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CPAC's boy wonder swings left
Politico ^ | July 2, 2012 | Patrick Gavin

Posted on 07/02/2012 9:34:11 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

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.

Gay marriage? In favor. Obamacare? “It’s a good idea.” Who would he vote for (if he could) in November? “Probably Barack Obama.” His favorite TV shows? “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.” His favorite magazine? The New Yorker.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: brainwashedyouth; cpac; jonathankrohn; mushforbrains

1 posted on 07/02/2012 9:34:14 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d be checking for a brain tumor.


2 posted on 07/02/2012 9:36:20 AM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I suspect he will eventually be a poster boy for the famous Churchill quote about hearts, brains, and age. The kid still hasn’t started a family, bought a house, gotten a consequential job, completed an education, or begun paying taxes in a real way.


3 posted on 07/02/2012 9:38:56 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Teenage rebellion. When his own kids to it to him he’ll be a conservative again.


4 posted on 07/02/2012 9:39:17 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: Reagan69

Once this nimrod starts paying property taxes, he should see the wisdom of conservatism.


5 posted on 07/02/2012 9:39:31 AM PDT by 12Gauge687
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"The speech was something that a 13-year-old does. You haven’t formed all your opinions."

And of course at 17, those opinions are all well formed. Yeah, right. BTW, whose bright idea was it in the GOP to have a 13 year old giving a speech at a CPAC convention anyways? Pretty dumb if you ask me.
6 posted on 07/02/2012 9:40:57 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Reagan69
I’d be checking for a brain tumor.

Subfrontal - probably a meningioma
as him if he's lost his sense of smell too

7 posted on 07/02/2012 9:43:08 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“it’s not fun and it gets boring”

There you go, folks, the political mindset of a teenager. Hey if it’s not fun, who cares about right or wrong, values or anarchy?

But let’s lionize a 17 year old, way to go Politico.


8 posted on 07/02/2012 9:44:12 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sounds like a weak-minded kid without parental guidance, who is easily influenced by whoever he is exposed to. First “Georgia talk radio” and later Jon Leibowitz and Colbert. Pathetic.


9 posted on 07/02/2012 9:44:12 AM PDT by montag813
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To: Reagan69

His favorite TV shows? “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report.”

He was poisoned

I recommend making him sit through all seven seasons of Penn and Teller’s BULL$H!T. I know it is a last resort, but it could wake him the heck up.


10 posted on 07/02/2012 9:44:51 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, he’s smarter than Roberts. He figured out he was a liberal 40 years sooner.


11 posted on 07/02/2012 9:49:12 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: Reagan69
I’d be checking for a brain tumor.

That is a ridiculous comment. Brain tumors do not cause people to become liberals. I am restraining myself from saying what I really think. Maybe the first post to an article could be a bit more thought out. It really messes up a perfectly good discussion about an issue that might be somewhat thought provoking.

12 posted on 07/02/2012 9:52:20 AM PDT by webheart (King of the Run-On Sentence)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is he a sodomite?


13 posted on 07/02/2012 9:57:06 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Well, you know that old saying about being liberal when you’re young... my nieces are presently liberals, but the older one is beginning to come around again.


14 posted on 07/02/2012 9:58:55 AM PDT by theDentist (FYBO/FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
But a quick rundown of his current political stances suggests a serious pendulum swing away from the right.

I'd be checking his family tree for a relationship to Mitt Romney.

15 posted on 07/02/2012 9:59:01 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg
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To: Reagan69

more likely high-scrool faculty preparing him to apply to Liberal colleges


16 posted on 07/02/2012 10:03:51 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Free ThinkerNY

First item was gay “marriage.” Perhaps he`s been convinced he “qualifies.”

In any case, the words of a 13-year-old, no matter how bright he or she happens to be, should be taken as just that.. a bunch of words. Because their “opinions” can change upon the sight of the next shiny piece of bling, teenlets should be patted on the head, smiled upon, and thanked for playing.


