CPAC | News | Republican Party

Once A Conservative Idol, 17-Year Old Now Rejects 'Being An Ideology'

JKrohnMany of you may remember when, in 2009, a 13-year old named Jonathan Krohn became a right wing sensation after railing against liberalism at the conservative CPAC conference. Times change, though, and the now 17-year old Krohn's largely rejected a lot of that rhetoric.

Patrick Gavin at Politico reports:

"I think it was naive," Krohn now says of the speech. "It’s a 13-year-old kid saying stuff that he had heard for a long time.… I live in Georgia.

"We’re inundated with conservative talk in Georgia.… The speech was something that a 13-year-old does. You haven’t formed all your opinions. You’re really defeating yourself if you think you have all of your ideas in your head when you were 12 or 13. It’s impossible. You haven’t done enough."

Krohn won’t go so far as to say he’s liberal, in part because his move away from conservatism was a move away from ideological boxes in general.

"I want to be Jonathan Krohn," he said, "and I’m tired of being an ideology, and it’s not fun and it gets boring and it’s not who we are as individuals."

Krohn also says that unlike a lot of the conservative who once idolized him, he's in favor of marriage equality.

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. At least the youngin's have hope in changing. Like Jeremy Hooper said in GoodAsYou, "We're waiting, Caiden Cowger."

    Posted by: Wolf Sawyer | Jul 2, 2012 5:29:55 PM

  2. well met!

    it's like when kids go away to university out of state and realize that, wonder of wonders, everyone back home was full of crap.

    welcome to the real world, may you continue to grow.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jul 2, 2012 5:34:32 PM

  3. He's in favor of marriage equality now?
    Someone finally learned what it means to be a repressed homosexual.

    Posted by: Paul | Jul 2, 2012 5:43:16 PM

  4. He was naive? Thank you Captain Obvious!
    He might want to place a courtesy call to Caiden Cowger, just a thought.

    Posted by: DJ | Jul 2, 2012 5:47:21 PM

  5. It sounds to me like Mr. Krohn is a "love the one you're with" kind of person. Something tells me that when he's in his late 20's and working in corporate America he'll be a socially liberal Republican. But at 13 people can only BEGIN to understand politics. And even at 17 it's hard because you haven't had the years of independent reading it takes to absorb various viewpoints. It usually takes years before you even know what books/journals/subjects are worthy of your time to study. And the best people between 13 and 17 years of age are unlikely to be making speeches because if they're worth their salt they understand the disadvantage that youth and lack of knowledge place them in. They usually are not confident enough to do much more than ask questions and continue to read and learn. So I'm suspicious of the motives of anyone in his/her teens who feels confident enough to give political speeches.

    Posted by: Mary | Jul 2, 2012 6:02:46 PM

  6. Umm, anyone who marveled at the political rant of a 13-year-old was an idiot. This story was always stupid. I wouldn't trust my nieces and nephews of that age to be able to tell me the correct time even when wearing a digital watch, and they're smart kids. I certainly don't rely on them for astute political analysis.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 2, 2012 6:09:34 PM

  7. sounds like he's turning into a good guy. shame he was used as a nauseating political tool by conservative right-wingers

    Posted by: DanSwon | Jul 2, 2012 6:18:41 PM

  8. LOL, why is there a Romney add that says "Help us fight for the America we love" on this blog?

    That being said, thank goodness this kid wised up.

    Posted by: Shannon 1981 | Jul 2, 2012 7:14:02 PM

  9. Good on him. Hopefully his past speech will be a 'blip' on his life's timeline.

    Posted by: Eric | Jul 2, 2012 7:17:02 PM

  10. At 17 he's still a child. Do a story on him when he's 35 years old, after he's gained some actual life experience.

    Posted by: ? | Jul 2, 2012 7:21:39 PM

  11. What ? said. Young social conservatives may change but so do young social progressives.

    Posted by: John | Jul 2, 2012 7:26:21 PM

  12. Glad to see him growing out of that nonsense. Conservatives just love using children to spew their political propaganda. As if it's going to have any semblance of truth coming out of the mouths of children.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jul 2, 2012 7:53:31 PM

  13. Anyone want to bet that at 21 he'll come out as a gay Republican?

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Jul 2, 2012 7:56:24 PM

  14. If this kid learned how to leave the Derp Side, then perhaps there is hope for Caiden Cowger as well.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Jul 2, 2012 9:02:09 PM

  15. Hmmmm, this kid's critical thinking skills are speed-of-light compared to Andrew Sullivan. Reading this made me immediately think of the recent video of the 4 y/o singing something ab "No Homos In Heaven" or whatever it was called.

