lazy argument that the President, the President Pro tempore of the Senate, and the Deputy Speaker cannot hail from the same county or region. To trash and debunk that assertion, We need to be reminded that this is not the first time for the trio to hail from the same region or county in our most recent past.
In the previous government led by Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, it happened and was even most pronounced. Madam Sirleaf is from Bomi County, Hon. Alex Tyler is from Bomi County and Armah Zulu Jallah is from Gbarpolu County. Were they not from the same region?
What is essential here is a duty to country, experience, character, integrity, and above all being circumspect, wise, and sagacious. These are the qualities, Hon. J. Fonati Koffa will certainly bring to the Deputy Speaker position if elected.
The die is cast, JFK is the most competent, tested and result-oriented of all of the contestants. We join well-meaning Liberians in the House of Representatives in the 54th Legislature to overwhelmingly vote JFK on Tuesday, January 12, A. D. 2021.
Compiled and edited by: Castro Yancy.
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