In November 1978, over 900 followers of Jim Jones committed mass suicide/murder in the jungle of Guyana. Jones, a charismatic delusional crackpot, constantly feared losing control of the members in his People’s Temple. His paranoia was the main reason he moved the cult to Guyana from San Francisco. When Representative Leo Ryan of California went down to investigate allegations of abuse, Jones felt the US Government closing in on his fraud. After Ryan was shot to death by members of the cult on the airstrip near Jonestown, Jones ordered his flock to drink (or be forced to drink) Kool-Aid laced with potassium cyanide.
I am sure Kraft was not pleased with that form of PR. Then again I am sure Kraft is not pleased with how the brand name Kool-Aid is referred to today as well.
Out of that tragedy – an expression – “drinking the Kool-Aid” entered American vernacular. Drinking the Kool-Aid has come to mean “embracing the perspective or ideas of a group that is probably nuts, kooky, cultish.”
Hence, followers of the Teabag Movement have “Drank the Kool-Aid.”
I am afraid any victories – even a few small victories by candidates like Sharron Angle, Joe Miller and Christine O’Donnell – are going to start this country on a slow march of drinking poisoned Kool-Aid from toxic Teabags. You know the toxic sludge that is gushing into the Danube River in Hungary – well think of the Republican candidates like Angle and O’Donnell as holding kegs of tainted Kool-Aid, ready to be dumped into the reservoirs and streams of the US.
And you want an example of the government Angle and O’Donnell will give you – just look to the ashes of a home in Tennessee.
With the election season winding down – candidates backed by the Teabaggers are preparing to flood the airwaves with more attack ads, including ones to persuade the masses to literally “drink the Kool Aid.”
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