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

Strong people don't need strong leaders. - Ella Baker

Intelligence has nothing to do with politics. - Londo Molari

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

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

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

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory. - John Kenneth Galbraith

Integrity is the one thing a leader cannot do without. - John C Maxwell

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

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

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

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. - H L Mencken

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

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

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. - Charles de Gaulle

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

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

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

A person always doing his or her best becomes a natural leader, just by example. - Joe DiMaggio

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

Personally, I'm against political jokes. Too often they get elected to office. - Henny Youngman

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

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

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

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. - Nikita Khrushchev

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

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

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

The only security men can have for their political liberty, consists in keeping their money in their own pockets. - Lysander Spooner

Americans still believe in an America where anything's possible - they just don't think their leaders do. - Barack Obama

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

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

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

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

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

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

Politics: A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. - Ambrose Bierce

Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. - Paul Harvey

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

The best way to lose weight is to close your mouth - something very difficult for a politician. Or watch your food - just watch it, don't eat it. - Edward I Kock


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24-Sep-2017