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 local. - Thomas P O'Neil

Some leaders are born women. - Unknown

Politics makes strange red-fellows. - Will Rogers

There is no gambling like politics. - Benjamin Disraeli

Politics is the art of the possible. - Otto von Bismarck

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

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

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

An honest man in politics shines more than he would elsewhere. - Mark Twain

Blind faith in your leaders, or in anything, will get you killed. - Bruce Springsteen

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

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

The real leader has no need to lead - he is content to point the way. - Henry Miller

Leaders inspire. They aren't assigned leadership. They command it. - Dr. Phil McGraw

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

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

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

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

Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated. - Will Rogers

Everyone wants to eat at the government's table, but nobody wants to do the dishes. - Werner Finck

Of all the tasks of government, the most basic is to protect its citizens from violence. - John Foster Dulles

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

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. - Thomas Jefferson

Ex-Presidents of the United States get state subsidies. Not so in Russia. You get no government support. - Mikhail Gorbachev

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

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

If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand. - Milton Friedman

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

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

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

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

In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians,
and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people. - Groucho Marx

If the government was as afraid of disturbing the consumer as it is of disturbing business, this would be some democracy. - Kin Hubbard

One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President. - Lyndon B. Johnson

Every country must be absolutely free to adopt the type of economic, political and social system that it considers convenient. - Fidel Castro

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

I dream of the realization of the unity of Africa, whereby its leaders combine in their efforts to solve the problems of this continent. - Nelson Mandela

Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him, better take a closer look at the American Indian. - Henry Ford

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


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24-Aug-2019