Where are the Statesmen?

by Candace Salima, US Daily Review Senior Contributor

Candidates, do you have what it takes to be called a “statesman”? For statesmen are what America needs. We have no need of more panderers, slanderers, and philanderers, but of wise, skilled political leaders. Are you ready to answer the call?

In the political landscape of today we have a dearth of statesmen in Washington, D.C. and the state legislatures. We are most certainly missing statesmen in the White House and most of the governor’s mansions across America. A statesman, as defined above, is someone whose true north shines brightly, who uses the U.S. Constitution as his governmental guide and God as his moral and religious guide. We can find them throughout history, for we had an abundance of them at Independence Hall in 1776: George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Patrick Henry, and moving forward in history: Calvin Coolidge, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, and to modern times: Senator Mike Lee, Senator Ted Cruz, and Lt. Colonel Allen West (Ret.).

But America, we do have statesmen among us. We see them at school plays, at the ballpark, at the grocery store, at church, at political gatherings, running businesses and corporations, even leading out among the grassroots. America produces statesmen like crazy, but we tend to overlook them because the media is determined that we never find them. It is time to find them though, America is desperately in need of this type of leadership.

The American people have lost their sense of responsibility to the Republic, for with great power comes great responsibility. But the way the Founding Fathers framed our nation was like this: From God sprang We the People, and from us came the U.S. Government divided into the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches, and with that came the United States of America. If one part of the tree dies, the whole tree of liberty dies. It requires each of us to accept our responsibility as American citizens, roll up our sleeves and work to get America back on track to a strong, prosperous nation. This can only happen with the combined efforts of We the People and Statesmen chosen from among us.

Statesmen emerge from all across the world, nor is it restricted to men. Yeah Samake comes to mind, as does Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher. We see them rise to the top from wherever they are living, and we must seek them out. We have been given a charge to seek out good, honest, wise men to lead our nation. So here are a series of question to ask yourself when looking for a statesmen:

  • Is he/she Conservative?
  • What is his/her view of the U.S. Constitution?
  • What is his/her view of bloated government verses a mean, lean government?
  • What is his/her view on the sovereignty of the United States of America?
  • What is his/her view on government spending?
  • Is he/she a Christian?
  • What is his/her view on the family unit, including traditional marriage v. same sex marriage?
  • Does he/she have a true north that they hold to?
  • Is he/she unimpeachable and able to withstand the corruption of Washington, D.C.?
  • How does he/she feel about America?
  • What does he/she think about the American people?
  • Where does he/she stand on the constitutional rights of the American people?

I’m certain there are many more questions out there, but this will get you started in whittling down the field of candidates for 2014. Two hundred statesmen, such as mentioned by StatesmenPAC, really will transform Congress and America. Begin your search for the statesman to represent you, and make sure they get elected in 2014.

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Candace Salima is an author, columnist, and public speaker. She makes her home in the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about her at www.CandaceSalima.com. Follow her on TwitterPinterestLinkedIn or Facebook.

  • william

    This is an article I wrote on May 11, 2011.

    We have heard throughout our lives of the three branches of government; namely the Legislative, Executive, and the Judicial. This excepts Senator Schumer of New York who recently left out the Judicial branch.

    But alas, I ought not fain ridicule upon the senator because herein I am going to propose that there are in fact fully six branches of governance under the Constitution of the United States of America.

    Two are so obvious they are not even articulated with powers in the Constitution. Yet, They were intended to possess the greater share of power.

    The Constitution articulates a legislative role of the federal government. I will deviate here for a short bit at the risk of irritating my Conservative Constitutionalist friends (following my comments that distinction as friend may quickly evaporate).

    It is important to recognize that the Constitution did not create a republican government, as often shouted by today’s scholars. Rather the Continental Congress created a federal government. Maybe a better phrase would be that the Con-Con (Continental Congress) continued the federation of states which had been organized under The Article of Confederation. In fact what the Con-Con did was propose an entirely new Constitution to govern the affairs of the federation of state, or better known thereafter as The United States Of America.

    Now, in claiming that distinction between a republic and a federal government there is a spectacularly important point to make (it hopefully will satisfy those who disagree with me about our nation not being a republic). The United States of America was a federation of republican states. “The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government”. (US Constitution, art IV, sec. 4).

    This is important to understand in discussing the legislative role of the federal government.

    The legislative role in the federal government is divided into two representations. First, are the representative of the states based upon the strength of their population. These representatives of the states were to ensure the states of larger populations were protected from the will and fancy of states with smaller populations. Hence it was natural that the people would select the representative of their states, in the House of Representatives.

    The second legislative role was delegated to the Senate. The smaller states fearing the mastery of national force under the control of a few large states insisted in the Con-Con that they have equal strength within the federation. The Senate provided that equity as a counter balance to the House of Representatives.

    It was intended that the first role of the federal government, legislation, would be fair and balanced (long before Fox News) through the essential nature of the two distinct branches of the government being required to agree upon any legislation effecting the states. Keep in mind that the legislation was with respect to the states, not the people. The People were the ultimate control of power within the thirteen sovereign republican states.

    The subsequent articulated role of the federal government was the Executive. The Chief Executive’s role is to administer the affairs of the nation. With full command of the federal government (s)he would be presumed to have a great understanding of the status of the nation. In this capacity the role is to report such status to the Congress (legislature). Further, in this role of understanding the Chief Executive has the authority to preserve the nation through rejection of ill-advised legislation, i.e. the veto power.

