We are what we hear?
How many folks are politically oriented based on what they soak up every day?
Jonathan Krohn took the political world by storm at 2009's Conservative Political Action Conference when, at just 13 years old, he delivered an impromptu rallying cry for conservatism that became a viral hit and had some pegging him as a future star of the Republican Party.
Now 17, Krohn - who went on to write a book, "Defining Conservatism," that was blurbed by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Bill Bennett - still watches that speech from time to time, but it mostly makes him cringe because, well, he's not a conservative anymore.
"I started reflecting on a lot of what I wrote, just thinking about what I had said and what I had done and started reading a lot of other stuff, and not just political stuff," Krohn said. "I started getting into philosophy - Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Kant and lots of other German philosophers. And then into present philosophers - Saul Kripke, David Chalmers. It was really reading philosophy that didn't have anything to do with politics that gave me a breather and made me realize that a lot of what I said was ideological blather that really wasn't meaningful. It wasn't me thinking. It was just me saying things I had heard so long from people I thought were interesting and just came to believe for some reason, without really understanding it. I understood it enough to talk about it but not really enough to have a conversation about it."
I know I've changed over time and I know others here have said they've changed too. I wish more people could truly take time and effort to understand more about politics, their true feelings and what each party really means for them.
"One of the first things that changed was that I stopped being a social conservative," said Krohn. "It just didn't seem right to me anymore. From there, it branched into other issues, everything from health care to economic issues.... I think I've changed a lot, and it's not because I've become a liberal from being a conservative - it's just that I thought about it more. The issues are so complex, you can't just go with some ideological mantra for each substantive issue."
Would that the whole country could grow until they really understood for themselves what they stood for. I think how people are elected would really change if that happened (and no, I'm not saying that I think everyone would become liberal!).
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