Actually, Jim Jones cult was Bay Area Democrats

Actually, Jim Jones cult was Bay Area Democrats

Jonestown massacre Newsweek coverJohn Podesta, President Obama’s new guru, just apologized for saying of Republicans, “They need to focus on executive action given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.”

On Nov. 18, 1978 in Jonestown in Guyana, a city he started and was named after him, the “Rev.” Jim Jones induced 912 of his followers to “drink the Kool-Aid” spiked with Valium and cyanide, which is where we get that phrase. (Some accounts say it really was Flavor-Aid; other accounts say both drinks were used.)

I remember this well because at the time I was studying Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey and read everything I could about the massacre in the California newspapers, which thoroughly covered it because of the state connection and Jones’ prominence in politics here.

The “Rev.” Jones actually was an atheist communist con artist who used religion to build a personality cult around himself. Watch this YouTube of him and followers praising the Soviet Union singing the Soviet anthem:

Bay Area Democrats

Jones also was deeply plugged into the Bay Area and U.S. Democratic political establishments.

According to a 2012 article on Salon, a liberal website:

“Jim Jones, the strange and charismatic leader of Peoples Temple, proved a master at politically wiring San Francisco in the mid-1970s….

“Jones soon learned that his control over a well-organized, mixed-race army of some 8,000 dedicated followers gave him major stature with San Francisco’s liberal elite. Redevelopment had bulldozed the Fillmore’s political power into the ground. But now this strange white man with the hipster shades, Indian-black hair, and cadences of a black Bible-thumper seemed to be erecting a new political power line into the rubble-strewn, crime-ridden no-man’s-land. Jones could be counted on to deliver busloads of obedient, well-dressed disciples to demonstrations, campaign rallies, and political precincts. The city’s liberal Burton machine — run by congressional powerhouse Phil Burton — quickly identified the Peoples Temple juggernaut as a potentially game-changing ally in its long battle to take over city hall.

“It was Burton ally Willie Brown – a rising force in California’s state capital — who first recognized that Jones’s organization could play a pivotal role in his friend George Moscone’s run for mayor….

“In the December runoff between Moscone and [conservative Republican John] Barbagelata, Peoples Temple went even further to secure victory for its candidate. On the eve of the election, Jones filled buses with temple members in Redwood Valley and Los Angeles and shuttled them to San Francisco. Security at polling places was lax on Election Day, and many nonresidents were able to cast their ballots for Moscone, some more than once. ‘You could have run around to 1200 precincts and voted 1200 times,’ said a bitter Barbagelata later, after losing by a whisper of a margin. But he was not the only one who claimed that the Peoples Temple stole the election for George Moscone. Temple leaders also claimed credit.

“Moscone at first tried to appease him with a harmless post on the human rights commission. But the temple leader insisted on a position that had more clout, and the mayor decided he was in no position to alienate Jones. In October 1976 Moscone announced that he was naming Jones to the San Francisco Housing Authority, which oversees the operation of the city’s public housing. The agency, the largest landlord in the city, was a notorious maze of corruption, and it provided Jones’s organization with ample opportunity for shady self-dealing. A few months later, Moscone pulled strings to promote Jones, making him chairman….”

Jones was a little bipartisan, although not deeply involved in Republican politics the way he was with Democrats:

“But Jones was also happy to exchange mutually complimentary correspondence with the offices of then-former Gov. and future President] Ronald Reagan and statesman Henry Kissinger.”

And this presidential connection:

“During the 1976 presidential campaign, Jones wangled a private meeting with Jimmy Carter’s wife, Rosalynn, at the elegant Stanford Court Hotel on Nob Hill, arriving with a security contingent that was larger than her Secret Service squad. Later Jones accompanied Moscone and a group of Democratic dignitaries who climbed aboard vice presidential candidate Walter Mondale’s private jet when it touched down at San Francisco International Airport.”

Jerry Brown

And then- and current-Gov. Jerry Brown would not be left out of the fun:

“Governor Jerry Brown sang the preacher’s praises. Congressman John Burton, Phil’s brother, lobbied the governor to appoint Jones to the high-profile board of regents, which oversaw California’s sprawling public university system. San Francisco Supervisor – now U.S. Senator — Dianne Feinstein accepted an invitation to lunch with Jones and to tour Peoples Temple.”

