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Nearly ‘100 8th graders refuse to pose with Paul Ryan,’ and there’s nothing fishy at all about that story

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Much ado is being made over “close to 100” eighth graders who reportedly refused to pose with Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan because of his policies.

The liberal media is running with the story, but is there more here than meets the eye?

It began when Ryan posted a photo Friday on Instagram of a group of middle school students from South Orange, New Jersey:

Got that #FridayFeeling ?

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Mashable reported that 100 or so students from South Orange Middle School opted to sit out the photo-op with the third most powerful politician in the country, looking on from a nearby parking lot.

Never mind that in the age of smartphones, there doesn’t appear to be any photos of the dissenting students, taking the report at its word, these 13-year-old kids say they are displeased with Ryan’s politics, according to the media.

“I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare,” a student, Matthew Malespina, told The Village Green.

Instead of baseball, girls and frogs, little Matthew seems to spend his days following the minutiae of legislative conflict.

Matthew’s mother, Elissa Malespina, could not have been more proud — not that she had anything to do with her son’s heady statement that reeked of liberal bias.

Malespina told The Village Green: “I am proud of my son and all the other students who chose to respectfully not to participate in the photograph with Speaker Ryan.”

She then proceeded to dictate what her son “believes in.”

“My son does not believe in the policies that Speaker Ryan believes and does not want to be associated in any way with him or his policies,” Malespina insisted. “It’s his right as a citizen to do so and I commend him and his fellow students for doing so in a respectful way. Listen to the children they get it.”

Words some in the media attributed to the son.

In addition to the expected influence parents have on their children and the power of peer pressure, the real story here may be just how thoroughly the liberal taint of pop culture has permeated society.

So much so that it dictates to 13-year-old kids what their political views are expected to be. And to properly reward the students for following along like lemmings, they are being hailed as heroes by many for disrespecting the speaker.

But all is well, as Mashable stated: “Middle school #resistance is the best kind of resistance there is.”

Tom Tillison

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