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The Henny-Penny psychology of Dick and Liz Cheney

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May 14, 2009

Is there anything more to write about Dick Cheney, the self-proclaimed uber-general on the war on terror whose only combat experience was shooting his friend in the face? I thought not until I read a reference to a comment Liz Cheney, the "acorn that didn’t fall far from the tree offspring", who Slate pointed out owes her very existence to her father’s avoidance of the Vietnam draft * , made about daddy in The Washington Post. 
 
Liz Cheney strongly disagreed with the claim that her father’s vocal defense of Bush administration policies has caused significant unrest within the GOP. She said he has received phone calls, e-mails and letters from people around the country, from officials in government and from members of the military and their families, thanking him for standing up and speaking out. "He’s got hundreds of people coming to him saying, ‘Please keep doing what you’re doing,’ " she said.
 
 

It’s a rare person who can take  a stand on a strongly held principle when they are the only one they know who believes them. They need at least a few people to pat them on the back, give them atta-boys and support their crusade, in the Cheney’s case a crusade to save the United States from the terror attack they think Barack Obama is inviting.
 
Cheney as Henny PennyThink of the fable about the chicken Henny-Penny.
 
It happens to be about an acorn falling from a tree too.  (Any resemblance to the former vice president in this public domain picture, or the oak tree acorn and the former vice president’s daughter acorn is a coincidence.)
 
Henny-Penny was "picking up corn in the cornyard when- -whack!- -something hit her upon the head." It was probably an acorn.
 
 ‘Goodness gracious me!’ said Henny-penny; ‘the sky’s a-going to fall; I must go and tell the king.’ "
 
Along the way to tell the king she picked up Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkeyturkey. 
 
But then on the way to tell the king they encountered Foxy-Loxy who told them they were headed in the wrong direction and he could show them a short-cut through his cave. 
 
Here’s the rest of the story:
 
So Foxy-woxy went into his cave, and he didn’t go very far, but turned round to wait for Henny-penny, Cocky-locky, Ducky-daddles, Goosey-poosey, and Turkey-lurkey. So at last at first Turkey-lurkey went through the dark hole into the cave.
 
He hadn’t got far when ‘Hrumph’, Foxy-woxy snapped off Turkey-lurkey’s head and threw his body over his left shoulder.
 
Then Goosey-poosey went in, and ‘Hrumph’, off went her head and Goosey-poosey was thrown beside Turkey-lurkey. Then Ducky-daddles waddled down, and ‘Hrumph’, snapped Foxy-woxy, and Ducky-daddles’s head was off and Duckydaddies was thrown alongside Turkey-turkey and Gooseypoosey. Then Cocky-locky strutted down into the cave, and he hadn’t gone far when ‘Snap, Hrumph!’ went Foxy-woxy, and Cocky-locky was thrown alongside of Turkey-lurkey, Gooseypoosey, and Ducky-daddles.
 
But Foxy-woxy had made two bites at Cocky-locky, and when the first snap only hurt Cocky-locky, but didn’t kill him, he called out to Henny-penny. But she turned tail and off she ran home, so she never told the king the sky was a-falling.
 
 
 
This gory story is really an allegory (no pun intended) for the consequences of falling victim to your own dogmatic beliefs and not stepping back and seeing the whole picture, and taking the support of others to mean you’re right.
 
The lesson of this story for our own sky is falling Cheneys is that just because you get messages from hundreds of people saying "please keep doing what you’re doing" doesn’t mean that anything more than an acorn hit you on the head.
 
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* Does Elizabeth Cheney owe her existence to daddy’s draft dodging? You be the judge.
 Vietnam protestors

April 29, 1964 The Cheneys marry.

May 19, 1965 The Selective Service classifies Dick Cheney as 1-A, "available immediately for military service."

July 28, 1965: President Lyndon Johnson says draft calls will be doubled.

