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(Salon)   Kid who gave a speech at CPAC writes an op-ed about no longer being a Republican. "These are scorned right-wingers showing all the maturity of a little boy. No wonder I fit in so well when I was 13"   (salon.com) divider line 274
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2012-07-08 08:16:59 PM
Ba - zing!
 
2012-07-08 08:40:55 PM
Yep, that sounds about right.
 
2012-07-08 08:55:20 PM
If there was a photo of the Big Bang, it would not be enough for the "Oh SNAP" caption.
If there was a photo of the core of the Sun, it would not be enough for the "sick burn" caption.
This kid just pwned them so badly, they need 3 golden balls over their heads.
 
2012-07-08 09:07:31 PM
Same thing with Ayn Rand. I thought Objectivism was a viable political philosophy when I was 13.

But then I grew the fu*k up.
 
2012-07-08 09:27:58 PM
The kid has brains, class and integrity. There's no way he could have lasted very long as a right winger with those kind of handicaps.
 
2012-07-08 09:33:39 PM

Calmamity: Same thing with Ayn Rand. I thought Objectivism was a viable political philosophy when I was 13.

But then I grew the fu*k up.


Same here. I was a subscriber to National Review, read all of WFB's books, even his horrible spy novels. Listened to Rush and even watched his TV show.

Then I went out into the world and realized all of that childish bullsh*t was just some sort of bizarre view of the world. I still can't really explain what drew me to that nonsense. I think it had to do with their overwhelming confidence that they were right, that they had the secret to wealth and happiness. I really thought at that age, that if you were a Republican and thought the way they did, you would magically become wealthy.

It's nice to see clearly now. However, some days... I wish I took the blue pill.
 
2012-07-08 09:35:30 PM

Marcus Aurelius: The kid has brains, class and integrity. There's no way he could have lasted very long as a right winger with those kind of handicaps.


Seriously, and for a 17 yr old he certainly knows how to write. I wouldn't go so far as to call him a Democrat -- he's clearly disillusioned by politics as a whole. Maybe with his talent and passion he could go on to make a difference, as hard as that is to believe.
 
2012-07-08 09:35:34 PM
 
2012-07-08 09:36:12 PM

Calmamity: Same thing with Ayn Rand. I thought Objectivism was a viable political philosophy when I was 13.

But then I grew the fu*k up.


There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world.

The other, of course, involves orcs.
 
2012-07-08 09:46:30 PM
Does this article have new info from the first one that went green a few weeks ago?

/dnrtfa
//obviously
 
2012-07-08 09:49:10 PM

Peter von Nostrand: Does this article have new info from the first one that went green a few weeks ago?

/dnrtfa
//obviously


Yup. Hence the follow up tag. This is an article written by the kid about the response he has received from the right wing since he announced he was no longer their poster boy.
 
2012-07-08 09:54:29 PM
ooo...that kid is on the GOP enemies list forever.
 
2012-07-08 09:55:31 PM

susansto-helit: Peter von Nostrand: Does this article have new info from the first one that went green a few weeks ago?

/dnrtfa
//obviously

Yup. Hence the follow up tag. This is an article written by the kid about the response he has received from the right wing since he announced he was no longer their poster boy.


Ahhh,, didn't notice the follow up tag
 
MBK [TotalFark]
2012-07-08 10:00:09 PM
I can't wait until this kid gets death threats from Freepers and their ilk.
 
2012-07-08 10:01:22 PM

MBK: I can't wait until this kid gets death threats from Freepers and their ilk.


i'm sure he already has, but has the good grace not to talk about it.
 
2012-07-08 10:12:14 PM

Weaver95: MBK: I can't wait until this kid gets death threats from Freepers and their ilk.

i'm sure he already has, but has the good grace not to talk about it.


He should talk about it, openly. I'm sure there are quite a few netizens who would happily seek retribution on those inbred morans.
 
2012-07-08 10:13:11 PM

NewportBarGuy: Weaver95: MBK: I can't wait until this kid gets death threats from Freepers and their ilk.

i'm sure he already has, but has the good grace not to talk about it.

He should talk about it, openly. I'm sure there are quite a few netizens who would happily seek retribution on those inbred morans.


it's not worth it. it really isn't.
 
2012-07-08 10:16:03 PM
Step 1: Call your opponents childish for thinking a 13 year old has great ideas.
Step 2: Fawn over the great ideas of a 17 year old.

Democratic plan for success
 
2012-07-08 10:18:21 PM

serial_crusher: Fawn over the great ideas of a 17 year old.


Who is doing that?
 
2012-07-08 10:24:51 PM

GAT_00: serial_crusher: Fawn over the great ideas of a 17 year old.

Who is doing that?


The liberals in his head.
 
2012-07-08 10:25:01 PM

serial_crusher: Step 1: Call your opponents childish for thinking a 13 year old has great ideas.
Step 2: Fawn over the great ideas of a 17 year old.

Democratic plan for success


Isn't that pretty much what the guy is doing himself?

Except that he denies having ideas, just regurgitated talking points.
 
