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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In politics nothing is contemptible. - Benjamin Disraeli

There are no office hours for leaders. - Cardinal J Gibbons

The post of honour is a private station. - Joseph Addison

Be the kind of leader that you would follow. - Unknown

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

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

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

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs

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

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. - John C Maxwell

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. - Martin L. Gross

The best leaders not only develop us, they advocate our future. - Michael Dooley

An honest politician is one who when he's bought stays bought. - Simon Cameron

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. - Tex Guinan

Followers will never know how hard the leader tries to create a path. - Unknown

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

The number one disease of business leaders in North America is procrastination. - Napoleon Hill

The true measure of the value of any business leader and manager is performance. - Brian Tracy

A good politician, under democracy, is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar. - H L Mencken

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader. - Harry S Truman

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

Great leaders find ways to connect with their people and help them fulfill their potential. - Steven J Stowell

Officialese: A government language where you can understand the words, but not the sentences - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams

The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sail. - John C Maxwell

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

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

Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpoints to hack post-horses. - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The leader's job is to see the best in human beings who have never caught sight of the best within themselves. - Robin Sharma

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

What politicians want to create is irreversible change because when you leave office someone changes it back again. - Estelle Morris

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

Calculating how much carbon is absorbed by which forests and farms is a tricky task, especially when politicians do it. - Donella Meadows

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

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

Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar. - Orrin Woodward

Being in politics is like being a football coach; you have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important. - Eugene McCarthy


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