What are Politicians and Their Promises?



What are Politicians and Their Promises?


“A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service” [Georges Pompidou]


As we enter into the campaign season for the 2020 Presidential Election the stakes could not be higher, or the boundaries further apart than they have become with a veritable fruit salad bowl of left-leaning Democrats opposing the incumbent Republican President Donald J. Trump.


The display being presented by the Democrats is reminiscent of the “show” they put on during the 2017 Brent Kavanaugh hearings for SCOTUS only this time every candidate is feeling their oats and acting as if they all downed their political spinach.


To help understand the process one must define the rules for the players or at least define the term “politician”.


Definition of politician

1: a person experienced in the art or science of government especially: one actively engaged in conducting the business of a government

2a: a person engaged in party politics as a profession

2b: often disparaging: a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons




  1. One who is actively involved or skilled in politics, especially one who holds a political office.
  2. One who deceives or outmaneuvers others for personal gain: distrusted him as the office politician.


American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.




  1. a person who is active in politics, esp. as a career.
  2. a seeker or holder of public office.
  3. a person who uses public office to advance personal or partisan interests.
  4. a person who is skilled in politics.


syn: politician, statesman refer to one skilled in politics.

politician is more often derogatory, and statesman laudatory.

Politician suggests the schemes of a person who engages in politics for party ends or personal advantage: a dishonest politician.

Statesman suggests the eminent ability, foresight, and patriotic devotion of a person dealing with important affairs of state: a distinguished statesman.

Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.



1. politician – a leader engaged in civil administration

leader – a person who rules or guides or inspires others

governor – the head of a state government

legislator – someone who makes or enacts laws

city manager, mayor – the head of a city government

2. politician – a person active in party politics

pol, political leader, politico

leader – a person who rules or guides or inspires others

campaigner, candidate, nominee – a politician who is running for public office

Communist – a member of the communist party

demagog, demagogue, rabble-rouser – a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices

Democrat – a member of the Democratic Party

Federalist – a member of a former political party in the United States that favored a strong centralized federal government

machine politician, political hack, ward-heeler, hack – a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends

noncandidate – someone who has announced they are not a candidate; especially a politician who has announced that he or she is not a candidate for some political office

party boss, political boss, boss – a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments; “party bosses have a reputation for corruption”

party liner, party man – a member of a political party who follows strictly the party line

Republican – a member of the Republican Party

socialist – a political advocate of socialism

standard-bearer – an outstanding leader of a political movement

national leader, solon, statesman – a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs

3. politician – a schemer who tries to gain advantage in an organization in sly or underhanded ways

plotter, schemer – a planner who draws up a personal scheme of action

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc. https://www.thefreedictionary.com/politician



noun statesman or stateswoman, representative, senator (U.S.), congressman (U.S.), legislator, public servant, congresswoman (U.S.), politico (informal, chiefly U.S.), lawmaker, office bearer,  elected offical




“A statesman is a politician who has been dead ten or fifteen years” [Harry S. Truman]
“A politician is an animal that can sit on a fence and keep both ears to the ground” [H.L. Mencken]
“Since a politician never believes what he says, he is always astonished when others do” [Charles de Gaulle]
“Well, in politics, I’m a complete neutral; I think they’re all scoundrels without exception” [H.L. Mencken]
“a politician is an arse upon which everyone has sat except a man” [e e cummings 1 X 1 (no. 10)]
“A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service” [Georges Pompidou]
“The politician who never made a mistake never made a decision” [John Major]

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002




(ˈpolitiks) noun singular or plural

the science or business of, or ideas about, or affairs concerning, government.


poˈlitical adjective

of, or concerning, politics. for political reasons; political studies.


poˌlitically corˈrect adjective

(also PC) (of language or behaviour) that does not offend particular groups of people. It is politically correct to use `he or she’, and not just `he’, when you mean a man or a woman.


