Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid

October 2, 2008 at 8:04 pm 3 comments

I am almost embarrassed to admit it, but the first time I heard anyone talking about drinking kool-aid in a negative context, aside from the obvious fact that it is not really healthy in any way and super high in sugar, I had no idea what they were talking about.

So I had to ask, and then I did some reading online. The phrase Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid or phrases that are similar to that are referring to a religious cult led by Jim Jones. He convinced them all to kill themselves at the same time by drinking kool-aid laced with potassium cyanide. Really smart. I do believe that there are causes worth dying for, like our countries freedom. I am a strong supporter of our armed forces. But would you really let a crazy guy just convince you to kill yourself. Hopefully not.

So it basically boils down to forming your own ideas and opinions based on research that you, yourself have done. If you choose to base your decisions and opinions only on what other people tell you should be done without coming to terms with why you believe it is true or correct basically makes you a sheep, a blind follower. Everyone should have something that they believe in and feel strongly about. Hopefully your convictions are about important issues and topics, not just about what type of coffee (Non-fat Mocha) or soda you like to drink (Coke Zero).

I love country music. Country music seems to have a song to explain all points in life. Songs about love, babies, marriage, death, divorce, patriotism, addiction, you name it. The songs make you think, since you can actually understand the lyrics when you hear the songs it makes it easier. The chorus of one song that I can think of explains it well:

Aaron Tippin – You’ve Got to Stand for Something

You’ve got to stand for something, Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man, Not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right, Uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something, Or you’ll fall for anything

I have a hard time believing that all our representatives are standing for what they know is right. It generally takes more courage to do the unpopular thing than to go with the flow. I know McCain is known as a Maverick for challenging things and taking a stand against the unpopular, most of the time. He did vote yes to this bill and I am curious as to why.

I believe that our Congressmen and women from both parties are proving just how much kool-aid they drink. The Relief Bill that they voted on last night contains some of the most blatant and flagrant pork ever. They were all in on it. The original Paulson plan that was presented was a 3-page document. No I did not agree with it. The House bill that did not pass on Monday had grown to a 106-page document. Still I do not agree with it. Finally yesterday the bill had grown to an absurd 451-page document laden with special interest and lobbyist stuff. Something about wooden arrows for children? Money apparently can buy votes. What is that about?

I still disagree with the basic premise of the bill in the first place.

The government is going to be buying the home loans of people who bought houses they should never have bought.

The blame does not lie solely with the banker, lender, agent, (or President Bush – its not like he cosigned on the loan) the great American public was purchasing beyond their financial means. The market needs to be corrected but not by the government buying out your mortgage so you can pay them back and stay in your home.

If we are going to play that game I would like to buy a million dollar home please. I can qualify for the loan, can I really handle that mortgage, not really. Since I live in California it is basically buying me a shack anyway. And then since I will be having such a hard time paying my mortgage I would like the government to buy my loan and I’ll just pay them back. They are doing it for everyone else. Maybe they will buy me a car too.

Just because you can qualify for a loan does not mean you should get it. People got so starry eyed at keeping up with the Joneses’ that they lost sight of their own actual circumstances. If you can’t be happy with what you have and what you can comfortably afford than you will never be happy with anything.

I really feel that instead of backing the mortgages we should have them insured under the FHA program. That makes much more sense and does not carry the same economic weight of buying the loans.

The market has corrected itself from Monday’s hit. I believe that policies and practices need to change and the market will correct itself.

I give kudos and respect to the few men and women who did not vote for this legislation. I ultimately wonder if it will pass in the House. I hope all these Representatives know what they are doing.  It will remain to be seen what will happen but I hope since we can see how corrupt Washington has gotten that all incumbents will be replaced for not listening to their constituents. After all we are the ones who gave them that power. If they are going to choose not to represent our interests then maybe we should replace them with someone who will.

On another note, in listening to the Congressmen talking on the news last night, it makes you wonder if they know something they are not telling us about the economy or if they are just believing what someone else is telling him and drinking gallons of tainted kool-aid.

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  • 1. withonebreath  |  October 2, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    I think it has a lot to do with “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and CIA mind-control experiments involving LSD. Also see MK Ultra.

    I’ve always taken, “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid” as “Don’t trip out and talk/act crazy”. I’ve heard it thrown around at people who believe in conspiracy theorists, insinuating that they are crazy and under the influence of some psychotic drug or disorder.

  • 2. rightwingchicky  |  October 2, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    interesting. i have never heard of those references – i cut and pasted this from the wiki on kool-aid

    “Drinking the Kool-Aid”

    The earliest known use of the term in its figurative, non-literal context (that is, outside descriptions of people actually drinking real Kool-Aid), is from a 1987 quote about former Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry in the Washington Post.[3][4]

    The term is derived from the 1978 cult suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. Jim Jones, the leader of the Peoples Temple, persuaded his followers to move to Jonestown. Late in the year he ordered his followers to commit suicide by drinking grape-flavored Flavor Aid laced with potassium cyanide. A camera from inside the compound shows a large chest being opened, clearly showing boxes of both Flavor Aid and Kool-Aid.[5] There is also testimony from criminal investigators at the Jonestown inquest stating that there were “cool aid” [sic] packets there.[6] It is unknown whether these are a reference to the Kool-aid brand packets from the trunk, or simply a generic use of the more popular brand for the product. In what is now commonly called the “Jonestown Massacre”, a large majority of the 913 people later found dead drank the brew. (The discrepancy between the idiom and the actual occurrence is likely due to Flavor Aid’s relative obscurity,compared to the easily recognizable Kool-Aid.) An earlier usage than 1987 can be attested at least as early as 1982 in the film “The Slumber Party Massacre” by Amy Holden Jones. In the scene where Valerie ‘Val’ Bates prepares Kool-Aid, she offers a glass to her sister and says “As the famous Jim Jones once said: ‘should have been drinking Kool-Aid'”.

    The saying “Do not drink the Kool-Aid” now commonly refers to the Jonestown tragedy, meaning “Do not trust any group you find to be a little on the kooky side,” or “Whatever they tell you, do not believe it too strongly.”[7] Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly is famous for using the term in this manner.[8]

    Having “drunk the Kool-Aid” also refers to being a strong or fervent believer in a particular philosophy or mission — wholeheartedly or blindly believing in its virtues.[9][10]

    This expression can also be used to refer to the activities of the Merry Pranksters, a group of people associated with novelist Ken Kesey[citation needed] who, in the early 1960s, traveled around the United States and held events called “Acid Tests”, where LSD-laced Kool-Aid was passed out to the public (LSD was legal in the U.S. until 1966). Those who drank the “Kool-Aid” passed the “Acid Test”. “Drinking the Kool-Aid” in that context meant accepting the LSD drug culture, and the Pranksters’ “turned on” point of view. These events were described in Tom Wolfe’s 1968 classic “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”. However the expression is never used figuratively in the book, but only literally; therefore, the book is not the origin of the term. [11]

    so it would seem that based on most research and information it has nothing to do with the other stuff.

  • 3. housing floor plans  |  October 3, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Don’t let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it. Colin Powell

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