The Sun Revolves Around Jenny

It looks like the conservative blogosphere is enthralled with the Rush story about Jenny Ballentine. I think it is because it shows so graphically what scares conservatives about young liberals. Just read what she said to John and Elizabeth Edwards at a campaign rally in New Hampshire.

I need to be able to look to my leader and see words of encouragement, words of hope. I need to be able to trust that person. I need to be able to know that I'm going to be grow [sic in transcript] in a world that's not going to be full of hate and prejudice and racism and to know that I matter, that I wasn't just dumped in this world for no particular reason whatsoever.

I'm busting my ass in school, I work 25 to 30 (that wouldn't even make you productive in France -ed) hours a week, and it's just me and my dog. So what can you do for the people that are in my situation, that are trying their damnedest in school, wanting to go to grad school, is going to be hit with the loans--and, uh, I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up. I don't know what I want to be when I'm an adult. But I'm 22 right now, so people are like, "Honey, you are an adult." You know what? It's about me. It's about me voting for you or supporting somebody who's going to be the next president. So it's all about me right now. Just give me something.

Here is a girl who lives in the richest, freest, least racist, most tolerant and best run country in the world and all she can see is hardship and hate. Here is a girl who, by her own estimation, works half as hard as the average American, and thinks she's "busting ass". Here is a girl who at twenty-two years old wants to go to graduate school but doesn't know what she wants to be when she "grows up"!

How does it happen that someone who by age is an adult, but has the emotional maturity of a twelve year old. You don't have to go too far to get the answer. Just read what the Edwards' said in response.

Mr. Edwards: God bless you. If I were choosing a president, uh, that's what I'd be doing. I'd be looking for the specifics of what they want to do, because that matters, but I would also be judging them personally, because we need to trust our president.

Mrs. Edwards: I want to say something, too. I was really impressed with you, Jenny Ballantine, and I think probably everybody in this room was, and I want everybody in this room who believes that Jenny Ballantine is going to be able to do it to give her a round of applause.

With answers like that, is there any question why this girl is so emotionally and intellectually stunted. A more appropriate response would be to say, "get back to me when you grow up." But rather, in college town Durham, NH she is given a standing ovation.

Meanwhile, back in reality, American men and women her age are fighting for their country and their lives all over the world. I'm not sure who I feel more sorry for.

2 comments:

Anonymous

1:25 PM

well jake- i'm sorry you feel that way- i wish you all the luck in the world- and i promise you- i have an intellectual capacity beyond that of a 12 year old- but thanks for time and thought you put into this little excert.

Jake

3:46 PM

Thanks for the good wishes, Jenny. And best to you. You have a whole adult life ahead of you, one which I can confidently predict that life will be more difficult than in the coddled world of academia. And if in that adult life you happen to see the world outside of the comfort of the United States, I hope you get an appreciation for exactly how lucky you are to have had the good fortune of growing up in freedom and liberty. Perhaps then you will see that these are not things that owed to you, but things that you must work to protect.