    These three dispassionate “branches” with the duty of preservation of the union and the respective republican states, viewed that responsibility from three distinct viewpoints. These viewpoints were the checks against national government becoming overbearing on the states.

    There is a fourth “Branch” of government articulated in the Constitution. It is the Judicial Branch. This is yet one further safeguard for the states against the federal incursion, or the actions of states with other states to their respective detriment. There is a broader role of the judiciary which shall not be addressed in this post.

    Thus far we have examined the four “branches” of the federal government directly expressed in the Constitution. What we have not addressed is the additional two branches of government. They are, even without their articulation in the Constitution, so explicit they must be recognized as additional branches of our national governance.

    First, are the states themselves. Recalling that the states are in fact individual sovereign republics the federation must be subject to their will. The document which was “to form a more perfect Union” of the states was The Constitution of the United States of America, not simply the Constitution of America. The national, or federal government was not only subject to the will of the states, but was a creature of the states. We have lost that distinction.

    Secondly, the unarticulated branch of government was none other than the people of the states. The people, under an assured republican state government, decided who would govern their respective states and how. As articulated in the Constitution the State government derived their just powers from the consent of the governed. The legislatures of the states were then expected to hold in check the national government. They have failed.

    Now, perhaps the subtle distinctions I have pointed out appear irrelevant. However, in this day and age we have drifted far from those distinctions. It makes all the difference. The states no longer derive their power from the consent of the governed. The federal government no longer derives it powers from the consent of the states.

    There was a “progressive era” around the time of the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. It pushed for a radical change in the perception of government. Rather than people governing themselves within their cities and states, through a republican form of government, they allowed for an aristocracy of bureaucracy to be constructed. Though titles of nobility, expressly forbidden by the Constitution, were avoided the powers of nobility were granted.

    Even though those changes began over one hundred years ago today we feel their impact to our detriment.

  • http://turning-the-tide.net csalima

    That is certainly an interesting theory, William. We likely agree on more points, but you’ve allotted the power in an interesting fashion. I do disagree however, the U.S. Constitution sets up a distinct republic which became the United States of America.

  • http://everyoneisvaluable.blogspot.com Barb

    I agree, Candice….I’ve been concerned about this problem for years. I don’t think our society as a whole is conducive to producing statesman…or they are too far and few between…or they don’t understand the lateness of the hour…or a combination of all the above….and here’s why (As I posted on my blog before the 2012 Presidential Election in America…)

    What The World Needs Now……

    Some of you, if you’re old enough, may remember the song, “What the World Needs Now, Is Love, Sweet Love”,…….
    I have had a theory for quite awhile. I have believed this and watched this theory in operation in the world around me for at least a decade. It still proves itself to be true. I see examples of it everyday, and throughout history!
    It is the theory of value, and the value a MAN imparts to his family, his friends, his community, his nation. Unfortunately, this theory works just as well in the opposite manner when a MAN devalues his family, friends, community, and nation.
    During the Republican National Convention, I heard Mitt Romney put words to this very idea of the value of a man. It was the following……

    “My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO.

    Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren. All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love — this world would be a far more gentle and better place”.


    Woman can also show unconditional love to their families, friends, community, and nation…….but something remarkable and life changing happens when a MAN leads with VALUE, COURAGE, HONOR, and FIGHTS for FREEDOM. A MAN is especially ordained by GOD to CARRY OUT these ideals in everyday life!

    A man who leads with value, which means loving his wife and family UNCONDITIONALLY, will certainly lead America in the same way!…..and it certainly IS what THE WORLD NEEDS NOW!

    Posted 1st October 2012 by V. V. Smith

  • http://n/a joe maloney

    Washington is way off course aa far as the founding fathers envisioned. We have a president who acts on executive orders, Czars, and government departments to do “dirty work”; which is delayed being released to the public because of the upcoming election. Washington hasn’t performed a duty of passing a budget in five years. The Supreme Court has overstepped its constitutional bounds ruling the Affordable Care a Tax, ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act, and vioding a people’s proposition vote against a lower court decision for gay marriage. You mention the importance of love. God is Love. The United States of America’s leaders decisions, and direction have pulled us away from the Creator.
    One last thing, considering all that took place. Does the ‘Pledge of Alligiance’ still have any relivance?

  • http://everyoneisvaluable.blogspot.com Barb

    Yes, I believe we are in the final stages of the complete devaluation of our way of life, liberty, and what the founding fathers indented and envisioned for our country. That is why there is such corruption in our current administration. It has happened a layer, or step, at a time, throughout the decades. That is what I think, anyway. It didn’t just happen overnight….but overall, it HAS happened because… like you said, God is Love….and too many have totally or almost completely abandoned the base of what that is and means for a society to function in freedom and liberty. “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” 2 Corinthians 3, v.17. When a society adheres to or applies God’s love, or absolute truth, to its families and society, it adds value, or builds it up. That is what we once had. When you take that away, or tear it down, or devalue our families and societies by doing the OPPOSITE of what God’s word says, you have the result of what you see has been happening and continues to happen in our country. One of the MANY problems that has resulted…like Candice asked, is where are the Statesmen?! I believe the Pledge of Allegiance is very relevant, however, I don’t think many do. I believe that when we speak it, it still brings value and God’s blessings to the children, school, and country where it is spoken!