2012-07-08 10:26:23 PM

serial_crusher: Step 1: Call your opponents childish for thinking a 13 year old has great ideas.
Step 2: Fawn over the great ideas of a 17 year old.

Democratic plan for success


His only real 'idea' in this article is 'be yourself'. I don't see anyone here fawning. Maybe when he gets invited to, and shows up at, the liberal version of CPAC.

I'm not holding my breath.
 
2012-07-08 10:27:21 PM

Lionel Mandrake: serial_crusher: Step 1: Call your opponents childish for thinking a 13 year old has great ideas.
Step 2: Fawn over the great ideas of a 17 year old.

Democratic plan for success

Isn't that pretty much what the guy is doing himself?

Except that he denies having ideas, just regurgitated talking points.


And, actually, it's more that he's calling them childish for throwing a huge hissy fit when he realized his values no longer sync up with theirs.
 
2012-07-08 10:34:17 PM
Whoa.

This is now an "Oh snap!" thread.

i249.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-08 10:37:11 PM
FTFA: Do you seriously think such an easily lambasted clip will disappear because I announced I changed my mind? Have you met the users of the Internet?

Holy shiat, this kid really gets it.

...

Cue pics of underage drunken revelry on Facebook in 3...2...1...
 
2012-07-08 10:37:52 PM

serial_crusher: Step 1: Call your opponents childish for thinking a 13 year old has great ideas.
Step 2: Fawn over the great ideas of a 17 year old.

Democratic plan for success


this hasn't been a good couple of weeks for you, has it? the recent SCOTUS decision on Obamacare seems to have rattled a lot of cages...I suspect it's affected you as well.
 
2012-07-08 10:42:06 PM

Elmo Jones: If there was a photo of the Big Bang, it would not be enough for the "Oh SNAP" caption.
If there was a photo of the core of the Sun, it would not be enough for the "sick burn" caption.
This kid just pwned them so badly, they need 3 golden balls over their heads.


You saying he super-teabagged them?
 
2012-07-08 10:43:05 PM

Calmamity: GAT_00: serial_crusher: Fawn over the great ideas of a 17 year old.

Who is doing that?

The liberals in his head.


I suppose he has to have someone he wins arguments against. It sure isn't any real people.
 
2012-07-08 10:44:42 PM

Weaver95: it's not worth it. it really isn't.


Why do you always have to bring reason into my desire for petty revenge? Damn you!
 
2012-07-08 10:46:22 PM
All that having been said, there's nothing wrong with reducing the size of the Federal government, controlling spending, reducing the government's reach into people's lives, etc. It's just that:

a. the GOP is hypocritical when it comes to "government reach." I.e., don't reach for my guns, but DO reach into women's health and personal lives.
b. the GOP is hypocritical when it comes to the size of the government and government spending. I.e., Iraq, TSA, etc. And,
c. how the GOP essentially, like this kid said, behaves like a pack of prepubescent children when their points of view are threatened. If you feel your position is valid, back it up with facts...or...SOMETHING, other than ad-hominem.

/although, on a lot of those points, not ALL republicans adhere to that level of hypocrisy and puerility.
 
2012-07-08 10:47:10 PM
Oh, and again:

i249.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-08 10:47:30 PM

NewportBarGuy: Weaver95: it's not worth it. it really isn't.

Why do you always have to bring reason into my desire for petty revenge? Damn you!


I like to think that the idiots of this world are a self solving problem. eventually they'll weed themselves out of the gene pool...we just have to be patient and give them plenty of opportunities to try a lot of dangerous stunts.
 
2012-07-08 10:53:23 PM

xanadian: Whoa.

This is now an "Oh snap!" thread.

[i249.photobucket.com image 100x75]


i146.photobucket.com

www.muzakblog.com
 
2012-07-08 10:55:11 PM

NewportBarGuy: Weaver95: MBK: I can't wait until this kid gets death threats from Freepers and their ilk.

i'm sure he already has, but has the good grace not to talk about it.

He should talk about it, openly. I'm sure there are quite a few netizens who would happily seek retribution on those inbred morans.


Yah because that's what we need more of. Pre-emptive revenge and reactionary bullying.
 
2012-07-08 10:55:46 PM

xanadian: All that having been said, there's nothing wrong with reducing the size of the Federal government, controlling spending, reducing the government's reach into people's lives, etc.


I can think of half a trillion in spending that can go with a cost of maybe 200,000 jobs. We've shed a million government jobs for just a couple of billion in savings. All that military spending goes to pointless production, not jobs.
 
2012-07-08 10:57:24 PM

Weaver95: I like to think that the idiots of this world are a self solving problem. eventually they'll weed themselves out of the gene pool...we just have to be patient and give them plenty of opportunities to try a lot of dangerous stunts.


the problem is that idiots have a high probability of passing their stupidity on genetically before they're removed from the pool.
 
2012-07-08 10:59:33 PM

GAT_00: xanadian: All that having been said, there's nothing wrong with reducing the size of the Federal government, controlling spending, reducing the government's reach into people's lives, etc.

I can think of half a trillion in spending that can go with a cost of maybe 200,000 jobs. We've shed a million government jobs for just a couple of billion in savings. All that military spending goes to pointless production, not jobs.


