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I moved the disambiguation page over the article page and archived the talk. There is no content that belongs at politician, the AfD is a flawed close IMHO, as there is no reason we can't have an article on Statesmen or Statesmanship. It is interesting to see how fluffy the usage of the term has become, being used as "an elected official who does their job". Rich Farmbrough, 12:53, 10 March 2012 (UTC).

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A statesman is usually a politician or other notable public figure who has had a long and respected career in politics or government at the national and international level. As a term of respect, it is usually left to be used to supporters or commentators. When politicians retire, they are often referred to as elder statesmen.

Statesmanship also conveys a quality of leadership that organically brings people together and of eldership, a spirit of caring for others and for the whole.[1]

The words statesman or stateswoman are applied loosely to any head of state, any senior political figure, or anyone who in a given moment exhibits a certain quality of statesmanship.

As it relates to American history, "statesman" represents an individual, who after being elected to office, holds firm to their oath to defend and uphold the US Constitution within their duty as an elected official.[citation needed]


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For reference. Rich Farmbrough, 14:20, 11 March 2012 (UTC).


The previous version of this article, which was kept at AfD (with suggestion to merge) and then deleted by Rich Farmbrough, has been restored to Talk:Statesman/old, so that anyway who wants to can merge the page as decided at the AfD, with a proper history link. Alternatively, everyone who wants to can move the current Statesman page back to a disambiguation page, and then move Talk:Statesman/old back to Statesman. Fram (talk) 12:50, 14 March 2012 (UTC)