Future Shock

I’m not sure whether to be impressed or disturbed by a 13 year-old channeling Barry Goldwater.

Update: Here he is addressing the CPAC today. Urgh. The kid is a scary freak.

46 Replies to “Future Shock”

  1. I guess it’s no longer enough to stand the kid up on a chair and have him sing “Danny Boy” or butchered pieces of Shakespeare. Now the fashionable quasi-abusive party trick is to kit the boy up in Arrow shirt and tie, drag him to a Republican wank-fest and have him spout undigested Reaganomics.

    The kid’s got years and years of therapy in front of him…

  2. Jesus….the only other culture I can think of that promoted children like this was that of the Soviet Union.

    Although, his maturity and articulateness is a vast improvement on what is manifested among Republicans generally.

  3. Home schooled – go figure….

    I’m not sure how articulate…
    Krohn has outlined four principles on which he believes conservatism is based: respect for the U.S. Constitution, respect for life, less government and personal responsibility.
    Less government and less personal responsibility it would seem… yup, he’ll do well as a conservative…

  4. Oh, I don’t know. I see a little bit of Addie (i.e. the young Tatum O’Neil) a few years after the tale of Paper Moon. Perhaps in her teen years, after her skills as a natural con are fleshed out a bit.

    To reprise a phrase first spoken by the wise host of the “Beyond the Facts” segment at the Onion (you’ll get the reference, Red, even if no one else does . . . maybe you should add that video link as an aside ; ).

    “I’m sure we’ll be seeing horrible things from that little kid in the future.”

    🙂

  5. “I’m sure we’ll be seeing horrible things from that little kid in the future.”

    “Children are our future. Unless we stop them now.”
    – Homer Simpson.

    🙂

    The kid has a blog — anyone surprised that he doesn’t allow comments?

  6. Historically, the fundamental conservative perspective on economics and man & society has involved a commitment to pragmatism – that is: what works, and what is good for the nation.

    What would a 13 year-old know about pragmatism?

    Conservative idealism usually is expressed via sentiments about Nationalism and the traditional structures of state and culture.

    As far as I can tell, his child has been spoon-fed the script from Daddy and Mummy and this kind of mentoring can only be labeled as “child abuse” in my opinion.

    Further, what does a juvenile dependent know about “personal responsibility”?

    Finally, what could a non-ratepayer and minor know about “Government” for that matter?

  7. OMG, I was just reading his blog. What a stinking little liar he is. He should be writing for Townhall or Powerline. 13 yrs. old and full of shit. Imagine!

  8. Speaking of kids…
    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/93416

    The Shining…. Oh Onion…. never change.

    OMG, I was just reading his blog. What a stinking little liar he is.

    Not too surprising. He’s a hothouse flower. Home-schooled and fed the “finest” of conservative thought.

    What AtY has to say is true too

    What would a 13 year-old know about pragmatism?

    Indeed.

  9. I see that he’s been “home schooled” to hate the usual Dem strawmen: Pelosi, Reid, Kennedy, etc. etc.

    I guess the kid never really had a chance before his parent(s) indoctrinated him in to Rush Limbaugh land. Kinda reminds me of those poor kids I’d see in KKK documentaries that are doing their Sieg Heils around the burning cross with Mom and Dad looking on beaming with pride.

  10. Former UK Conservative Party leader William Hague spoke to a Conservative Party convention at age 16. Maybe he can have just as stellar a political run.

  11. Terrible yes, but he looked stellar compared to Ian Duncan Smith.

    I do have a laugh everytime I think of his comment about drinking 14 pints a day.

  12. He was sure entertaining in PMQ though. We could only dream of such delightful dust-ups in parliament as he and Blair had going at one another. Great fun! Harpo v. Iggy… not so much.

  13. They were great weren’t they… I think it’s what kept Hague in power so long. Even Labour had a hard time not reacting to his jabs.

    I lived in London during his tenure and the return of Red Ken. Surprisingly good times in retrospect.

    I agree about the Harpo vs Iggy debacle. Pudgy and Crusty probably wouldn’t recognize a good debate if they we’re involved in it.

  14. Oh, it just makes me nauseous. These adults hooting and cheering for some 13 year-old who explains to them that conservatism involves “four categories of principle” who then goes on to describe four things that aren’t categories of principle…just four principles and not necessarily conservative ones at that.

