A Conservative Kid Grows Up - Whatever Happened to “Conservative Kid”?

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A Conservative Kid Grows Up - Whatever Happened to “Conservative Kid”?

By: Chris O'Shea

Kids, even child prodigies, aren't that bright. The main reason is that they don't have experience with, you know, life. They have opinions and — especially teenagers — think that they know everything, but they simply don't. Think about how stupid you were as a kid: You acted like an idiot and thought Brussels sprouts were gross. But as you aged, you encountered different situations and people that changed you for the better. One person who is finding this all out under the public eye is Jonathan Krohn, the GOP wonder boy of just a few years ago.

Krohn definitely falls under the child prodigy category. The kid was published at age nine and at the tender age of 13, he was blasted into conservative superstardom when he delivered a passionate speech at CPAC, which stands for Conservative Political Action Conference and is an annual get together of all the pretty much anyone who is anyone in the American political right. The speech was ridiculous, but it was a hit among the conservatives.  You can check it out below. One CPAC attendee likened him to a young Ronald Reagan; another said he would lead the party in the future. His star power continued to rise with Republicans, and he wrote a book which the likes of Newt Gingrich praised. But somewhere along the way, something odd happened to Krohn: He lived life and change his opinion on some stuff.  Shocking, we know.

“One of the first things that changed was that I stopped being a social conservative,” Krohn  recently told Politico, regarding what happened to him since 2010. "It just didn’t seem right to me anymore. From there, it branched into other issues, everything from health care to economic issues... I think I’ve changed a lot, and it’s not because I’ve become a liberal from being a conservative — it’s just that I thought about it more. The issues are so complex, you can’t just go with some ideological mantra for each substantive issue."

Krohn now admits that he really had no idea what he was talking about during his CPAC speech. This is because, like all young people, they just don't know everything they think they do. "What does a kid who has never paid a tax bring to the table in a conversation about the burden of taxes?" Krohn writes in a Salon op-ed that was published on Sunday. "What does a healthy child know about people who can’t afford healthcare because of preexisting conditions? No matter how intelligent a person might be, certain political issues require life experience; they’re much more complicated than the black and white frames imposed by partisan America."

Naturally, his evolution has upset conservatives. The Daily Caller has published three pieces about him and of course, Krohn's parents weren't "overjoyed." But what can you expect from people getting so excited about what a 13 year old said?

Sure, conservatives might be upset and his parents might be disappointed, but they shouldn't be. Krohn simply changed because of life. 

So what has little Jonny been up to since? Writing for Washington Post, Newsweek, USA Today, among others. He's on Twitter, so go catch up with his latest antics.

[Pic via Screengrab of Jonathan Krohn's CPAC Speech]

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