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 have no relation to morals. - Niccolo Machiavelli

The gun is not out of Irish politics. - Ian Paisley

Everybody knows politics is a contact sport. - Barrack Obama

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. - Henry Brooks Adams

A government of law is a government of lawyers. - Saying

Politics is not a game. It is an earnest business. - Winston Churchill

Politics is the art of controlling your environment. - Hunter S. Thompson

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. - Charles de Gaulle

A boss commands, but a leader will always bring a team together. - Unknown

Leaders have the courage to make unpopular decisions and gut calls. - Jack Welch

A leader knows what's best to do; a manager knows merely how best to do it. - Ken Adelman

American Politics: A form of socialism for the rich, including the politicians. - Gregory Nunn

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business. - Tom Robbins

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

Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. - Brian Tracy

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

There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. - Will Rogers

The best leaders incentivize, inspire and empower their teams to be creative and innovative. - Michael Bloomberg

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career. - George Bernard Shaw

A good leader leads the people from above the. A great leader leads the people from within them. - M D Arnold

The masses are in reality their own leaders, dialectically creating their own development process. - Rosa Luxemburg

Politics, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. - Richard Armour

I won't eat anything that has intelligent life, but I would gladly eat a network executive or a politician. - Marty Feldman

The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says 'Go!' ... a leader says 'Let's go!'. - E M Kelly

A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see. - Leroy Eimes

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

Harold MacMillan is a very intelligent man, who, as so often happens in politics, achieved supreme power too late. - Malcolm Muggeridge

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

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

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

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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

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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

Integrity will take a leader farther than any other quality. If you would travel far and do much as a leader, never compromise your integrity. - John C Maxwell

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

Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively and continually. However, the vision doesn't come alive until the leader models it. - John C Maxwell

In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people; they no longer can lead solely based on positional power. - Ken Blanchard

Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments. - Isaac Asimov


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06-Aug-2020