And Harvey Milk, later assassinated with Moscone:

“But no political figures were more gushing in their praise of Jones than Willie Brown and Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s rising tribune of gay freedom. Milk, a perennial candidate for office until he finally won a supervisor’s seat in 1977, aggressively sought Jones’s political blessing. ‘Our paths have crossed,’ Milk wrote Jones during an earlier campaign for supervisor, in a letter filled with the kind of awed reverence that the cult leader demanded from his followers. ‘They will stay crossed. It is a fight that I will walk with you into . . . The first time I heard you, you made a statement: “Take one of us, and you must take all of us.” Please add my name.’”

Podesta is from Chicago and has been a Democratic fixer and political operative for decades. So maybe he wasn’t aware of the Jonestown connection to his Democratic Party.

One question remains: As Podesta spruces up the Obama administration, will the prescription for fixing Obamacare include patients drinking the Kool-Aid?


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  1. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 19 December, 2013, 00:58

    Would suggest laying off this tragedy in respect for the victims and their grieving families.

    And remember the fragility of unsuspecting human beings.

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    • Dyspeptic
      Dyspeptic 19 December, 2013, 11:10

      “Would suggest laying off this tragedy”

      I would suggest laying off of inane comments like the above.

      The Jonestown mass suicide is an iconic and fascinating American tragedy and is therefore fair game for any political commentator. If you can’t handle it’s political implications then you should stick to reading the comic section of your local fish wrap or following Miley Cyrus on Twitter.

      At any rate, Mr. Podesta is a stereotypical establishment political hack and, consequently, a disgusting, venal, loathsome, totalitarian creep. The world would be a better place if this slug would just shut the eff up and go away. Maybe he needs a swig of Kool-Aid to get his mind right.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler Author 19 December, 2013, 13:03

      To quote Rambo: Dey drew first blood, not me.

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    • concerned
      concerned 21 April, 2017, 10:32

      I would not “lay off” this subject so to ensure this never happens again. 35 years off silence is long enough

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    • BMF . E Pluribus UNUM
      BMF . E Pluribus UNUM 13 May, 2018, 18:04

      We will not.Peoples Temple Cult leader Jim Jones and Democrats party leaders Moonbeam aka gov jerry Brown. We will not forget the political ties to the CA democrap Nationalist Socialist Leftists academic political creeps.

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    • trippn
      trippn 16 June, 2018, 08:53

      Absolutely not. The terrorist DNC must be brought to heel.

      Scumbag swine like Brown should be locked in prison.

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    • Angela
      Angela 18 November, 2018, 20:59

      The DemoRat Party has always been full of AntiAmerican Marxist Scum! Jim Jones chose Guyana because it was a Marxist Communist Regime. Many of those people did not willingly drink the kool aide! During examinations of the bodies, the authorities found needle marks on their arms & hands & evidence some were held down & injected with the cyanide!
      Many of the Old Guard Democrats in California had relationships with Jim Jones! Dianne Feinstein, Moonbeam Jerry Brown, & the rest of the prominent California Dems! Jim Jones was in charge of Housing Authority, I believe that was his job. He & his ilk were making money off massive corruption & like typical DemoRats, ripping off American Taxpayers! They keep trying to implement their Marxist Doctrines!
      I Left California Years Ago because it’s a Lawless Cesspool Shithole Destroyed by DemoRats! If anyone is thinking of leaving California, don’t bring your Leftist BS to the rest of the Country!

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    • BigDieselChicago
      BigDieselChicago 30 January, 2019, 06:25

      Give me a break. We will never forget this tragedy. We must remind people of it everyday so that it doesn’t repeat itself. And is it REALLY the victims that you are worried about here, or your politicians? Willie Brown, Phil Burton, Jerry Brown, Nancy Pelosi and many of the goons that made Jim Jones possible are still here and need to be called out. Nancy, I know that’s you. Give it up!!!

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  2. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 19 December, 2013, 15:04

    Jackie Speier was part of the delegation that went to investigate Jonestown and was close to being killed, congressman Leo Ryan was killed…it was a crazy cult. Murdering cult.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie 17 November, 2016, 15:50

      The trip to Jonestown was a publicity stunt that went wrong. Watch the Jonestown segment on American Experience. Ryan was singing their praises the night before he was shot, and Speier was in the audience laughing it all up. If they were so concerned, why did they go there unarmed and in a tiny plane that only held a couple dozen people? We will never know the whole story.

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      • JWC
        JWC 2 May, 2018, 16:50

        Not at all. Ryan himself said that his contingent was there to investigate the cult. That was their very reason for going. Up until that Friday night on which he said that, the cult had succeeded promulgating their narrative. He only witnessed the real truth once individuals like Vern Gosney and others expressed their interested in leaving – Saturday – the very day of the assault on Ryan/his group and the ultimate massacre.

