Mar 14, 2009
Matchmaking the Celebrepublicans
Alex P. Keaton meets the slightly older woman. Look out, Washington!
See here for Krohn video. He reminds me of my 8th-grade classmate Scott Brodbeck who took the Republican position while debating Philip Brooks at Valley Springs Middle School, Election 1980. If I recall, Scott and Philip both did a good job focusing on policy differences between Reagan and Carter. I would have gone for entertainment over substance, and maybe that's why the teachers didn't pick me.
Image from Yahoo! news feed.
I find the whole Jonathan Krohn thing really perplexing.
Don't get me wrong--I'm all for encouraging nascent talent in kids, and the kid is certainly unusually articulate for his age, and probably rather smart to boot. But I can't help but think he's going to cringe over a significant portion of this when he's older, whether he remains conservative or not.
And even though I don't consider myself conservative (at all), I do care about a healthy discussion of ideas (rather than politics) from all over the ideological spectrum. And I find it rather discouraging that a good chunk of the right seems to be fawning over an exceptionally articulate 14-year-old.
Sometimes the short attention span of our news cycle has its advantages...
Posted by: B | Mar 16, 2009 11:26:23 PM
He's articulate, but all he articulates is the same abstract "speaking in tongues" as Sarah Palin. Blah blah small government blah blah individual rights blah blah constitution. He does not address any specific issues or how to deal with them -- it's like they think The Constitution or Small Government will deal properly with Pakistan or the economic crisis. They are amazing advocates for their ideology and lousy advocates for actual ways to deal with current problems. Dealing with the problems, as far as I can tell, necessitates liberalism -- government saving business where business screwed up, and government negotiating for a palatable situation in the Middle East where threats and force have only lead to more threats and force.
In their determination not to actually learn about today's issues and instead parrot this abstract nonsense, conservatives parade one vapid commenter after another: Glenn Beck; Joe the Plumber who became a "reporter" on Pajamas Media, a conservative online network of bloggers and vloggers; Dr. Helen, also on Pajamas Media; and now this insufferable little punk. May he too join Pajamas Media where he won't have to comb his hair or brush his teeth again.
Last week I watched Dr. Helen interview several conservatives who are Going Galt a la Atlas Shrugged. One was an out of work engineer in CA who was currently denying society whatever contribution he otherwise would be making to the workforce. When asked if he would break the law demonstrating for his cause, he said, "They can't arrest us all." There was also a literally purple-haired woman in her 20's who had taken her money out of a bank and put it in a credit union. (Whoa. Let's not get too crazy there!) And the third was a college student who liked to talk to his friends and trade ideas on . . . you guessed it . . . facebook.
That was it. That was Going Galt. It's like being a hippy -- not even a fervent one -- but with short (albeit sometimes colored) hair. And for a while I've felt that neoconservatism is liberalism with tanks.
Sorry to get all pissy on your blog. I should reserve it for my own.
Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Mar 26, 2009 3:44:20 PM
Elrond -- you're more than welcome to do that here. And feel free to link to your own specific blogposts. I'm happy to host your comments and links.
Posted by: Phil | Mar 26, 2009 3:47:03 PM