On November 6, 2008, I told you about a remarkable 13-year-old writer who had published a book on the principles of conservatism. Almost immediately, we received a response attacking the young man, his parents, and myself for having the audacity to praise his efforts.
Since then, Jonathan Krohn has done well. He has been interviewed by numerous radio talk show hosts, and been the subject of a number of major newspaper reports. Then he was allowed to give a three-minute talk at the Conservative Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C.
Within hours, the short speech was popping up all over the web. The New York Times did a feature story on him and he appeared on several FOX news programs.
The radical left wasted no time in staging a slanderous assault on the lad, accusing him of hate speech, accusing his parents of teaching him to despise people who disagree with their political and religious agenda, and in general insisting that his work was of no value.
Others gave him high praise. “Remember the name “Jonathan Krohn,” said a blog site called The Gawker. “At the 13-year-old’s apparent rate of mental development, he’ll soon move on from speaking at a conservative convention to launching the next National Review or Fox News.”
Do you remember Joe the Plumber? Remember how the radical left media harassed him for asking Obama a difficult question then questioning his answer? How about the vicious lies told about Sarah Palin? And, of course, there was the constant barrage of hate directed towards President Bush. You see, these people are only happy when they are angry. And they have to have a target on which to direct their anger.
Well, George, Sarah and Joe are no longer in the news. The favorites of the radicals are in office and doing a pretty good job of installing the radical agenda they support. They tried to attack Rush Limbaugh, but he does not care. He just shakes them off his back and keeps on talking.
So now the radicals think they have a good target, a young venerable lad upon whom they can heap their venom until he crawls back under his rock. But there are two problems with that plan. The young man may be a lot stronger than they think. And, a lot of good Americans will see their attacks on him as a nasty form of child abuse. After all, he has just turned 14 and looks younger than that.
Americans are in general a fair-minded people. They are made very uncomfortable by people who constantly attack anyone who dares to disagree with them. The constant attacks by the radical left on anyone who holds conservative opinions is getting old.
But the kind of abuses they are heaping on Jonathan Krohn and his parents marks them for what they are, the true purveyors of hatred in America.
Frank Gillispie is founder of The Madison County Journal. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. His website can be accessed at http://frankgillispie.tripod.com/
Lenton Tony Ganey
03/19/09 at 12:57 PM
A great southener Francis Marion aka The Swamp Fox, was very instrumental in soothing feelings between the Loyalist and Tories after the Revolutionary War. He was a great American, unfortunately we have political opertives whose goal in life is to drive a wedge between Americans and keep them in partisan groups to further thir agenda. Labels and incitement to boost ratings and sell papers and books is counter productive to moving this country forward. Do not fall for their tricks. We are all in it together and need to find common ground. Most of us do not hate someone that has a different opinion than our own. Sometimes we learn from people that we disagree with.