ˌpoliˈtician (-ˈtiʃən) noun

a person whose job is politics.


political asylum

protection given by a government to a foreigner who has left his own country for political reasons.


political prisoner

a person who has been imprisoned for political reasons and not for any crime.


political ˈscience noun

a field of study dealing with politics, government and other political institutions.

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.



As you can see from the above definitions and quotations there are politicians and there are statesmen with some very distinctive differences in their meaning. It wouldn’t surprise me if future dictionaries include a Trump-style political category.


political trump

delivers on political promises, results oriented, what you see is what you get, transparency in government


The rhetoric of the political left makes one wonder if the only requirements to run for the highest office of the land is that one promises everything under the sun, the moon and the stars no matter how outlandish and unsustainable it may be and have a burning hatred for President Trump?


Lawyers undergo extensive training on the Rule of Law as defined by the United States Constitution. There are classes on various types of court rulings and case law which have established precedence and stand until overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. A student who completes the courses of study and obtains a degree must become certified by a state bar examination before they can hang up their shingle and begin practicing law.


The Bill of Rights (Amendments I – X)

I – Congress make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting its free exercise. Protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly and the right to petition Government for redress of grievances

II – Citizens the right to bear arms

III – Prohibits government from quartering troops in private homes

IV – Protects citizens from unreasonable search and seizure. Government must have a warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause

V – Citizens not subject to criminal prosecution and punishment without due process; not tried twice (double jeopardy); protected from self-incrimination (right to remain silent); establishes eminent domain ensures private property not seized for public use without just compensation

VI – Right to speedy trial by a jury of one’s peers; be informed of the crimes charged with; confront witnesses; provides the accused right to compel testimony from witnesses; and to legal representation

VII – Provides civil cases tried by jury

VIII – Prohibits excessive bail, excessive fines, and cruel and unusual punishments

IX – States the list of rights enumerated in the Constitution is not exhaustive; the people retain all rights not enumerated

X – Assigns all powers not delegated to the United States or prohibited to the states, to either the states or to the people


Sadly there is no requirement for politicians before they can be elected into political office. There are classes on political science which tend to add fuel to the fire instead of how to regulate a political firestorm. A number of students receive their degree in political science and go off seeking an internship with a local political figure as their advanced trainer. Those who are successful may find themselves chosen to replace their trainer and thus begins their lifetime in politics with the prize of the White House as their goal.


Regardless of political office held the true test of a politician should be their political accomplishments. Have they honored their constituents by legislating fairly? Have they sought for the safety of their citizens? Or have they simply courted the voters and failed to follow through on their campaign promises?


Look at the political lineup for 2020 and what do you see? What appeals to your senses? What is important to you personally? Do you want to live in safety or in fear; does your family’s security determine your priorities; freedom to Worship; to hold a job of your choice; to own a home; to buy a car; to own a firearm; to own a business; or to pay your fair share of taxes? On the other hand you may be enticed with free stuff? Understand that free doesn’t mean free, not even freedom is free. The Bill of Rights does not entitle one to free food, housing, education, medical, jobs, $15 hour jobs; phones; needles; booze; drugs; or $$.


Listen carefully to what these politicians are actually saying. Many of them are going so far as to promising (if elected) to allow illegal aliens and terrorists into our country and into our polling places. Some have gone so far as to regulate how one is to think (must be Democrat); what to eat, drink, wear, where to live, how to act and every manner and ill-conceived notion be allowed, to include clinical assisted murder (abortion) and elder elimination – all for the almighty vote!


Understanding the rights of citizens as defined in the Constitution is the first step toward living the American Dream without being unduly influenced by fake news outlets or unscrupulous politicians. Living within (under the law) is necessary when becoming a contributing member of our society.


Equally important is that non-citizens do not have any rights under the Constitution. Persons entering the United States are not exempt because they are ignorant of our laws, but must remain in compliance in order to live and/or work here. Treating everyone with respect is not a right under the Constitution, but a commandment from Almighty God. – I am the Real Truckmaster!





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