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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Lawyers are natural politicians. - Clarence Darrow

Strong people don't need strong leaders. - Ella Baker

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

Cream always rises to the top... so do good leaders. - John Paul Warren

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. - Henry Cate, VII

Politicians can't manage. All they can do is talk. - Donald Trump

Integrity is the one thing a leader cannot do without. - John C Maxwell

A person who is quietly confident makes the best leader. - Fred Wilson

There can be no wise politics without thought beforehand. - Annie Besant

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

A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. - Bertrand de Jouvenel

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

War has rules, mud wrestling has rules - politics has no rules. - Ross Perot

The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world. - Reinhold Niebuhr

The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I'd be honest. - Rodney Dangerfield

Every politician should have been born an orphan and remain a bachelor. - Lady Bird Johnson

Politics is the chloroform of the Irish people, or, rather the hashish. - Oliver St. John Gogarty

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. - Henry Kissinger

Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help. - Alex Haley

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

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

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

The indignation of politicians is NOT a good measure of the gravity of any situation. - Paul Harvey

My brother Bob doesn't want to be in government - he promised Dad he'd go straight. - John F Kennedy

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

Good leaders develop ideas. Great leaders develop people. The best leaders develop new leaders. - Bobby Umar

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

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The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. - Theodor Adorno

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

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

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

Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. - Thurgood Marshall

If the government was as afraid of disturbing the consumer as it is of disturbing business, this would be some democracy. - Kin Hubbard

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"I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

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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

I once said to my father, when I was a boy, 'Dad we need a third political party.' He said to me, 'I'll settle for a second.' - Ralph Nader


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28-Jan-2021