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Fairy Tale Lessons for the Merchants of Doom

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Two famous children’s stories, “Chicken Little” and “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” convey an important message for today’s gloom-peddling Left. In both tales, frightened main characters warn of impending disaster—”the sky is falling” or a rampaging wolf will devour the innocent.

In both cases, the protagonists ultimately lose credibility and hyperventilating hysterics in politics and punditry face the same fate. According to prestigious progressives, the end of “net neutrality” means collapse of free media, the GOP tax cuts will tank the economy and crush the middle class, and withdrawal from the Paris Accords signals environmental apocalypse. Worst of all, a Trump White House means the end of Constitutional governance, making implacable “resistance” the only option.

As events unfold and America dodges such disasters, the public will inevitably turn to more balanced perspectives. After all, “Chicken Little” hardly represents an appealing candidate for public office, and Boys Who Cry Wolf don’t deserve to remain trusted media voices.

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