Sunday, May 27, 2007

Question Of The Week, 5/27/07

Good Morning. I hope you are having a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend. I was chatting (On-line) with my Daughter that now lives in Spencer, Iowa yesterday. She hasn't decided who to vote for in the 2008 Presidential election yet, so she went over to Algona, Iowa to hear Hillary Clinton speak. She is not supporting Hillary, she is just candidate shopping. She said Hillary really didn't have much to say. She was surprised to see how lax security was. She (my Daughter) was carrying a purse and was not searched when she went up to get her photo taken with Hillary (She got a free pizza out of the deal). I did notice she was wearing a Hillary for president shirt in the photo. I wonder if that was a requirement for getting the photo taken? That's not the Question Of The Week, it's just a thought.

According to Merriam-Webster Online the definition of a Politician is:


Main Entry: pol·i·ti·cian
Pronunciation: "pä-l&-'ti-sh&n
Function: noun
1 : a person experienced in the art or science of government; especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government
2 a : a person engaged in party politics as a profession b : a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons.

The definition of Statesman is:

Main Entry: states·man
Pronunciation: 'stAts-m&n
Function: noun
1 : one versed in the principles or art of government; especially : one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government or in shaping its policies
2 : one who exercises political leadership wisely and without narrow partisanship.

Using those definitions this weeks Question Of The Week is. What would you call each of these Democratic and Republican candidates, a politician, or a statesman?

I'll post my answers in the Comment Section Monday night.

Thanks go to:
Merriam Webster Online
Open Secrets

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

5 Comments:

Blogger Elizabeth said...

Unfortunately I don't see a statesman in the bunch.

But are the politicians really to blame or is it us? Do they just mouth propaganda and vote for bad bills because that's what the people want? Would the average American be able to recognize/appreciate a statesman if he/she saw one?

11:34 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

I can't say that any are statemen, though the way Giuliani led in NYC comes close.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

I'd say Richardson is the closest to a statesman in the bunch, but he still falls short.

I'm afraid true statesmen are a rare breed these days.

btw, sorry for missing a few weeks. I'm back in school and very busy.

5:08 AM  
Blogger Poniolo said...

I consider Ron Paul to be a statesman - Principal being the operative word; principal being the Constitution for the United States of America.

11:17 AM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Yes, I'am late again. We had a power outage. After the power came back my computer went into an automic scan. I want to thank you for stopping by to answer this weeks question, "What would you call each of these Democratic and Republican candidates, a politician, or a statesman?" Praguetwin is right when he say's, "I'm afraid true statesmen are a rare breed these days." I feel that Representative Ron Paul is one of the few, a Statesman. He seems to give some thought to what the United States Constitution says about the issue before voting on the bills that come to the House.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

11:44 PM  

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