Jonathan Krohn was a conservative sensation when, in 2009 at the tender age of 13, he published a book Defining Conservatism and also spoke at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It was all rather harmless, though it was a little odd to see old politicians scrambling to associate themselves with a child’s view of politics and pronounce him the face of the next generation of conservatism.
But three years later and on the verge of going to college, Krohn’s views have changed. He now thinks that what he was saying then was just regurgitating the ‘ideological blather’ of the Georgia community he grew up in. Now he is in favor of same sex marriage, thinks that the Affordable Health Care Act is a good thing, his favorite TV shows are The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, and his favorite magazine is the New Yorker.
Again, this is not a big deal. Just as precocious 13-years are not that uncommon, neither is the fact that young people’s views change as they grow up.
What is deplorable is that his erstwhile conservative fans have viciously turned on him like they were spurned lovers, accusing him of dark motives and monstrous betrayals.
Just let it go, folks, and let Krohn go his own way. Krohn was not the Thomas Jefferson of conservatism then and he is not its Benedict Arnold now. He is just a teenager growing up.
Find a new child to be the face of your future. Rick Santorum has a house full of children and I am sure that at least one of them might serve the purpose.