    Posted by: mike flower | Jul 2, 2012 10:55:30 PM

  16. Whether he's now a conservative or a liberal it's refreshing to see someone talk so honestly & admit to his mistakes. Seems like he's grown up to be a nice person after all.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jul 2, 2012 11:33:34 PM

  17. All the best to you Mr. Krohn, May you blaze a well balanced and successful path through adulthood.

    Posted by: ROBERT BAKER | Jul 3, 2012 12:22:07 AM

  18. He has developed a sophisticated personal philosophy at the ripe old age of 17. He sees the forest from the trees, something people twice his age don't. Good for him.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 3, 2012 12:32:04 AM

  19. Funny thing about kids: many of them grow up not just physically but also intellectually.As a high school kid in the 1950s,I use to run home to watch the Army-McCarthy Hearings on TV, I was totally pro McCarthy. However, my entire adult life has been spent as a liberal democrat. I had a very bright student in a freshman social studies class years ago who was a quite outspoken conservative. He even identified himself as a Limbaugh "ditto head". Today he is a liberal democratic representative in the Pa State House. Change is often a good thing.

    Posted by: andrew | Jul 3, 2012 4:24:35 AM

  20. Kids are for spanking. Women are for beating. And gays are for stoning. In the Middle Finger East that is. Let's just be grateful for where we are and what we have the freedom to call news.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jul 3, 2012 7:04:49 AM

  21. Reminds me of that saying, Don't teach a child what to think, teach him how to think.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 3, 2012 8:01:54 AM

  22. Coming out is usually a process.

    Posted by: Barry C | Jul 3, 2012 8:26:39 AM

  23. Exactly why I pointed out a while back that all the venom being spewed at the 14-year-old boy in West Virginia with his own radio program was pathetic.....because he was a CHILD and was not even mature enough to form opinions yet.

    Also, just for the record, Atlanta is one of the most progressive cities in the country and has a thriving gay community (the rest of Georgia is another matter). It had its first Pride parade way back in 1977, long before most other cities had one--and I participated in it, although I was just passing through and did not live there. Of course, that was back when Pride was still something one could be proud of rather than the freak show it has become in many cities.....and also when taking part in a Pride parade, especially in a place that was having one for the first time, was a risky proposition for the participants.

    Etched on my memory forever will be the looks on the faces of the bystanders, who simply could not believe what they were witnessing--a sort of shock and awe, as though they had just seen ghosts.....

    Posted by: Rick | Jul 3, 2012 11:38:25 AM

  24. Actually, Rick, I think pride parades here in the US are too safe now, taking place in liberal cities with large gay populations. Meanwhile, real pride parades are taking place in conservative Eastern European countries with real risks. We might want a few pride parades in more conservative areas of the US to get the ball rolling again. Also, the participants should be the gays in the area, who are now relegated to the sidelines in the major city events while bank and bar floats go by as rolling advertisements.

    Studies have shown that political views tend to remain fairly fixed depending on certain aspects of personality and emotional states of mind. That is, if your personality is one of holding on to a view, regardless then your politics won't change very much, but if you are flighty then you'll flip-flop. Also, you rarely get pure liberalism or pure conservatism in a single person very often.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 3, 2012 12:06:40 PM

  25. I agree 100% with the above post. Excellent post.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 3, 2012 2:38:14 PM

  26. 1 2 »

Post a comment


« «Microsoft's Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Both Donate $100K To Washington Marriage Fight« «