Monday, April 5, 2010

Definition of a Politician

Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1649) is known for his definition of a diplomat: “An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his own country.”

Rabushka’s definition of a politician: “A politician is an honest, or dishonest, person who is paid to lie to his (or her) own country.”

Nowhere is this more clear than newspaper reports of September 18-19, 2006, of a leaked tape that contained blunt remarks of Hungary’s prime minister, Ferenc Gyurcsany, speaking to a meeting of his Socialist Members of Parliament a few weeks after they won the election:

A melange of comments from the tape regarding his party’s statements on Hungary’s economy:

“Our party lied to the public....Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years. It was totally clear that what we are saying is not true....We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening....the lies were those politicians told citizens, who now believed they could have happiness as a gift....We have to stop the deluge of lies which have covered the country for many years.”

Perhaps Ferenc Gyurcsany is the most honest politician in the world?!

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