Oct. 26, 1965: The Selective Service declares that married men without children, who were previously exempted from the draft, will now be called up. Married men with children remain exempt.

Jan. 19, 1966: The Selective Service reclassifies Dick Cheney 3-A, "deferred from military service because service would cause hardship upon his family," because his wife is pregnant with their first child.

July 28, 1966: Elizabeth Cheney is born nine months two days after the Selective Service revoked its policy of not drafting childless husbands.

Jan. 30, 1967: Dick Cheney turns 26 and therefore becomes ineligible for the draft.

 Pictures are from Wikipedia Commons, public domain.

 

7 Responses to The Henny-Penny psychology of Dick and Liz Cheney

  1. Nogood

    May 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    When in the hell are we going to stop hearing or reading about this piece of human waste? Much like Sarah Palin, who even cares what they say or write now? The only thing that I care to read about Cheney is what prison he is living at. And please spare me the misery of having to listen to “Ding-bat” Palin in 2012.

  2. hologram5

    May 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    “He’s got hundreds of people coming to him saying, ‘Please keep doing what you’re doing,’ ” she said.
    This is a small number compared to the tens if not dozens of thousands that want him to just go away and crawl back under the rock he came from.

    To Boldly Go…
    Anywhere there is sanity…

  3. gazelle1929

    May 14, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Many years ago Bizarro had a cartoon of a guy with a walker, in the act of tilting sideways towards the ground, and with a chicken running away screaming, “This guy is falling. This guy is falling.”

    Cheney has already fallen, and the GOP is in the act of falling. May they all burn in hell.

    I searched all over for that cartoon on the Internet and could not find it.

  4. Carl Nemo

    May 14, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks Hal Brown; I needed a cute, spot-on allegory to begin my day.

    It seems, “Foxy Loxy”, aka Dick Cheney has already led an entire nation into a cave and took off their heads in one fell swoop; ie., Constitutionally guaranteed freedom, via our 911 “cave experience”! : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. Hal Brown

    May 14, 2009 at 1:50 pm

     Nogood:

    If the Cheney Show was on cable with a 20% rating do you think it would be renewed?

    Holgram5

    That’s my point. In fact back to what I wrote about if  the Cheney Show was on TV and about to be cancelled would merely "hundreds" of emails to the network lead them to reconsider.

    Gazelle

    I don’t remember the cartoon but also did a web search for it unsuccessfully. It may have been so old it was never online. I did imagine it in my mind with this picture of Cheney.

    Carl Nemo

    Glad you liked it. My wife thought it was cute too but asked why I had to add the bit about Cheney and the draft. I told her "because I could." Besides, Cheney is a true chicken hawk

  6. Carl Nemo

    May 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Hal,

    I found a Bizarro toon that you should enjoy…

    http://www.bizarro.com/gallery/title_shrink.htm

    I could use a daily dose of this type of humor. I’m saving the link to my desktop… : ) Thanks Gazelle for referencing his work.

    Carl Nemo **==

  7. AustinRanter

    May 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    For those who aren’t old enough to remember. In April of 1978 a fairly new Democrat majority Congress shutdown the Vietnam War.

    President = Gerald Ford

    Sec. of Defense = Don Rumsfeld

    Chief of Staff = Dick Cheney

    Both Rumsfeld and Cheney tried to convince Congress that pulling out of Vietnam would have dire long-term consequences. They tired to utilize every propaganda tool available…but Congress didn’t buy their nonsensical arguments.

    However…I believe as history recalls…Ford did buy their arugments to remain in Vietnam and supported Rumsfeld and Cheney’s efforts.

    Bush also bought their arguments in every respect when it came to Iraq.

    Cheney has held a toxic grip on our Government and Special Interest for several decades. How could we expect his kid to escape his ideologies when untold numbers in Washington haven’t been able to. In fact, there is an astonishing number of citizens who buy his radical political, domestic and foreign policy views.

    Do I have to quote P.T. Barnum to make my point?