Thursday, March 10, 2005

Musings 16...Kool Aid

So when someone says that "you drank the Kool Aid," what do they mean? I've been around for well over 50 years and I tend to think that current history is my lifetime and that everyone else feels the same way. For those of you who might not know, the expression came from the 1978 event in which 913 people drank poison Kool Aid from the Rev. Jim Jones at what became known as the Jonestown Massacre. I think the exact number of casulties were around 918 or so. Jim Jones was a charismatic minister who poisoned his folk when investigated by Congressman Leo Ryan. (see story)

So when someone says that you are "drinking the Kool Aid" it means you are following blindly the party line. All those people at Jonestown did not question the Rev. Jones and they drank and died. It is never wrong to question the actions of others, especially if the others do not like to be second guessed. That's what wears me out with Mr. President and Vice President Haliburton. They hate to be questioned and they sure do pass out the Kool Aid as people like Rush and Hannity force it down everyone's collective gullet.


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