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Monday, July 02, 2012

He probably figured out that hanging out with people who embrace Lila Rose won't get him laid
Posted by Jill | 4:53 PM
Remember this creepfest from 2009?

That's Jonathan Krohn, age 13. You may have seen part of this clip on Real Time last Friday. Now, if you're a normal person, you probably saw that and thought that it was a kid parroting what he'd seem his parents watching on Fox News...either that or someone trying out for the Billy Mumy role in the remake of the "It's a Good Life" episode of The Twilight Zone. And you'd be right. But at the time, conservatives were salivating like Jerry Sandusky in a Chuck-E-Cheese bathroom room at this bright, poised little brownshirt of the future.

Ah, but they grow up so fast, don't they? Today young Mr. Krohn is seventeen and singing a different tune:
Jonathan Krohn took the political world by storm at 2009’s Conservative Political Action Conference when, at just 13 years old, he delivered an impromptu rallying cry for conservatism that became a viral hit and had some pegging him as a future star of the Republican Party.

Now 17, Krohn — who went on to write a book, “Defining Conservatism,” that was blurbed by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Bill Bennett — still watches that speech from time to time, but it mostly makes him cringe because, well, he’s not a conservative anymore.

“I think it was naive,” Krohn now says of the speech. “It’s a 13-year-old kid saying stuff that he had heard for a long time.… I live in Georgia. We’re inundated with conservative talk in Georgia.… The speech was something that a 13-year-old does. You haven’t formed all your opinions. You’re really defeating yourself if you think you have all of your ideas in your head when you were 12 or 13. It’s impossible. You haven’t done enough.”

Krohn won’t go so far as to say he’s liberal, in part because his move away from conservatism was a move away from ideological boxes in general. “I want to be Jonathan Krohn,” he said, “and I’m tired of being an ideology, and it’s not fun and it gets boring and it’s not who we are as individuals.” But a quick rundown of his current political stances suggests a serious pendulum swing away from the right.

Welcome to the world of thinking individuals, Mr. Krohn. I'm sure you'll figure it all out...on your own.

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Blogger Bob said...
I know how hard it is to grow up in a strongly Republican family & begin, little by little, as a Teenager, to resist the obligatory beliefs & opinions. I remember every step I took, at time when the Democratic Party was no sanctuary. The inspiring leaders, like Dr. King & Cesar Chavez, were outsiders. I am the only one in my generation - two brothers, a sister, step-sister & step-brother, to became a [GASP] liberal. & some of them are so crazy right wing that they would be unrecognizable to the typical Jersey Republican of the Sixties.