The World Wildlife Fund recently placed the Leather Back Turtle, the Javan Rhino and the Western Lowland Gorilla on their critically endangered list. I'd like to add another to this list: The Conviction Politician.
So what is a conviction politician? It's very likely that most people have never seen one since they're so scarce these days. A conviction politician is someone who bases their politics on a set of deeply held beliefs and ideas, rather than on a cluster of policies that would most likely win them popular votes.
These types of politicians are true leaders and are often very reluctant to compromise if it results in serious transgressions of certain basic principles.
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