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 the middle way is none at all. - John Adams

Everybody knows politics is a contact sport. - Barrack Obama

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

Most bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson

Government cannot and must not replace private initiative. - Kim Campbell

I'm in the turtle's race. My journey is a marathon. - Omari Hardwick

We have the best government in the world... that money can buy. - Mark Twain

I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together. - Gerald R. Ford

The best leader brings out the best in those he has stewardship over. - J Richard Clarke

Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader's arsenal. - Howard Gardner

Be enthusiastic as a leader. You can't light a fire with a wet match. - Unknown

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

Mail your packages early, so the Post Office can lose them in time for Christmas. - Johnny Carson

The greatest leaders mobilize others by coalescing people around a shared vision. - Ken Blanchard

The secret of political bargaining is to look more strong than what you really are. - Subhash Bose

If you want to be a leader, you must have ideas. If not, you're simply a follower. - T Mohamad

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. - Margaret Thatcher

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

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. - Nikita Khrushchev

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. - Nikita Khruschev

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

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel. - John Quinton

The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team to be solution focused rather than problem focused. - Unknown

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

At present, our country needs women's idealism and determination, perhaps more in politics than anywhere else. - Shirley Chisholm

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

Canada's political parties spend a few years in opposition and then govern as if it's permanent payback time. - Bob Rae

Physicians and politicians resemble one another in this respect, that some defend the constitution and others destroy it. - Unknown

One lesson you better learn if you want to be in politics is that you never go out on a golf course and beat the President. - Lyndon B. Johnson

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

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. - Plato

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book. - Ronald Reagan

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. - Jack Welch

Politicians get their power too late, and I think that he has inherited an impossible situation in which he is ill-equipped to deal. - Malcolm Muggeridge

Judge: 1. A law student who marks his own examination papers; 2. A lawyer who once knew a politician; 3. A man in a trying position. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com

Our future cannot depend on the government alone. The ultimate solutions lie in the attitudes and the actions of the American people. - Joe Biden

The politicians in Washington are spending trillions of dollars of our money. When are Americans going to stand up and say enough is enough? - Joe Wurzelbacher

Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders. - Sloan Wilson

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

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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28-Sep-2020