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      • duke
        duke 25 November, 2018, 20:17

        read heavenly deceptor for in depth

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    • Jen
      Jen 4 July, 2018, 05:36

      I wonder what type of cult America is under?& what type of political party is involved if any, is America being led in a massacre & don’t realize it ,without drinking lemonade,but yet headed to holocaust Destruction while quietly stand n by,!!!!

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 21 December, 2013, 16:04

    Some people on this site are so irreverant, it almost makes wonder who regularily strapped these people and locked them in cages and salted their wounds..

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  4. Divedude
    Divedude 27 January, 2016, 20:31

    I’m glad I found this report. I’m a cattle farmer in GA and today as I was feeding our cows I found myself thinking about “they drank too much Kool Aid” and remembered the day when Jim Jones followers perished, and how this analogy is commonly used against conservatives. To my surprise, not, I found political affiliation of Jim Jones. No surprise!

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    • Ross
      Ross 23 July, 2017, 09:56

      Conservatives will always use false accusations against all liberals too. Liberals would never approve of this man.

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      • bb
        bb 6 September, 2017, 09:56

        cept liberals did approve of this man.

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      • PC stinks
        PC stinks 6 April, 2018, 11:56

        Liberals don’t ever make false statements about conservatives, nope, never. And btw, liberals were all over this nut for mass votes from his cult clan. Truth will set ur liberal mind free. Now go drink the kool aid again.

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  5. Slrminav
    Slrminav 12 April, 2017, 15:24

    How absurd. This is a Dem town. There were no Republicans for him to schmooze locally anyway.

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    • Concerned
      Concerned 15 October, 2017, 22:07

      Except that there were Republicans back then, one of which almost won the election and became mayor. Jones actually helped make sure he lost, including election fraud. So yes, there were Republicans. Republicans would never go for his vision of socialist and communist government though. Democrats sure did though, and still are.

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  6. JWC
    JWC 2 May, 2018, 16:51

    Not at all. Ryan himself said that his contingent was there to investigate the cult. That was their very reason for going. Up until that Friday night on which he said that, the cult had succeeded promulgating their narrative. He only witnessed the real truth once individuals like Vern Gosney and others expressed their interested in leaving – Saturday – the very day of the assault on Ryan/his group and the ultimate massacre.

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  7. Jean Cooper
    Jean Cooper 21 May, 2018, 01:21

    This is the perfect anology of today’s Demorats. Regardless of all of the evidence that has been proven so far that the DOJ, Obama’s appointees, Hillary’s crime family, George Soros and members of our judicial system are guilty of treason, collusion, racketeering, child pornography etc they still drink the same koolaid if old. They still cheat like this same fringe people dud

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  8. Silvermoon
    Silvermoon 2 September, 2018, 07:51

    Watching Jerry Brown continue to manipulate people & system I’ve always believed he learned many teaching from Jim Hones. His continued push to make anyone accused or convicted of a crime believe he is their answer, that they only had a future and value if he choose to give them freedoms and power is dangerous and it’s dangerous for the individuals themselves, dangerous to the working class Californian’s and the retired and dangerous to veterans . Those still voting Democrat in Calif with a job or a company, a retirement or property are losing all rapidly and I fear the loss for our state.
    Many of us have left hoping to return in better times, but the prospect of better times seems bleak with with Brown yet again manipulating felons by “allowing” them voting frights while once again raising gas tax on working Californians is criminal at best and yet it seems those voting for his policies are in a trace and deep nightmare, where only the awake feel and see the destruction of our beautiful land. These days of a seemingly mad max at times are getting rapidly worse. Those working and investing are to busy paying to live in Ca to participate in a solution. Wake up California, please for sake of all- Wake up !

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  9. Don
    Don 25 September, 2018, 18:32

    If you don’t know the Truth, you won’t recognize a lie. John 8:31-32 Jesus said: you shall know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. John 14: 6 IAM the Way, the Truth and The Life No one comes to the Father except Through Me.

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  10. pizzapeel
    pizzapeel 13 October, 2018, 14:38

    that explains a lot!
    dems are a religion
    the voters a flock. and the church owns everything

    trump is a businessman.
    his voters own themselves, create wealth and trade it

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  11. Sean
    Sean 27 June, 2019, 07:54

    And…Timothy McVeigh & the terrorist organization known as “the order” were right wing… Two can play this silly & divisive game

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