Politicians vs. Statesmen

I’ve always maintaned there is a huge difference between politicians and statesmen. When I went to lookup the two words on Dictionary.com, I found these definitions:

pol·i·ti·cian [pol-i-tish-uhn]

  1. a person who is active in party politics.
  2. a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.

Barack Obama is the very definition of a politician, he’s willing to go wherever the political winds blow him. He’s only concerned about getting re-elected. (I was a little surprised at definition #2 above because that’s the way I’ve always viewed politicians, but I didn’t think it was part of the dictionary definition.)

states·man [steyts-muhn]
–noun, plural -men.

  1. a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs.
  2. a person who exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.

Right now in the United States we need statesmen, not politicians. With huge budget deficits and rising unemployment we need great leaders to step forward.

Some great leaders have stepped forward. When I think of statesmen, I think of men like Scott Walker and Chris Christie. Both of these men are willing to stand by their principles and balance their state budgets, even in the face of strong opposition.

History will show that Obama is just a politician. Years from now, we will look back and realize Walker and Christie are great statesmen.

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