So, we were informed this weekend by every liberal news outlet in the country that a remarkable thing happened when 218 students from South Orange Middle School in New Jersey traveled to Washington, D.C. Given the chance to take a picture with House Speaker Paul Ryan, dozens of the students stood firm in their political beliefs and refused the opportunity.
Here’s how the Washington Post reported it:
Matthew Malespina, one of the students who stayed away, said in an interview Sunday that he chose not to be photographed with Ryan because he disagreed with the policies the speaker and his party are pushing on health care, among other things. He called Ryan “a man who puts his party before his country.”
He said he and the others stood across the street while Ryan posed with their peers. Their act of civil disobedience was picked up by a local news website, the Village Green, and drew attention from larger media outlets.
“I don’t like to take a picture with somebody that I can’t associate with,” Matthew, 13, told The Washington Post. “Let’s say somebody is not nice to me at school, for example. I wouldn’t take a picture with them, probably.”
You may recall being 13 yourself and the highly-developed thoughts you had at that time regarding health insurance, partisan politics, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. But of course the parents insist that the idea that they have “indoctrinated” their children is absurd. One parent told the media: “Teenagers – honestly, do they listen to their parents anyway?”
Well, the point is a good one, but given a choice between believing that dozens of 8th-graders spontaneously decided to protest PAUL RYAN, of all people, and believing that these kids are merely carrying out the political views of their parents…we’re going to go with the one that dovetails at least SOMEWHAT with the reality of human existence.
Frankly, we don’t even really believe this “protest” took place. The Post article admits that no one could say for sure how many kids opted out of the photo. Was it just one or two? And then those two talked their friends into doing it? Was there some secret extra credit being offered?
Who knows. Maybe we’re wrong. Maybe this middle school just happens to be filled to the brim with politically-aware liberal 13-year-olds who couldn’t stand the thought of being photographed with Paul Ryan.
But we’re going to file this under Fake News in the meantime…