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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04-Jul-2022