    The American Right is pre-verbal.

  15. Hate to pop your bubble all…I think the kid wll turn out just fine. Age /experience is a challenge for him at this time but he appears smart enough to navigate the maze…not much chance he’ll be a socialist.

    CWTF
    February 27, 2009 at 8:39 am
    … Krohn has outlined four principles on which he believes conservatism is based: respect for the U.S. Constitution, respect for life, less government and personal responsibility.

    Less government and less personal responsibility it would seem…

    CWTF…you need to go back and do a retake on the kid’s spiel..he didn’t say ‘less personal responsibility’…it was a grammatical stumble as an add -on on his part. Y’know like any 13 year old would do.

  16. I don’t know if I agree with you on this one Simon. he could also be peaking at 13 which means he has just as equal a chance of ending up the Danny Bonaduce of the Republican universe.

    Peaking early is a crappy thing but it happens easiest when you have idiots egging you on.

  17. Hate to pop your bubble all…I think the kid wll turn out just fine.

    I’m completely indifferent to how the kid will turn out. It just says a lot about a culture that turns out “kids” like this.

    Hate to pop *your* bubble, but you need to get off the computer and go read a book.

  18. IRONY ALERT

    (Yeah, yeah… I know you’ve read plenty of books, but I couldn’t resist. There’s something pretty funny about someone criticizing someone else for spending too much time on the computer — on a blog! LOL)

  19. Conservative principle number one: pretend you have principles..

    Funny, ‘The Omen’ was passing through my mind as well.

  20. He reminds me more of Alex P. Keaton, except that Michael J. Fox’s character was meant to be a parody.

    Master Krohn is being disingenuous in lumping “respect for life” as a historical tenet (or principle) of US Republican conservatism. That’s code for anti-abortion and only made headway during the Reagen era as a reaction to Rode and Wade.

  21. There’s something pretty funny about someone criticizing someone else for spending too much time on the computer — on a blog! LOL.

    Yeah, it’s hilarious.

  22. RT,

    You’ve exceeded yourself. Wonderful post and the little extra’s from the cookie monster and the Onion are gilding the lily.

    I bow to your prowess in educating and entertaining us huddled masses using short sentences and sound bites.

    Can I give my $30/year to you instead of CBC?

  23. …it was a grammatical stumble as an add -on on his part. Y’know like any 13 year old would do.
    I realized that but it was funny (to me) given how he’s being praised in the article….

  24. Tomm — I aim to please. 😉

    Can I give my $30/year to you instead of CBC?

    I wish! Ah, but unfortunately, people don’t really get to make that “choice” now do they? Our socialist (i.e., Harper Conservative) overlords won’t let them!

  25. re: CBC:

    “…unfortunately, people don’t really get to make that “choice” now do they?”

    What I wouldn’t pay to change that!

  26. Ti-Guy,

    You don’t want an F18 scrambled to escort a 1950’s vintage Russian bomber back home?

    If we’re going to have a country, shouldn’t we be allowed a little fun?

    Nobody’s asking for mandatory military service or a million reservists.

  27. Ti-Guy,

    I guess if I can give mine to RT (entertainment v. entertainment), then you can do the same, but only if you admit the military has been entertaining you!

  28. Ti-Guy,

    You are right, you’ve caught me on the slippery slope of flawed logic.

    I was being facetious. I know it would be impractical for the government to allow its citizens to select worthy tax baskets. It is the role of the government to do that. My job is to ask them politely.

    Dear Government,

    On behalf of all Canadians, please quit funding CBC Television.

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.

    Sincerely yours,

    Tomm

  29. No. Seriously. We’re talking years of therapy here, guys. Ever heard of Little Marjoe?

    This kid’s parents need to be gibbetted from the ceiling of the men’s room of a salmonella-infested Chinese restaurant. It’s sadly ironic to see preternatural maturity wasted on something as infantile as being an “adorable” party trick at neo-con jerk-a-thons.

  30. A 13 year old explaining conservatism to a group of republicans… RT are you sure you didn’t mix this up with the onion video you posted above?

  31. No. Seriously. We’re talking years of therapy here, guys. Ever heard of Little Marjoe?

    I didn’t know that history of Marjoe Gortner. All I knew about him was him hosting that hideous show Speak Up America!

    …”As if that’s a problem with those people,” as my parents snidely remarked.

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