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

Under every stone lurks a politician. - Aristophanes

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. - Henry Brooks Adams

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

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

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians. - Edward Langley

Government always finds a need for whatever money it gets. - Ronald Reagan

The military don't start wars. Politicians start wars. - William Westmoreland

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. - Martin L. Gross

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules - politics has no rules. - Ross Perot

You are absolutely free to describe me as a turtle or something. - Paul Giamatti

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. - Will Rogers

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

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

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

I believe there is something out there watching us. Unfortunately, it's the government. - Woody Allen

My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight. - John F Kennedy

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. - Doug Larson

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

In Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination. - Irving Layton

When governments become large, voters cannot exercise close oversight, otherwise known as political power. - Maggie Gallagher

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government. - Donald Trump

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

It doesn't take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause. - H L Mencken

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

Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism. - Claude McKay

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

The business of government is to keep the government out of business - that is, unless business needs government aid. - Will Rogers

When it comes to politics, I sit down on a sofa and grab some popcorn - or sometimes I crouch down in order not to get shot. - Sergey Galitsky

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. - Ronald Reagan

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

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

Doing well with blogging is not about writing one key post, it is about performing day after day and helping a few people at a time. - Aaron Wall

A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study: Duh. - Conan O'Brien

NEED now means wanting someone else's money. GREED means wanting to keep your own. COMPASSION is when a politician arranges the transfer. - Joseph Sobran

I once said to my father, when I was a boy, 'Dad we need a third political party.' He said to me, 'I'll settle for a second.' - Ralph Nader

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

Regarded simply as a politician, and compared with the other leading political figures of our time, how clean a smell he has managed to leave behind. - Mahatma Gandhi


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15-Dec-2017