The Henny-Penny psychology of Dick and Liz Cheney

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.
* 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.