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November 26, 2012

We’re being stifled by political correctness

Have you heard the term “don’t drink the Kool-Aid?” It is part of the common vernacular, yet there is a generation too young to remember that horrible day in November 1978, and whose understanding of that phrase may only be what they learned in history class, if they were paying attention.

Since this election, what has come to my attention is how eerily similar the mentality is today to those people who “followed the leader” to their own demise.

In 1978, Rev. Jim Jones, a man with no formal theological training, had a vision of a communist community in which everyone lived together in harmony and worked for the common good.

He told his followers he stood for Divine principles and his utopia would be a society where there would be total equality, where race didn’t exist, and where people would own all things in common, thus eliminating rich versus poor. Sounded good in theory and 913 people bought it ... at least for a little while.

In reading about the last days leading up to the massacre, what stood out to me was one woman who spoke up against Jones’ idea of hurrying to drink the deadly cocktail before the government arrived to take over his utopia.

Jones quickly rallied his followers to change her mind and the crowd spoke against her. She gave in.

This bodes two questions: How often do we “give in” under the auspices of being politically correct and not being ostracized? How well is it working for us?

Since the election, I have had more than a few interesting discussions publicly and privately. Being conservative, Republican, and Christian is not for the faint of heart. I have been called by some “uninformed, close-minded, closed-hearted” with a nice insinuation of “bigoted” and “racist” thrown in for good measure.

At least now, I’m fortunate enough to have been educated that the “Age of Enlightenment” was a period of time invented only by Al Gore, the Democrats, and a few Independents. Thank you.

As conservatives and Christians, where is our forum to speak religiously and politically? We are rendered virtually impotent by political correctness.

Yes, there were the “Tea Parties” and there is still the freedom in this country to engage in those demonstrations. In the end, I think Boston is still ahead in the stats.

On the political side, the national debt has skyrocketed along with the percentage of Americans who pay zero federal taxes (49.5 percent) and we’re not to question it, but accept it as the great economic equalizer. Sound familiar?

We viewed our president bow to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and the media practically portrayed him as just being polite. We observed that Obama’s political mentors range from a Communist Party organizer to an anti-white, anti-American black separatist minister, but the portrayal is that he has an eclectic group of friends. As for the Benghazi attack in Libya, only one word fits in my opinion — amoral.

On more personal issues, Octomom on welfare has replaced the Brady Bunch, the $10,000 Dollar Pyramid has inverted the other way, and McGruff the crime dog is working overtime.

But this is the new world. Get with it, and can we pass the Kool-Aid please?

While I have had my taste of the drink, I am thankful this holiday that I lived to tell about it.

I am thankful for my family, my 93-year-old grandmother who instilled in me values that won’t allow me to take the Christ out of Christmas, and a son who I know will take those values into the next generation.

Kim Ruppert

Cumberland

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