Drinking the Kool-Aid: A Commentary and a Cartoon

Kool-Aid Commentary

“Drinking the Kool-Aid” . . . Do we ever think about what that means?
by Julie Driscoll, Chicago Liberal Examiner, 1 January 2011

I was just thinking about the term we all throw around, “drinking the Kool-Aid.” And although many of us who are a little, well, older, remember Jim Jones and the Jonestown Massacre, some might not. There are times I casually toss that comment out in terms of politics, without really thinking about it, but — like the word “Nazi” — I think maybe we should at times give it a second thought. No one side is more guilty than the other of using this term, either — both sides employ it equally liberally.

And Finally…

A cartoon appeared on the Internet this past year showing the connection between Jonestown and Kool-Aid. Warning: Some viewers might find the cartoon offensive.