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A Child Grows Up

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in 2009

In 2012 "I have more left leaning ideas now."

Young Jonathan Krohn, a precocious 13 year old, was the darling of the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He gave a solid right-wing speech that the conservative audience lapped up like a cat slurping a dish of warm milk. The speech went viral on YouTube. A year later he authored a short (135 pages) book, "Defining Conservatism", that was warmly praised by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Bill Bennett.

This conservative wunderkind was touted as a budding political genius who had a future as a leader of right-wing political thought, perhaps even becoming the next Ronald Reagan.

Well a funny thing happened to this kid on his way toward maturity. Krohn is enrolling this fall at a college not exactly known for its conservatism, New York University, and he's evolved into a political progressive, supporting Obamacare and gay marriage along with liberal economic issues.

"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 Apostle Paul addressed this maturation process in his first letter to the church at Corinth; "When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me." 1 Corinthians 13:11

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