But Who Plays The Wolf?

The Boy Who Cried Wolf  … from Aesop’s Fables

There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, “Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!”

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces.

“Don’t cry ‘wolf’, shepherd boy,” said the villagers, “when there’s no wolf!” They went grumbling back down the hill.

Later, the boy sang out again, “Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!” To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, “Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don’t cry ‘wolf’ when there is NO wolf!”

But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, “Wolf! Wolf!”

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn’t come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn’t returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

“There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, “Wolf!” Why didn’t you come?”

An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

“We’ll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning,” he said, putting his arm around the youth, “Nobody believes a liar…even when he is telling the truth!”

We are so bombarded by lies every hour of every day told by Republicans that if, by some miracle, one of them ever tells the truth, we will discount it as just another lie.  The “Grand Old Party” has lost its integrity, its reputation, and sold its values to the highest bidder.  Collectively, they are the little shepherd boy in the fable, and the people who watch Fox “News” are the sheep, while those of us who recognize a lie when we see one are the ‘woke’ villagers who are trying to ignore the lying, cheating likes of George Santos, Matt Gaetz, Marge Greene, Lauren Boebert, Kevin McCarthy, Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and all the rest, while realizing the potential for danger.  And the wolf?

Well, you see, the little shepherd boy crying wolf are the Republican politicians and media clowns who are painting Democrats as the wolf, but when the real wolf shows up, they may be surprised to find it isn’t at all who they thought.  The real ‘wolf’ is a combination of climate change, guns, racism & bigotry, wealthy corporations, technology, and a few others.  And yes, the wolf is really there, creeping ever nearer, unimpressed by the deniers and the conspiracy theorists who have laid the path, allowing him to creep forward at an even faster pace.

31 thoughts on “But Who Plays The Wolf?

  1. I like that you noted that the painting of the wolf happening between the political parties. It’s what’s happening and it’s such a waste of time and taking away from the real issues. Such a shame what politics has evolved to these days.

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  2. Jill, I think reporters and citizens need to ask simple questions when we hear something that sounds like a lie or comes from a source well-known (and some well documented) for lying.

    “Do you really believe that or are you just saying it for effect?”
    “That sounds untrue, what is your source?”
    “Why is that important with so many others things we need to deal with?”
    “Can I repeat back to you what you just said, so I can get your quote right?”

    I am reminded of the CBS reporter who had heard Donald Trump repeatedly take credit for a piece of legislation. She finally stopped him and asked if he knew that legislation was passed in 2014 before he became president? The pushback was priceless, but the misrepresentation was not unusual. Keith

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    • We would all benefit from that, from politicians (and others) having their feet held to the fire, being questioned relentlessly about their statements. I had forgotten about that reporter reminding Trump that the legislation had passed years before he took office! I’m betting he vowed revenge against her, for that is his nature! And apparently it didn’t cost him the support of his fans. But yes, to the point, the media MUST start pushing back against the lies.


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  4. We certainly are heading in a definite direction, but we cannot know yet what the real end will be.
    Science fiction is often based on the question, “if we continue on this line, what will the outcome be?” But humanity’s story is not written in stone. There is still time to change the plot development, and I thonk that is spmethong we have to remain aware of.
    Despite the boy crying wolf, the sheep can still be saved by a watchful villager!

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