How to tell?
In light of the recent presidential debates I found myself recognizing a clearer distinction between a Statesman and a Politician. I used the pronoun “he” instead of “he/she” for continuity only. A “she” can most definitely apply to either. Here are some of those distinctions:
A Statesman talks of concrete ideas. He addresses and reminds us of history, human nature and personal responsibility.
A Politician talks of abstract ideas. He uses hypotheticals to make his point and uses his solutions as the only answer.
A Statesman reminds us of individual responsibility.
A Politician wants the power to force individuals to be responsible.
A Statesman is accountable to his conscience, reason and God.
A Politician is accountable to campaign contributors.
A Statesman says the same thing over and over with no regard for public opinion.
A Politician caters their response to their perception of the listener.
A Statesman will name the principle and historical examples.
A Politician will site easily manipulated statistics.
A Statesman’s record will match the principle and the philosophy.
A Politician’s record will match past public opinion.
A Statesman values integrity, knowledge and courage.
A Politician values charisma, intelligence and resolve.
A Statesman will admit when they were wrong.
A Politician will put the blame elsewhere.
A Statesman declares his cause viz. liberty, capitalism, peace.
A Politician labels his cause hope or change.
A Statesman can duplicate himself by teaching.
A Politician believes he cannot be duplicated.