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In the chaotic and bewildering dark forest of the Republican Party a reasonable voice has risen.  This voice could be debated on interpretations of its principles but none the less, this voice seems like it might be safe and worthy of discourse.

I recently listened to a conservative speak for the first time in years and didn’t get that burning feeling in my stomach that encouraged me to throw something at the source of the agitation...a shoe, a book whatever I could reach for and blister towards the T.V. or the radio...ending the drip...drip....drip torture of right wing hate propaganda.  How refreshing it was!  No, I didn’t necessarily agree with it but I could live with it.  My life could exist within the framework of leadership that has a respect for the constitution, respect for life, less (but still efficient) government and personal responsibility.  These are principles, that with maybe some debate over interpretation, I can listen to and feel good and not feel like throwing things around!  They don’t scare me, they don’t perplex me and they don’t make me worry for the country with where I live.

Listen up 13 year old Jonathon Krohn!  Here is your voice!  No need to look further.

You see, Jonathon’s voice is not one of;

Rush Limbaugh’s hoping for American failure....kinda like his three failed marriages, failed ability to counter his impulses with prescription pills or even whatever his failure might be represented in with his recent cache of Viagra;

Nor is Jonathon’s voice one of bloody revolution like Sean "Calamity" Hannity’s;

Nor is Jonathon’s voice one that whines "victimhood" to the American public like Sarah Palin’s did when America realized that she has never read anything deeper than Reader’s Digest or USA Today;

Nor is his voice one of accusing Obama of wanting to be the Messiah when he never suggested such nor did anyone on the left but it was only, and continues to always be, Anne Coulter who seeks  minimizing extraordinary potential by juxtaposing it with silly and inaccurate labels.  Anyway Anne, your party is the one seeking Messiah’s not mine;

Nor is Jonathon’s voice one of exaggerated merit and the need to be Superman like Bobby Jindal’s revised account of his on the spot heroics around Katrina...a true Republican oversight;

Nor is his voice one of Michael Steele’s who seems so pressed to get "jiggy" with his "bling-bling";

Nor is his voice one of crazed apocalyptic desires where we should all hoard kerosene in 50 gallon drums, store weapons in our attics and put steel bars on all of our windows because Glenn Beck sees the "End of Days";

Nor is Jonathon’s voice one like Michelle Malkin resonating with a shrill as she poses for a cute candid photos standing next to guys holding swastika posters;

Nor is his voice billowing louder than many of the rest with Bill O’Reilly’s "vast left wing conspiracies";

Nor, finally, Jonathon Khron’s voice is not one that believes, like Andrew Wilkow’s, that his world is so small he "must be doing something right" if he is "pissing off the left"...that somehow that is noble living as also seems to be the small world visions of much of rightwing extreme talk radio gurus like Mark Levin, Mike Church, Brian & the Judge, etc.

No, 13 year old Jonathon Krohn makes sense from a conservative perspective.  He talks of principles not hate, not failure, not anger and not lies.  This is the voice that the Republicans need and it is 13 years old!  How ironic is that?

So listen up conservatives your messiah has landed but pay attention because he is not loud and he is not billowing over with anger so he might not be noticed.

Put your toys down and play.  It’s time to act your age.  Your adolescent-like rage has just been trumped by a calm and steady adolescent voice.

C’mon Anne stop playing with your hair and listen up...easy Glenn put down your can of Kerosene...huffing that is not a good thing...Michael take your hands of Rush, you don’t have to do that for him attention boys and girls a 13 year old boy just spoke more sense in less than three minutes than all of you have spoken in the past 8 years.

Originally posted to GalenSevinne on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 08:34 AM PST.

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  •  Oh crap (3+ / 0-)
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    Steve Singiser, The Raven, 2questions

    He turns 35 in 22 years!  We only have two decades of dominance left! :)

    Nice diary.  But I don't want them to wise up just yet.

    Where's the tip jar?

