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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Politics makes strange postmasters. - Kin Hubbard

In politics nothing is contemptible. - Benjamin Disraeli

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

Man is not free unless government is limited. - Ronald Reagan

Every country has the government it deserves. - Joseph de Maistre

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

The secret of politics? Make a good treaty with Russia. - Otto von Bismarck

Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. - Herbert Hoover

In politics, a lie unanswered becomes truth within 24 hours. - Willie Brown

A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top. - James Reston

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

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

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

A politician will do anything to keep his job - even become a patriot. - William Randolph

The best leaders are the best notetakers, best askers, and best learners. - Tom Peters

The value of a leader is directly proportional to that leader's values. - Unknown

Leaders don't set out to climb the ladder. They rise by lifting others up. - Jo Miller

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

Good leaders do not take on all the work themselves; neither do they take all the credit. - Unknown

If you delegate tasks, you create followers. If you delegate authority, you create leaders. - Craig Groeschel

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

What is the first part of politics? Education. The second? Education. And the third? Education. - Jules Michelet

It's our experience that political leaders don't always mean the opposite of what they say. - Abba Eban

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

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. - Frederic Bastiat

Idealism is like a castle in the air if it is not based on a solid foundation of social and political realism. - Claude McKay

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

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In politics it is necessary either to betray one's country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. - Charles de Gaulle

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

I'm not interested in cutting the feet off my characters or stretching them to make them fit my certain political view. - Margaret Atwood

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. - Max DePree

It was revealed in a government survey published today that the Prime Minister is doing the work of two men, Laurel and Hardy. - Ronnie Corbett

We pick politicians by how they look on TV and Miss America on where she stands on the issues. Isn't that a little backwards? - Jay Leno

A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life. - John Stuart Mill

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The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things. - Ronald Reagan

In politics, as in womanizing, failure is decisive. It sheds its retrospective gloom on earlier endeavor which at the time seemed full of promise. - Malcolm Muggeridge


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03-Jun-2020