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

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

Intelligence has nothing to do with politics. - Londo Molari

From politics, it was an easy step to silence. - Jane Austen

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

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

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

The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack. - Wayne Lukas

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

We need a leader that wrote "The Art of the Deal". - Donald Trump

You can't get rich in politics unless you're a crook. - Harry S Truman

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

I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat. - Will Rogers

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. - Simon Cameron

A politician is a man who approaches every problem with an open mouth. - Adlai Stevenson

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

Government can't give us anything without depriving us of something else. - Henry Hazlitt

To lodge all power in one party and keep it there is to insure bad government. - Mark Twain

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. - Bill Gates

My sheer existence is like a political act to a lot of people. It's not to me. - Grimes

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

Leaders are people who do the right things; managers are people who do things right. - Warren G. Bennis

Politicians who complain about the media are like sailors who complain about the sea. - Enoch Powell

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

I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling. - Steve Irwin

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

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

The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. - Theodor Adorno

By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw. - Harvey Mackay

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason. - José Maria de Eça de Queiroz

It's especially hard if the government is not providing services, or is even conducting ethnic cleansing against you. - Paul Harvey

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

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

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. - Groucho Marx

In Mexico, an air-conditioner is called a "politician" because it makes a lot of noise but doesn't work very well. - Len Deighton

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

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

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


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17-Oct-2019