I have been struck by the way progressives look at facts, and how they construct their world view. I liken it to a fairy tale.

Here’s what Merriam-Webster says:

a : a story (as for children) involving fantastic forces and beings (as fairies, wizards, and goblins) —called also fairy story
b : a story in which improbable events lead to a happy ending
: a made-up story usually designed to mislead

Both definitions can be applied to the Left’s thinking processes:

  • Common Elements of Fairy Tales
    1. A fairy tale begins with “Once upon a time…”
    2. Fairy tales happen in the long ago.
    3. Fairy Tales have fantasy and make believe in them.
    4. Fairy Tales have clearly defined Good characters vs. Evil characters.
    5. Royalty is usually present in a fairy tale, a beautiful princess/handsome
    6. There may be magic with giants, elves, talking animals, witches or fairies.
    7. Fairy tales have a problem that needs to be solved.
    8. It often takes three tries to solve the problem.
    9. Fairy tales have happy endings – “they all lived happily ever after.”
    10. Fairy tales usually teach a lesson or have a theme.

1-2. OK, maybe the first two elements aren’t always present in the Left’s thinking. However they frequently seem to be longing for things to be pure and simple as they were long ago, especially among the environmental movement, even when that reality was really only a fairy tale.

3. Fairy Tales have fantasy and make believe in them.this element is particularly prevalent on the Left.

As Peter Pan says: “If you believe,” he shouted to them, “clap your hands; don’t let Tink die.

Let’s make believe that a video watched  by a handful of people is the cause for riots in the Middle East. Let’s make believe that everyone loves us, and that it’s only the evil Bush administration that caused our problems in the world.

Let’s make believe that since we really care about education we just need to hire more teachers and reduce class sizes.

But… our results on standardized scores have stayed the same despite decreases in class size. Class size  is not a determinant, if  ineffective teachers are in charge. Hiring more teachers does nothing without higher performance standards

Let’s make believe that if people are poor, they just need a little help to get ahead, and that help is best provided by the government.

But studies  of subsidized housing, welfare, food subsidies, in fact on subsidies in general, show that any demonstration of a benefit is inconclusive at best.

4. There is definitely a clearly defined good and evil  character. The Left is always prone to portray conservatives with broad strokes, imputing evil motives to everything they do. They are not willing to entertain the possibility that good motives may underlie the thinking of anyone who disagrees with them. Romney’s success in the debates was such a surprise to liberals because one-dimensional “evil” people aren’t supposed to be real.

And since they are The Good, anything they do is automatically good. Witness the Occupy Wall Street movement, and any number of dubious actions justified by their noble goals.

5. Royalty – OK maybe that’s not literally true, but the treatment accorded to the shining lights of the Left comes pretty close to the traditional obeisance given to royalty. Certainly the media’s portrayal of Barack Obama and of  the Kennedys smacks of royal worship.

6. Magic, elves and giants, etc. Again, not literally. But really, how else do you explain some of their beliefs? Raising taxes on the 1% has been proven to be insufficient to cure our deficit problem, but somehow this will magically provide the money needed to fund their programs. And let’s not forget the magical belief that printing money has no consequences.

7.  Problems that need to be solved. “There oughta be a law”… Every time they perceive a problem their solution is legislation. The resulting  mountain of regulation makes it impossible for any person to know if they are truly law-abiding. As Lavrenti Beria said : “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” It’s a fairy tale to think that all problems can be solved by creating a new rule.

8. It take three tries – The Left has always favored incremental changes. The current example is Obamacare.  They started with Medicare, and have continued to press for “solutions” that drive the country toward universal single-payer health insurance.  The rules of the fairy tale seem to apply – you get your happy ending if you have a pure heart and keep trying.

9. Always achieving the ideal result happens in fairy tales, not the real world. The endless quest for that perfect happy ending is not healthy.

10. Lessons – The left seems to have a compulsion to lecture us. Fairy tales teach, but they do so by entertaining.Progressives like to beat us over the head when we don’t conform to their world view. They want us to learn that lesson so we can be God instead of Evil. I think it’s because they are in the fairy tale mode and are waiting for the happy ending.