Progressive Purveyors of Hatred – Commentary by Frank Gillispie
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 the 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 fourteen 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.
"Attack ideas, not the people who hold them."--unknown
"Name Calling: Propagandists use this technique to create fear and arouse prejudice by using negative
words (bad names) to create an unfavorable opinion or hatred against a group, beliefs, ideas or institutions they
would have us denounce. This method calls for a conclusion without examining the evidence. Name Calling is used
as a substitute for arguing the merits of an idea, belief, or proposal."--Andy McDonald and Lene Palmerz
from Propaganda Techniques, Response-ible Rhetorics, George Mason University