The United States Congress has very few statesmen. Ted Cruz comes to mind as does Jim Jordan. I can think of none in the Marxist/Progressive Party (Democrats) and none that represent the Republican establishment. These two groups are comprised of politicians. Our founders were statesmen and often stated that in order to remain a free and independent nation, the American people would have to elect statesmen and not politicians. We, the American people must recognize the differences between statesmen and politicians and elect only the former. These are the definitions and characteristics.
A politician is a person who is professionally involved in politics, especially as a holder of or a candidate for an elected office. The politician is a person who acts in a manipulative and devious way, typically to gain advancement within an organization. They are someone who is active in party politics and primarily concerned with party politics. A politician is a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.
A statesman is a person who is experienced in the art of government or versed in the administration of government affairs. The statesman exhibits great wisdom and ability in directing the affairs of a government or in dealing with important public issues.
A politician and a statesman are not the same thing. A statesman is the free leader of a free people and they must possess four critical qualities: a bedrock of principles, a moral compass, a vision, and the ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision.
Our typical person in congress today has no principles, no moral compass, no vision, and no ability to build a consensus among their peers or among the public. In congress today, votes are taken for political purposes and not for the good of the country. Legislation is now done in huge bills encompassing topics that have no relevance one to the other such as a budget bill that will encompass policy on immigration, gun control that violates the constitution, health care, and many more unrelated topics. This is the bill that a politician would support. The politician can then manipulate the public, so they can remain in office and accumulate more power and wealth.
A statesman will oppose doing the business of congress in this manner. The statesman would support debating each of these issues and then voting on them separately, so the public could not only better understand, but also know the position of the individual. The politician wants to be able to deceive the public with as little transparency as possible, and the statesman desires total transparency. We have a congress of politicians. Freedom can only endure when statesmen are elected.