Post Turtles

Politicians as role models

Doctor strikes a political conversation with his patient


While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old farmer, whose hand was caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the Doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to politicians and their role as our leaders.

The old rancher said, “Well, you know, most politicians are ‘Post Turtles.’ ”

Not being familiar with the term, the Doctor asked him, what a ‘post turtle’ was.

The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle.”

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the Doctor’s face so he continued to explain.

“You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, he’s elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb arse put him up there to begin with.”

Best explanation I’ve heard yet.


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Politics makes strange red-fellows. - Will Rogers

The post of honour is a private station. - Joseph Addison

Every country has the government it deserves. - Joseph de Maistre

Political correctness is tyranny with manners. - Charlton Heston

The past is a guide post, not a hitching post. - L. Thomas Holdcroft

From politics, it was an easy step to silence. - Jane Austen

No leader can be too far ahead of his followers. - Eleanor Roosevelt

I never saw anything funnier than Texas politics. - Molly Ivins

Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell. - Bill Copeland

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects. - Charles de Gaulle

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. - Herbert Hoover

You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook. - Harry S Truman

We have the best government in the world... that money can buy. - Mark Twain

I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together. - Gerald R. Ford

I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat. - Will Rogers

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. - Tex Guinan

Elected leaders who forget how they got there won't the next time. - Malcolm Forbes

A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot. - William Randolph

Government of the people, by the people, and for the pursuit of happiness. - Archie Bunker

Government can't give us anything without depriving us of something else. - Henry Hazlitt

Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help. - Alex Haley

I do have a political agenda. It's to have as few regulations as possible. - Dan Quayle

No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power. - Jacob Bronowski

A filmmaker we almost lost to politics... my friend and colleague, Warren Beatty. - Jack Nicholson

A good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. - H L Mencken

Leaders are people who do the right things; managers are people who do things right. - Warren G. Bennis

Politicians who complain about the media are like sailors who complain about the sea. - Enoch Powell

The trust of the people in the leaders reflects the confidence of the leaders in the people. - Paulo Freire

I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling. - Steve Irwin

What is the first part of politics? Education. The second? Education. And the third? Education. - Jules Michelet

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams

Politics, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. - Richard Armour

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. - John Quinton

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner. - H L Mencken

Politics is the only business where doing nothing other than making the other guy look bad is an acceptable outcome. - Mark Warner

I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other. - Napoleon Bonaparte

The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give it to them. - Dwight D Eisenhower

A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but someone who carries water for his people, so that they can get on with their jobs. - Robert Townsend

Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it. - John C Maxwell

Our ancestors believed in magic, prayers, trickery, browbeating and bullying. I think it would be fair to sum that up as 'Irish politics'. - Flann O'Brien


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