A far greater reason to speak about Jonathan Krohn
This summer 12, 2012Andisheh NouraeeComments
A lot of you understand the storyline of Jonathan Krohn. He’s the Atlanta child conservative who had been lionized by Republicans bigwigs after giving an address at 2009’s CPAC convention as he was just 13. Krohn was in this news a week ago after Politico ran a tale announcing lucrative views themself a political progressive.
Until today I’ve made an item of staying away from covering Krohn. I did not think it had been fair to scrutinize him too carefully for that words he spoke at CPAC, nor do believe it’s fair to provide him grief for altering his mind. What’s the purpose of learning when we don’t allow what we should learn how to change the brain? We ought to venerate individuals who change their brains after being uncovered to new information. Altering the mind ought to be as American as apple cake . . . or perhaps an American-flag deviled tray.
To Krohn. I’m breaking my self-enforced Krohnbargo not to speak about his politics or even the jerks who say mean items to him contributing to him. Rather I wish to draw attention that, holy crap, at 17 Jonathan Krohn has already been an incredible essayist.
His recent Salon essay on his political evolution is fluid, frank, and uncommonly self-aware.
I was tired of the right using me as an example of how young people “get” what they’re talking about — when it’s obvious that I didn’t get what I talking about at all. I mean, come on, I was between 13 and 14 when I was regurgitating these talking points! What does a kid who has never paid a tax bring to the table in a conversation about the burden of taxes? 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.
He’s also very funny:
So this is what this story boils down to: A 17-year-old has different opinions than he did at 13. People may be disappointed by how underwhelming that is, but it’s how the world works. Some people move on with life, mature, and realize that they don’t know everything nor will they ever know everything. Then again, some don’t. I would love it if a bunch of angry right-wingers stopped saying stupid things about me. I also want a six-pack, a mansion in the Hamptons and a beautiful woman with cans the size of my head. None of these things will happen, and I’m pretty comfortable with that. More accurately, I’m comfortable with who I am, which is all I can ever hope for anyway.
Instead of filing Krohn under “Republican” or “Democrat” in our minds, I propose we file him under “gifted Atlanta writer who crafts better essays at 17 than many adult, employed professional writers.”