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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Good government is good politics. - Richard J. Daley

Black Panther leader Elder Cleavage. - Archie Bunker

In politics nothing is contemptible. - Benjamin Disraeli

Under every stone lurks a politician. - Aristophanes

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

A government of law is a government of lawyers. - Saying

Cream always rises to the top... so do good leaders. - John Paul Warren

If men were angels, no government would be necessary. - James Madison

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

A leader is best when people barely know that he exists. - Lao-tzu

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

A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top. - James Reston

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel. - Che Guevara

World War II was the last government program that really worked. - George Will

It's a terrible shame that politics has become show business. - Sydney Pollack

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. - Reinhold Niebuhr

For every action, there is an equal and opposite government program. - Bob Wells

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

The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office. - Will Rogers

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - Bill Gates

My sheer existence is like a political act to a lot of people. It's not to me. - Grimes

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. - Will Rogers

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

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joe-k. - Will Rogers

A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them. - P.J. O'Rourke

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. - Daniel P Moynihan

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

The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. - Theodor Adorno

At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else. - Shirley Chisholm

Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless. - Milton Friedman

Taxpayer - someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. - Ronald Reagan

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

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician's objective. Election and power are. - Cal Thomas

What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those? - Gilbert Highet

Physicians and politicians resemble one another in this respect, that some defend the constitution and others destroy it. - Unknown

It's especially hard if the government is not providing services, or is even conducting ethnic cleansing against you. - Paul Harvey

Very few of these panic-mongers have any personal knowledge of the countries that are already under blackshirt government. - Lord Rothermere

The workers' and peasants' government proposes to all warring peoples... negotiations leading to a just, democratic peace. - Lenin

A good plate of sushi after an opening helps to soothe that post-opening blues - especially since you feel like raw meat yourself. - Jim Drain

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. - Voltaire


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27-May-2018