Hence, my point "b."
 
2012-07-08 11:00:52 PM

xanadian: GAT_00: xanadian: All that having been said, there's nothing wrong with reducing the size of the Federal government, controlling spending, reducing the government's reach into people's lives, etc.

I can think of half a trillion in spending that can go with a cost of maybe 200,000 jobs. We've shed a million government jobs for just a couple of billion in savings. All that military spending goes to pointless production, not jobs.

Hence, my point "b."


Let's also not forget that it was Eisenhower (I believe), a Republican, who warned us about catering too much to the military-industrial complex.

I'll have to see if I can dredge up the quote...
 
2012-07-08 11:01:48 PM

xanadian: xanadian: GAT_00: xanadian: All that having been said, there's nothing wrong with reducing the size of the Federal government, controlling spending, reducing the government's reach into people's lives, etc.

I can think of half a trillion in spending that can go with a cost of maybe 200,000 jobs. We've shed a million government jobs for just a couple of billion in savings. All that military spending goes to pointless production, not jobs.

Hence, my point "b."

Let's also not forget that it was Eisenhower (I believe), a Republican, who warned us about catering too much to the military-industrial complex.

I'll have to see if I can dredge up the quote...


We all know it. I trust Eisenhower a bit less than I used to when I learned his method of fighting wars on the cheap was to nuke everything.
 
2012-07-08 11:05:55 PM

Ambivalence: Yah because that's what we need more of. Pre-emptive revenge and reactionary bullying.


Hey, Weav talked me out of it. Sometimes I just want to watch the world burn. It often takes a swift kick in the ass to be reminded that I live here too.
 
2012-07-08 11:08:39 PM

xanadian: Let's also not forget that it was Eisenhower (I believe), a Republican, who warned us about catering too much to the military-industrial complex.


From his farewell address

"Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence - economic, political, even spiritual - is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."
 
2012-07-08 11:10:24 PM
Also from Eisenhower

'Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. ... Is there no other way the world may live?"
 
2012-07-08 11:28:30 PM

Weaver95: ooo...that kid is on the GOP enemies list forever.


...so, who's maintaining the LOLCATGOPATA these days?
 
2012-07-08 11:45:25 PM

abb3w: ...so, who's maintaining the LOLCATGOPATA these days?


Is it even possible to list that without making it a PDF file?
 
2012-07-08 11:57:10 PM

GAT_00: xanadian: xanadian: GAT_00: xanadian: All that having been said, there's nothing wrong with reducing the size of the Federal government, controlling spending, reducing the government's reach into people's lives, etc.

I can think of half a trillion in spending that can go with a cost of maybe 200,000 jobs. We've shed a million government jobs for just a couple of billion in savings. All that military spending goes to pointless production, not jobs.

Hence, my point "b."

Let's also not forget that it was Eisenhower (I believe), a Republican, who warned us about catering too much to the military-industrial complex.

I'll have to see if I can dredge up the quote...

We all know it. I trust Eisenhower a bit less than I used to when I learned his method of fighting wars on the cheap was to nuke everything.


From orbit. I mean, come on. It's the only way to be sure.

WhyteRaven74: Also from Eisenhower

'Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. This is, I repeat, the best way of life to be found on the road the world has been taking. This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron. ... Is there no other way the world may live?"


He sounds like a filthy librul.

/today's GOP...not your father's Republican party
 
2012-07-09 12:25:37 AM
Yeah, if you learn about the world you realize that complex problems are not magically solved with idealistic dogma.


It's fun to think that everything can be solved by a simple set of beliefs but the reality is more difficult than that.
 
2012-07-09 12:28:15 AM
I saw on his Twitter that his mother (who still identifies as a conservative Republican) lost a friend over him "coming out" as liberal, and I just wanted to punch the world. Who the hell does that?

Calmamity: Same thing with Ayn Rand. I thought Objectivism was a viable political philosophy when I was 13.

But then I grew the fu*k up.


The one grain of salt I give to Ayn Rand is that she actually spent a few formative years in the USSR, which were, by all accounts, fairly traumatic. I entirely disagree with her philosophy and outlook, but I really think that to her, Objectivism was just the entire opposite of what Stalin supposedly stood for.

Americans who grew up upper-middle-class and think that legalizing gay marriage = a lack of freedom? Yeah, no grain of salt for you, not yours.
 
2012-07-09 12:28:28 AM
Ditto. Was a blowhard until I lived in the third world for a few years in my 20s and realized that most people work hard despite the deck being severely stacked against them.
 
2012-07-09 12:30:13 AM

NewportBarGuy: abb3w: ...so, who's maintaining the LOLCATGOPATA these days?

Is it even possible to list that without making it a PDF file?


Just make it a script that pulls from Consevapedia's database.
 
2012-07-09 12:32:14 AM

Weaver95: MBK: I can't wait until this kid gets death threats from Freepers and their ilk.

i'm sure he already has, but has the good grace not to talk about it.


In other words, he's a Fark icon for his ability to ignore even the most insidious trolls.
 
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