At the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference a 13-year-old lad who, precisely as virtually all youngsters invariably follow the religion of their parents, followed the political persuasions of his parents. With little doubt, young Jonathan Krohn’s words made Republican Party members experience warm, fuzzy feelings.
As one would anticipate, his speech, that was seen by party faithful as a rallying cry for conservatism, went viral on the Internet, and he was immediately pegged as a rising star in the conservative Republican world. To cap that off and probably make the Newt beam, he wrote a book titled “Defining Conservatism.”
According to Krohn, he still watches that speech from time to time, but it “makes him cringe.” Now at 17, he has clearly matured a bit and had a change of mind and in his own words, “I think it was naive. 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.”
To that I would add, one hasn’t learned enough to form a mature and valid opinion about much of anything. When asked for whom he would vote today if he was of age, he replied “Obama.”
When Diane, my lovely bride for the past 46 years, and I were deeply involved in the North Carolina Republican Party during the Reagan era, she was the Teen Age Republican (TAR) adviser for Rockingham County, and I was the official North Carolina “Reagan-Bush 1984” campaign photographer.
She was so popular that during the state Republican Convention she was in line to be elected as the North Carolina State TAR adviser. During the convention she was interviewed by Sen. Helms’ “people” who informed her that if she accepted the position she could not, must not, have a public opinion that was in any way contrary to that of Helms’.
The interview lasted almost three hours and when she rejoined me, I asked her what happened. She informed me about the restrictions on her voice and said she refused the position, which made her 10-feet-tall in my estimation. She still has and uses her voice. What a woman!