Saturday September 22, 2012

"A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of his country. The statesman wishes to steer, while the politician is satisfied to drift," according to J. F. Clark.

Currently we have a statesman running against a politician to become the next president of the United States. Arguably George Washington was the greatest statesman of our democracy. He took the office -- not for the money (he was one of richest presidents ever), not for fame (he was already famous) but only for the good of his country. Ronald Reagan, another great statesman who was perhaps the most known person (popular entertainer) to run for president, saw a need to restore the pride and prosperity to an anemic country. A noted statesman and orator, who was known as the "Greatest Briton of All Times," Winston Chur chill, returned to office when asked to lead England during WWII.

"A politician is like quick-silver: if you try to put your finger on him, you find nothing under it," said Austin O’Malley. One of the current candidates is a self-made millionaire, too rich to be bought off, who can afford to own a private jet, can afford to have parties with top-notch entertainers in his home, and go on lavish vacations at his own expense. The other candidate uses a taxpayers’ aircraft for vacations, and throws lavish parties with famous cel ebrities while many Americans are out of work and on food stamps.

One candidate served as a governor of a state (very successfully) without taking any pay. His superb management skills saved the 2002 Winter Olympics from bankruptcy and terrorism, and again this was done without pay. One candidate only became known na tionally after speaking at his party’s convention. His claim to fame as a senator was seldom voting on the floor of the Senate. One candidate speaks about facts and figures and so lutions while the other candidate speaks in broad generalities to appease whatever crowd he is addressing.

A great orator one candidate may be and speaks to masses to gain their sympathy, telling them partial truths, quotes taken out of context, and worst case scenarios. A famous orator once said, "If you wish the sympathy of broad masses then you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things," Adolf Hitler once said.

Can you tell the statesman from the politician?

WALLY BOYER

Cheshire