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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A leader is a dealer in hope. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Politics is the art of the possible. - Otto von Bismarck

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

Everybody knows politics is a contact sport. - Barrack Obama

Politics is just show business for ugly people. - Jay Leno

I must follow my people. Am I not their leader? - Benjamin Disraeli

The Golden Rule has no place in a political campaign. - John J Ingalls

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

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. - Martin L. Gross

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

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

Followers will never know how hard the leader tries to create a path. - Unknown

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

The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face. - Clare Boothe Luce

In politics, madame, you need two things: friends, but above all an enemy. - Brian Mulroney

The short memories of American voters is what keeps our politicians in office. - Will Rogers

As a leader your every action has a consequence. Make sure it is one you intend. - Katherine Bryant

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

There are no crooked politicians in America. They've legalized their thievery. - Frank Dane

Leaders are people who do the right things; managers are people who do things right. - Warren G. Bennis

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

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

Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and your government when it deserves it. - Mark Twain

I think it's an absolute disaster that Australia, the government, allowed kangaroo culling. - Steve Irwin

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

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams

I must study politics and war that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. - John Adams

Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you. - Unknown

Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths. - John Zenger

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. - John Kenneth Galbraith

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

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

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

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

Very few of these panic-mongers have any personal knowledge of the countries that are already under blackshirt government. - Lord Rothermere

The difference between being a manager and being a leader is that managers understand staff and leaders understand people. - Peter Legge

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

Great leaders don't set out to be a leader. They set out to make a difference. It's never about the role - always about the goal. - Lisa Haisha

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

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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20-Sep-2020