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.

Politics is an inexact science. - Otto von Bismarck

Black Panther leader Elder Cleavage. - Archie Bunker

Crime does not pay as well as politics. - Alfred E. Newman

Most bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson

Politicians can't manage. All they can do is talk. - Donald Trump

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

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

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

If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked? - George Carlin

We have the best government in the world... that money can buy. - Mark Twain

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

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

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

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. - Henry Kissinger

In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy. - Brian Mulroney

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. - Henry Kissinger

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

If you could take a selfie of your soul would you find it attractive enough to post? - Unknown

I love Canada. I am from Canada. I will bash the Canadian government but never Canada. - Jason Priestley

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

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. - Mark Twain

The heart of good leadership is sacrifice. If you want to grow an organization - grow leaders. - John C Maxwell

I must study politics and war that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. - John Adams

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

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

Frankly, I'd like to see the government get out of war altogether and leave the whole field to private industry. - Joseph Heller

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

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

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

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. - George MacDonald

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

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

The insight to see possible new paths, the courage to try them, the judgment to measure results - these are the qualities of a leader. - Mary Parker Follett

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

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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