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That’s a ‘liberal’ value

Posted: December 25, 2009 9:49 p.m.
Updated: December 26, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
The irony in Mr. Lampton's rebuttal ("The real story behind the Kool-Aid," The Signal, Dec. 18) regarding the political term "drinking the Kool-Aid" made me chuckle.

While I grant that it is a most popular phrase with the conservative crowd, and they probably coined it - along with others of seemingly endless catch phrases demonizing of those dreadful "liberals" or other folks who don't subscribe to their narrow views - the point of the phrase is that anyone who lives and breathes a political dogma to the point of religious gospel or doctrine, to the extent that it shapes and defines their world view, can really be called "drinking the Kool-Aid."

Just like those poor souls in Jonestown so many years ago who believed that it was the end of their world because their religious leader told them so.

Like so many Germans who believed they were the master race and fired up the burners for all non-Aryans because of Hitler's Kool-Aid message.

Like Jim Adkisson, who killed two people, shot seven others last year in a Tennessee "liberal" church.

Police found among his possessions, along with his four-page letter describing how he blamed "liberals and gays" for "ruining America," the conservative political works of Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and Michael Savage.

These men's messages claim "liberals" are the problem, that all liberals want are free handouts, that they're whiners, that they're the reason you don't have a job. It's not you - it's them.

These appeared to be his favorite flavors of Kool-Aid.

Ben Franklin also said, "To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly." Mr. Adkisson followed blindly until he committed murder.

Mr. Lampton's point that we should all question authority and not drink any politically motivated Kool-Aid is valid. But then again, that is a "liberal" value.

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