17 posted on 07/02/2012 10:25:31 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is why a young man is not a fit person to attend lectures on political science, because he is not versed in the practical business of life from which politics draws its premises and subject-matter. Besides, he tends to follow his feelings, with the result that he will make no headway and derive no benefit from his course, since the object of it is not knowledge but action.

It makes no difference whether he is young in age or youthful in character; the defect is due not to lack of years, but to living and pursuing one's various aims under sway of the feelings; for to people like this, knowledge becomes as unprofitable as it is for those without self-control.

- Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
18 posted on 07/02/2012 11:02:42 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY
And of course Patrick Gavin of Politico was TOO busy tracking down Jonathan Krohn, instead of searching for all those young women, Obama zombies (Obama stash, and the don't need to pay rent, etc. etc.) in 2008.

A simple question put to them “Are you better off 4 years later” would do. If the ‘reporter’ is brave enough, “What did you do with your Obama stash’.

19 posted on 07/02/2012 11:35:25 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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.”

You are evolving, Johnathan, and I have disturbing news for you.
Seventeen is not the zenith of sober adult judgement, either.

Winston Churchill is credited with saying it, and he may be somewhat closer reality.

If you do not embrace socialism when you are 17, you have no heart.
If you still embrace socialism at 35, you have no brain.

True as a general statement, although it can be demonstrated that some really old people never enjoy a totally mature human brain. Frances Fox Piven comes to mind.

20 posted on 07/02/2012 11:39:48 AM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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.

Yeah, and I remember that hard-hitting piece that Politico did on brainwashed 13 year-olds in the liberal SF Bay area.

Oh, wait. No, I don't. They never did one.

21 posted on 07/02/2012 12:03:00 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Paleo Conservative

That would be my guess as well.


22 posted on 07/02/2012 12:20:37 PM PDT by Andy'smom
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To: ScottinVA
In any case, the words of a 13-year-old, no matter how bright he or she happens to be, should be taken as just that.. a bunch of words. Because their “opinions” can change upon the sight of the next shiny piece of bling, teenlets should be patted on the head, smiled upon, and thanked for playing.

That totally reminds me of that very short-lived TV show from CBS, Kid Nation. Season 2 was canceled, ostensibly due to "child labor laws." That is funny.

What was not funny is the basic premise, and the proof, as things progressed, that immaturity is real and pervasive, all encompassing and independent of chronological age. The liberal promoters of the show panicked.

I recorded all episodes because I could not believe my eyes when the show was first announced. Surely, some insanity was involved in creating the concept. The one factor never mentioned in the demise of the show, was the alarming similarity in the behavior of actual children, and the current Democrat party. That probably left a mark!

23 posted on 07/02/2012 1:12:50 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I'm sick and tired of all the attention paid to kids' opinions. This one is no different. Conservatives are so desperate for approval, we will elevate some snot-nosed skull-full-of-mush to celebrity status.

I remember when the Buffalo schools implemented some change to the dress code and the local media went out and interviewed students to get their opinions. And then reported, with a straight face, the little beggars' displeasure as if we should care.

24 posted on 07/02/2012 3:25:25 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So when did CPAC turn conservative?


25 posted on 07/03/2012 3:34:42 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: BfloGuy

Don’t know about conservatives, but CPAC doesn’t seem to have any.


26 posted on 07/03/2012 3:35:44 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This kid makes me cringe. I’ve never seen the speech, but now i’ll take a look at it and see what I think about it. but i’d like to say this: I was a conservative when i was 7, I’m a conservative now, probably even stronger of one now. This numbskull will eventually change (let’s hope) again. I’m sick and tired of the move towards normalizing the decadence that is homosexuality. does anyone have any idea how to combat this?


27 posted on 07/03/2012 9:31:30 AM PDT by FutureRocketMan (Romney 2012)
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