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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Man is by nature a political animal. - Aristotle

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

The best leaders blend courage with compassion. - Robin Sharma

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

I'm not a politician. I've only got one face. - Brendan Behan

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. - Aristotle

Sudafed: Brought litigation against a government official - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

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

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

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

History is a tool used by politicians to justify their intentions. - Ted Koppei

Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out. - James Bryant Conant

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

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. - Henry Kissinger

Politics is the art of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop. - P.J. O'Rourke

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

Political success is the ability, when the inevitable occurs, to get credit for it. - Laurence J Peter

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

The heart of good leadership is sacrifice. If you want to grow an organization - grow leaders. - John C Maxwell

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

People want change but not too much change. Finding that balance is tricky for every politician. - Eleanor Clift

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

In Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada has at last produced a political leader worthy of assassination. - Irving Layton

Good thing we've still got politics in Texas - finest form of free entertainment ever invented. - Molly Ivins

Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily, even if you had no title or position. - Brian Tracy

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don't go into government. - Donald Trump

Demagogue: A politician who can rock the boat and persuade everyone else that they're in a terrible storm - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

The best leaders identify what promises they are being held to, manage expectations, and honor those promises. - Bob Anderson

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One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. - Plato

Taxpayer - someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination. - Ronald Reagan

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It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. - George MacDonald

Every country must be absolutely free to adopt the type of economic, political and social system that it considers convenient. - Fidel Castro

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

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

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

Political correctness is about denial, usually in the weasel circumlocutory jargon which distorts and evades and seldom stands up to honest analysis. - George M Fraser


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