A good question to ask here in the US. We NO longer have statesmen we have old farts that want to hang on o their prestige of Congress for as long as possible…..it is NO longer what is right for the country and its people but rather what is right for those paying their political tabs for them. These bloodsuckers will lie, distort and misinform the voter just to remain in their ivory towers and in doing so have crapped all over the ideal that is America.
But how do we know what a REAL statesman looks like? Since we have NO one capable of demanding that title ….,what should we look for?
I advice…..look to ICELAND!
Icelandic president, Olafur Grimsson…….
A combative former leader of a now defunct left-wing party, he became a symbol of resistance after the 2008 collapse of Iceland’s banks by taking the unprecedented step of refusing to sign into law government bills on repayment of money lost in the crash to its larger European neighbors.
In doing so, Grimsson, 69, emboldened a presidential office that had up until then played a mainly ceremonial role and put himself at loggerheads with the centre-left government as well as international creditors.
Grimsson, who, unlike the government, opposes joining the European Union, won 52.8 percent of the vote in Saturday’s election to beat his closest rival, television journalist Thora Arnorsdottir, 37, who won 33.2 percent, the final tally showed on Sunday.
When the North Atlantic nation’s top banks collapsed in the space of a week in 2008, the country adopted a strategy to compensate local savers but not overseas ones, the bulk of which were British and Dutch depositors with so called Icesave online accounts.
These countries later demanded repayment of about $5 billion they spent compensating domestic savers, triggering a fierce international row. Twice, deals with the Icelandic government were agreed only for Grimsson to refuse to sign them, sending the unpopular bills to defeat in public referendums.
By effectively vetoing the agreements he broke well over half a century of political tradition and staked out a claim for a much more active and powerful presidential office, a course he has pledged to continue.
Now that is a statesman! His concern is for the people and the country not what the World Bank wants or the IMF….is it self-serving? Probably, but the people see a man fighting for them and not the international financial giants that are controlling the rest of the world….
Grimsson makes the politicians in the US look like the pathetic tools that they are…..we can only hope that one day there will be a real statesman that will rise in the US………