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National Statesman Award

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  I have always thought that there were too many politicians and too few statesmen in government. My idea is to establish an annual award to an elected person in government that has acted in a notably statesman-like fashion, i.e. looking out for the long term benefit to the nation and the world without regard to political expedience. It would have to be juried (perhaps by an international panel) in a manner that was free of all partisan politics.
  It may help people making hard decisions to gain prestige and to stay in office. At least there would be some acknowledgement of their courageous action. - It should have a status of akin to Nobel Peace prize.
John Mertz
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