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Some people never learn. This is particularly true of liberals such as E.J. Dionne quoted in the Washington Post and online at RealClearPolitics.com. Very clearly his “real politics” are a combination of magical thinking and Kool-aid drinking.

Drinking Kool-aid plus cyanide is bad for you. Some readers may not be aware of the derivation of this Kool-aid connotation.

Cult leader Jim Jones founded his utopian, communism-inspired community, called the People’s Temple, in Indianapolis before moving to California and ultimately to Jonestown, Guyana. Reports on life there sound remarkably like Orwell’s 1984, with ‘Big Brother’ Jones broadcasting over loudspeakers day and night.

In late 1978, California congressman Leo Ryan went to investigate the commune — some members came from his district. When he tried to return to the U.S. with members being held against their will, he and a NBC film crew were killed. Ryan was the only U.S. congressman ever killed in the line of duty.

Fearing retaliation from the U.S. government, Jones convinced most of his followers to commit the “revolutionary act” of mass suicide. Vats of grape Flavor-aid were mixed and laced with cyanide. Babies and small children were fed the poison by their mothers. Those unwilling to drink were forced to do so at gunpoint.

On November 18, 1978, 912 individuals died from drinking the mixture, including 276 children. The actual powder used was Flavor-aid ®, not Kool-aid®. Unfortunately for Kool-aid maker Kraft Foods, because their product is so much better known, Kool-aid has acquired the negative association.

“Drinking Kool-aid” is thus code for doing something you know is wrong, but you do it anyway because someone convinced you that you should.

Believing that you can cut costs by spending $1 trillion dollars is… drinking Kool-aid. Blindly accepting that having health insurance guarantees that you will get health care is …Kool-aid drinking. Promising people they will get free health care even as you drive doctors out of medicine, well, that is lacing the Kool-aid with cyanide.

 

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  1. serfer62

    December 25th, 2012

    Its sorta like Wacko but gentsler

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  2. Tony R

    December 26th, 2012

    Also, Jim Jones was a Marxist and the darling of the leftist interigensia of the 70′s and early 80′s; prominent democrat politicians including Jimmy Carter LOVED the guy. So “drinking the koolaide” is an act of a brain washed progressive. Why is the left allowed to co-opt our terminology?

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  3. Noodengr

    December 26th, 2012

    Little known factoid. Dan Quayle, then Representing the 4th district Indiana, was invited to go along on the investigation, but did not.

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  4. NOLIKEO

    December 26th, 2012

    I call the idiot libs the Jim Jones kool aid drinkers and hopefully the pResident will get all of them to drink the kool aid literally and lead them to the promise land….permanently;)
    Some people don’t know about Jim Jones and need to read about him.

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