If I owned a newspaper, in the style guide I would ban the term "public service" as a synonym for political career, and I would ban the words "public servant" when describing a politician.
Though I have a number of people I pay for services, I consider each of these too honorable a relationship to say these folks are my "servants." But if I did have servants, I absolutely guarantee that:
- They wouldn't take 40% of my pay
- They wouldn't micro-manage the smallest decisions in my life, and
- They wouldn't demand that my kids pledge allegiance to them every morning at school.