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hoffmanmotors Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 01:25 PM
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THE KOOL-AID DRINKERS

THE KOOL-AID DRINKERS



If you read about politics at all you will have heard the term Kool-Aid Drinker. If you have any familiarity with the story of Jim Jones and his Jonestown Kool-Aid mass suicide you understand the implication. It refers to people who insert a firewall between themselves and reasoned critical thought, and subscribe to a pattern of belief regardless, even, of mounting and verifiable contrary evidence. Most of these people arent geniuses.

On the informative website satanwantsgun.com Pastor Harry makes the case that Satan (Democrats in this case) wants to take away your guns (assuming you are man enough to own some). Harrys reasoning is a little complicated but, essentially, he argues that one world government will have its base in Western Europe (those damnable French!) while the Vatican will be the center of satanic worship. The Antichrist will appear on earth and wage war against all who oppose him (gays and liberals), while his minions in one world government round up all the all those hot, hard and smooth Walther P-38s and Glock 9mms; oh baby let me stroke that Glock. The Antichrist will then require everyone to pledge allegiance to him, and all his disciples will have a computer chip embedded in their hand which will serve the same purpose as the Mobile Speedpass and which, without one, you cant get any gas, or hotdogs.

Here is the essential point Im making: Pastor Harry is NOT a Kool-Aid drinker. Pastor Harry is a lunatic.

Kool-Aid drinkers usually dont put that much thought into their obsessions. They just want somebody that they can believe in who will do all the thinking for them. What makes Kool-Aid drinkers different from lunatics is that lunatics will sometimes believe just the opposite of what they once believed (I give you David Horowitz).

What is it that compels people, past all reason, to believe in total bullshit? What is it about some people that allow them to cling to a fantasy long after it has died a public and gruesome death? And what is it about those people that, sometimes, make them cling even harder to the belief when it is at its gruesomest, deadest, bullshitiest, rancid worst?

The Kool-Aid Drinker is the true-believer who suffers from an apparent cognitive disorder characterized by a belief in a reality that only exists in a zone that is not available to people who think rationally. Contrary evidence only compels the Kool-Aid Drinker to modify existing beliefs to account for the contradicting facts. When the Reverend Jim Bakker went away to the slammer for stealing (and using ministry money to payoff someone he had been porking), many of his flock just waited for his return. From their perspective, he was undoubtedly the victim of a government witch hunt but hes back in business now and the money is rolling in again.

Todays most obvious Kool-Aid Drinkers are those who believe in the gospel of George W. Bush. They are constantly turning to page 666 of the Christians for Bush handbook for reassurance each time their Jim Jonesian President makes another request for them to stay the course, and hunker down, and trust him (do you prefer cherry or grape?). In a recent CBS poll of the President's job approval, only 37% of Americans approved of how he was doing his job. This is quite understandable given the long series of blunders, malfeasance and corruption this administration is responsible for. Yet, 79% of Republicans approved of the way the President was doing his job (and this was after Katrina!).

Its startling sometimes to realize just how much self-delusion is necessary to make it possible to believe in someone as inept as George W. Bush. The successes of the Bush administration are in galvanizing their base, not in accomplishments - normally the measure of a Presidential administration. The support this administration receives from the religious right is not based on Bushs deeds, but on the fact that the religious right has a build in insulation from the truths and realities of the secular world.

The cult who found new meaning in the passage of the Hale Bop comet, and those that accepted the ranting dogma of David Koresh in Waco were able to shut their eyes and stop their ears to the facts that intruded upon the fatal beliefs that controlled their destiny. They metaphorically drank the Kool-Aid just as the true-believers literally did in Jonestown.

To the extent that people strive to impose a fact-proof screen between their faith and the realities of the world, those people will be inclined to look at events like the Iraq war and not conclude that it was (at the very least) prosecuted incompetently, and based on a faulty (ever changing) rationale. Those people, we say, have drunk the Kool-Aid.

And when people who can look at George W. Bush sitting in that classroom with My Pet Goat opened in front of him after just being told that The Nation is Under Attack, and conclude that was the proper thing to do Those people have drunk the Kool-Aid as well.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 01:29 PM
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1. And their Koolaid is
Edited on Thu Oct-20-05 01:31 PM by zidzi
SPIKED!
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 01:49 PM
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2. You had me until your last paragraph
because of all the things I discredit GWB for over the past 5 years, the seven minutes with the goat story just isn't one of them. I'm a teacher and I appreciate his taking care of the business at hand before panicking and heading for the hills.

Using it as your conclusion weakens a good rant. I actually think the preceding paragraph is a better conclusion.

But I know you didn't ask!
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hoffmanmotors Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:00 PM
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3. I do appreciate the comment, and I respect it, but...
I really could not disagree with you more. In this day of missiles traveling between continents in just minutes, the specter of him setting there like a deer in the headlights was not inspiring. The nation is under attack trumps everything.
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:04 PM
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5. You know what?
I absolutely never even thought of the fact that a missile might be headed our way. Doh.

It was such an unusual method of attack, it frankly didn't occur to me. And I don't think he'd heard about the Pentagon yet, either.

Looking at it that way...keep the last sentence in. And maybe add something for slow-witted dim folks like me that put it into context.
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hoffmanmotors Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:09 PM
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7. You are obviously not a Kool-Aid Drinker...
You have the ability to change your mind. :)
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mrcheerful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:00 PM
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4. Lets see we live in a time when a nuke can travel from Russia to anywhere
in 15 minutes, your not bothered that the leader of the country just sits there like a lump of clay doing nothing? Excuse me, but shouldn't he excuse himself and find out exactly what happened? After all this was something important and wasn't something like a hurricane hitting the south. Oh yeah thats right, he waited a week before doing anything then too.
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:09 PM
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6. I have to disagree with you on this one. I'm not a teacher, but I am
a mother of four. He could have and should have apologized to the children for not being able to stay and explained to them that there were other matters that required his attention. This could have been done without panicking the children. I don't know if those 7 minutes would have made any difference or not, but an event that involves national security trumps reading a story to school children.
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 02:14 PM
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8. My consciousness has been raised
about the possibility of missile attack. I now agree it would have been better to stand and quietly excuse himself and THEN panic and head north to the hills.
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 05:20 PM
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9. There are Kool-Aid drinkers and Kool-Aid mixers. Pastor Harry's a mixer
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hoffmanmotors Donating Member (129 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-05 06:12 PM
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10. Point well taken
:)
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