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Precocious! 7-year-old political blogger

Precocious: adj. exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age, from the Latin praecox = early ripening.

My kids were really really smart little whippersnappers. My grandkids are also RRSLWs. But this kid, Stanislaw Gunkel is a super RRRRRRSLW.

He isn’t blogging in pajamas in his mom’s basement; he’s in the family library. His blog is called Planet Stas (his nickname).

Now I don’t know how much his parents help him with his punctuation (quotation marks! parentheses!) and spelling, not to mention the sophistication of his thinking, but at this rate he will be taking over for Markos any day now.

He started the blog when he was in kindergarten, focussing on things of childhood like Legos. And it just expanded from there.  The more I think about it, the more I think letting a child blog is a fantastic educational experience – he has to formulate his ideas, spell out the words to articulate those ideas, and then as if by magic, get feedback from around the world.

Here is one tidbit:

My mom told me that I shouldn’t base my election analysis on “feelings” (I like him/her) or “beliefs” (I share his/her beliefs) but on logical arguments. She asked me to create my own rational explanations for my support of Obama. Here is one of my arguments:

McCain and Palin are not be qualified to be President / Vice President of the U.S. The President’s job is to do good for the country and the world. To do good for the country, the President must make smart decisions on important situations.

Governor Palin believes the world is 6000 years old. This is absurd. This is not a rational belief. This is a mistake. Scientists, experiments and evidence have shown this to be completely false. Therefore, she is not rational. If she is not rational, she should not be allowed to be President or Vice President.

Somehow word got to Obama about Stas, and he wrote him a letter a few days before the election:

Senator Obama’s advice to me:

“Dear Stas, Thank you for your kind words and for your support. I am impressed with your interest in politics, especially at your young age. I encourage you to visit my website kids.barackobama.com to learn more about everything we’re doing to make your family’s future even brighter.

I leave you with three bits of advice that will make your life more fulfilling: Look out for other people, even when it does not directly benefit you; strive to make a difference everywhere you go; and get back up every time you are knocked down.

Thanks again for writing to me. Seeing young people like you who care about making things better inspires me and gives me great hope about the future of our country and our world. Sincerely, Barack Obama”