What are the duties of a politician?

I got this question from this quote by President Kennedy

Question: Can a representative of the people also make a decision that goes against the opinion of voters, or should he only have an imperative mandate to record only the changes in public opinion, like a kind of seismograph?

Answer: "Voters chose us because they have confidence in our discernment, when we are in a position that allows us to determine what best serves their interests as a part of national interests. This means that we - according to the situation - we have to lead, instruct and correct the opinions of voters and sometimes not even consider them, exercising the discernment we were elected for. "- Kennedy

So, do you agree with Kennedy? What do you think a politician should be.

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