No doubt you have heard this phrase - it seems popular with many pundits and talking heads, particularly Bill O'Reilly and other Fox News contributors. The phrase has become synonymous with "You shouldn't trust any person or group that I don't agree with." On YouTube, one can find all kinds of examples of how the phrase has been used, and if you google "Don't drink the Kool Aid", you will find many interesting websites discussing the phrase. It seems to have become part of the urban lexicon, but the story behind the phrase is summarized in this video, a student's project for an English class:
Personally, I find the phrase repulsive. It represents the mass suicide of over 900 people, the suicide of their supposed leader after he watched over the drinking of cyanide-laced Kool Aid, and the assassination of US Congressman Leo Ryan. I would like to know how many of you also find the phrase offensive, or find it simply a descriptor for a point of view with which you disagree.
There is a poll at the bottom of this page - vote! I note that it's a bit hard to read the answers because of the background - they are Yes - No - Ambivalent. Thanks [only to those who vote]