Jonathan Krohn is a 14-year-old pundit and author of a new book on conservative values. If you haven’t seen his clips, they are worth checking out. I’ve been asking folks to give me their impression of him.
Some people think of him as precocious and inspiring, an example of what political activism and investment can look like even for the youngest (pre-voting) Americans.
Others are far more harsh, dismissing him as brainwashed, as a victim of “ideological child abuse” spouting little more than canned platitudes. His fans think he is injecting a wonderful new energy in the political landscape. Detractors say that he is simply too young and “affected” (one person’s pejorative take on his presentational style) to really have anything valuable to say about politics. The latter seems to harsh; the former too naively hopeful.
Last month, Khrohn gave a two-minute speech at the CPAC conference that is also worth watching:
So, what do folks think about the Khronian effect? Is it real? An example of robust teen-politicking at its best or an instance of the mere simulacra of politics?
Just as interesting, I think, is the story of an Oregon boy banned for an Obama-masked dance. How does one do justice to the ins and outs of this story? If you haven’t seen it, take a look. And let me know how you make sense of it:
Local school says no to Obama act
A colleague sent me the aforementioned video, and I find it quite intriguing. I’d love a wise word or two from folks about how to make sense of either one of these stories.