    The cake WAS a lie. But with some targeted confection spending and a couple of Republican Senators on board, we can get back on the road to cake again.

    by stunzeed on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 08:41:21 AM PST

    •  He won't be able to vote for 8 years... (1+ / 0-)
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      second gen

      Barack Obama's example of respect for the Constitution, belief in responsibility, respect for human life, and respect for true freedom might convert this boy into a Democrat.

      Again I think that many in this thread are viewing what the boy said through the lenses of ideology and party that he rejected.

      "War is a Racket" - MajGen Smedley D. Butler, USMC(ret)

      by PvtJarHead on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 09:10:03 AM PST

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      •  At least not for President that is. n/t (0+ / 0-)

        "War is a Racket" - MajGen Smedley D. Butler, USMC(ret)

        by PvtJarHead on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 11:03:26 AM PST

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        •  I meant 22 years until he can run for Prez. (0+ / 0-)

          It's more likely that he'll be cocooned by the Republicans and privately tutored on how to hate, exclude, and foster ignorance over the next 10 years.  He won't become a Democrat - there's too much money to be had.

          Since Jindal's out, he's the next great hope for the party.

          The cake WAS a lie. But with some targeted confection spending and a couple of Republican Senators on board, we can get back on the road to cake again.

          by stunzeed on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 11:16:00 AM PST

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          •  That's a bold assumption... (0+ / 0-)
            Considering he's already foundationally rejected the ideology and the party.  The party would be better off turning themselves around to his way of thinking.

            "War is a Racket" - MajGen Smedley D. Butler, USMC(ret)

            by PvtJarHead on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 12:31:07 PM PST

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  •  To say I disagree . . . (7+ / 0-)

    would be an understatement. He roles out the same  tired and worn out tropes of personal responsibility, respect for the constitution, personal freedoms and the the right to life. The last two being diametrically opposed to each other.

    He offers nothing different other than the fact that he is thirteen.

    In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

    by jsfox on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 08:48:52 AM PST

  •  The kid wasn't articulate (3+ / 0-)
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    AlanF, OnlyWords, no puma

    I gave him a listen at the time because there was a lot of buzz around him, what, being a lil' prodigy an' all. But as you see, there's a lot of stuff he wants to say but can't get it all out at once so he keeps regressively backtracking and it all spills out in a nervous jumble. That's the delivery.

    As for the content, not much to say - he was suckled at the Reagan teat and he has been schooled in Norquist and tax cuts. Personal responsibility. Small government. All the other lies.

    The real excitement around him is that he holds the promise that bullshit conservative republican ideas can still seize hold of the young and their party isn't doomed to die with the expiry of old frightened and angry white people.

    Every day's another chance to stick it to The Man. - dls.

    by The Raven on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 08:51:19 AM PST

    •  you get tt he disconnect for republican ideology (1+ / 0-)
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      they don't mean it...

      The motive is separated from the rhetoric...

      That is why it becomes a lie...

      If they meant it, I could accept it as an opposing viewpoint, but they use the frame of an opposing viewpoint to acheive other aims.

  •  It is indeed ironic (4+ / 0-)

    that  a 13-year-old boy sounds like a reasoned, principled conservative, and that the rest of them sound like, well, 13-year-old boys.

    grumble grumble mutter mutter

    by Crashing Vor on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 08:53:15 AM PST

  •  schaeffer on CNN last night was great (0+ / 0-)

    he was interviewed by roland martin who stood in for the no bull no bias lady.
    He is a conservative who voted for Obama and he was very lucid, surreal almost, in his arguments on why Obama needs to succeed as opposed to the youth rethug who was shrill and violent.

  •  Just another Republican with old ideas and (4+ / 0-)
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    chicago jeff, jhop7, stunzeed, no puma

    bringing nothing new to the table.  Another Santorum in waiting, I fear.

