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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All politics is applesauce. - Will Rogers

Some leaders are born women. - Unknown

Man is by nature a political animal. - Aristotle

The gun is not out of Irish politics. - Ian Paisley

The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun. - R Buckminster Fuller

Government is an endless pursuit of new ways to tax. - Unknown

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. - Henry Cate, VII

The art of government is the organization of idolatry. - George Bernard Shaw

There can be no wise politics without thought beforehand. - Annie Besant

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity. - Albert Einstein

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

The most important political office is that of the private citizen. - Louis D. Brandeis

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

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote. - William E. Simon

Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for. - Will Rogers

Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will. - Mikhail Bakunin

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

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

The flood of money that gushes into politics today is a pollution of democracy. - Theodore White

The visionary leader is an optimist, for no pessimist ever made a great leader. - William W Francis

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

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. - George Bernard Shaw

Either the government will be given to us or we shall seize it by marching on Rome. - Benito Mussolini

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. - John C Maxwell

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. - Margaret Thatcher

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

Get thee glass eyes;
And, like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou dost not. - William Shakespeare

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

Politics: Poli, a Latin word meaning "many"; and tics, meaning "bloodsucking creatures." - Robin Williams

It is a win-win for the American people, an idea no conventional politician would have the guts to put forward. - Donald Trump

I won't eat anything that has intelligent life, but I would gladly eat a network executive or a politician. - Marty Feldman

In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. - Charles de Gaulle

Canada's political parties spend a few years in opposition and then govern as if it's permanent payback time. - Bob Rae

The difference between being a manager and being a leader is that managers understand staff and leaders understand people. - Peter Legge

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be. - Rosalyn Carter

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. - Oscar Ameringer

When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale. - John W. Gardner

When I am abroad, I always make it a rule never to criticize or attack the government of my country. I make up for lost time when I am at home. - Winston Churchill

If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don't get wet you can keep. - Will Rogers


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20-Jul-2017