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Talk about drinking the Kool-Aid! The origin of that phrase stems from the incident Dave Hager uses to open his letter (“America on suicide watch”) from the Friday, Dec. 20 edition of The Wilson Times in order to launch another attack on the president. An interesting opening and terrifying that people could have been so deluded and misled as to allow the crazed Jim Jones to talk them into suicide.
However, the attempt to paint America under Trump as some sort of mega-Jonestown falls apart quickly. Jim Jones was a slick talker who only used his power over others to aggrandize himself and lead his followers down the path to perdition. President Trump is also a smooth talker, but he has used his sphere of influence to better the lives of millions through reduced numbers of folks on the welfare rolls and dependency on food stamps through increased employment for all demographics.
The rambling nature of the letter and the baseless charges such as, “millions of women marching to finally get equal rights, equal pay and equal justice” are nonsensical and occurred years ago. Equality under the law has been in place for a long time. It seems that Mr. Hager and others have gotten stuck in the anger phase of their grieving over the outcome of the 2016 election. Whether this is due to emotional immaturity or some other more deep-rooted pathology could be discovered through therapy.
However one wishes to construe the unbridled anger and seething rage, it is clear that these people need to step back, take a deep breath and work within the framework of our Constitution and electoral institutions in order to achieve an outcome that is pleasing to them in the 2020 elections. By continuing on the path of denial and anger, they only damage themselves and the country. Please, take heed.