    The only smarts I have are that I'm smart enough to know I can outwork 'em- Woody Hayes

    by Mighty Ike on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 08:55:10 AM PST

  •  Wow, he's the perfect republican poster child, (3+ / 0-)
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    AlanF, The Raven, chicago jeff

    all pure, wanton ideology, no reality.  Conservative?  And wishing Newt and Sarah on us?  Such creatures of rhetoric need an education, not a pulpit.  With his current level of success and limelight (notice the symbolic handshake as he passes "Joe the" on the way up) he may never face that reconciliation.

  •  wow is that grading on a pathetic curve. (2+ / 0-)
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    AlanF, FutureNow

    as someone who thinks a lot of conservatism can be reconciled with liberal/progressive governance, albeit with a lot of wisdom and handholding, i just have to say that the policies attached to contemporary conservatism are like crud that needs to be scraped off the souls of people's boots before they come inside.

    we see some of this -- though imperfectly -- with Andrew Sullivan and some others who are pretty much rejected by the deadenders who see this kid or Joe the Plumbee or Sarah the Palin as their saviors.

    this kid might grow up to be a tucker carlson or bobby jindal someday but it looks like he might just get stuck swirling around and around in some reactionary backwater.

    "I don't dislike all Republicans--just the disingenuous idiot liars."

    by chicago jeff on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 09:06:45 AM PST

  •  you guys are a tough bunch (1+ / 0-)
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    the kid is 13 years old...i would hope we all would show reserve in expressing hatred towards him because of what he stands for.  At least he can express himself without using the language of hate or divisivness.  While I don't agree with conservative principles, i do appreciate respectful and productive debate.

  •  Listened to the Speech (2+ / 0-)
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    AlanF, OnlyWords

    As they used to say about Oakland, "There is no there there."  It was content-free blather.  If I run across his book, I might read it, but I don't see anything to yell about.  Heck the most deep blue progressive could run on those planks.

    1.  Respect for the Constitution -- end warrantless wiretapping, close Gitmo, stop equating disagreement with treason.
    1.  Respect for life -- health care for all, stop discriminatory use of the death penalty, stop the pointless war in Iraq.
    1.  Less government -- see #1 above.  Also end nobid contracts and corporate tax giveaways.
    1.  Personal responsibility -- admit you solicited sex in a restroom, outed a CIA agent, started an unjust war, bankrupted our nation, etc., etc.

    So let's get some true "Krohn conservatives" elected, and call them what they really are -- progressives.  (Only slight sarcasm intended.)

    •  again my point wasn't (0+ / 0-)

      to get a 13 year old elected!  Nor will i run out to buy his book.  It was just the first time I heard someone who is passionate about being a conservative talk about it without all the crap we hear from the list of leaders I diared.  i really don't want him to be president in 2012.

  •  The crux for me (1+ / 0-)
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    "I got into politics when I was eight years old. Six years now. And I got involved because I started listening to talk radio. It goes back to one event. The Democrats filibustered something in the Senate when I was eight years old. I don't remember what it was on and I didn't honestly care when I was eight years old. I cared about the history and the Senate rules," he told the Huffington Post. "I listened to Bill Bennett and tons of other talk show hosts who talked about that and other policies and started branching out and caring about other issues in regards to politics. Bill Bennett really became an idol for me. I listened to him every morning from 6 to 9 for, oh, years. And I started learning more and started to be able to think on my own, understanding politics on my own. I started to be able to use my mind to engage in political conversations under the conservative banner."

    I suspect the kid's self-narrative and self-assessment are not all that much more reliable than mine at his age, when I thought that I was thinking for myself but had never been confronted with a worldview from people who thought substantially differently from me.

    He claimed to have listened to Bennett from 6 to 9 in the morning for years. Unless he was homeschooled, I don't see how that was possible. And even if he was homeschooled, and his parents let/had him spend 15 hours a week listening to Bill Bennett, I'm not surprised he turned out like he did.

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    by AlanF on Tue Mar 03, 2009 at 10:24:39 AM PST

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