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Summer Is The Time For Indoctrinating Your Children!

I’m sure most of you have seen this story about the summer camp for young Tea Party children, but for those of you who haven’t, I thought I must share. In some ways, it scares the hell out of me, because it shows just how crazy and determined those people are and what extremes they will go to in order to grow their numbers. But when you look at what they are doing, it gets pretty funny.  From Tampabay.com (St. Petersburg Times)

The organization, which falls under the tea party umbrella, hopes to introduce kids ages 8 to 12 to principles that include “America is good,” “I believe in God,” and “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

That last sentence speaks volumes to me about this group. Yesterday’s post about Ayn Rand and her warped, fictional ideas touched on the idea that selfishness is a virtue to be embraced. To me, that shows exactly how far American culture has fallen. When a group actually comes right out and encourages people to not be charitable, I can’t help but think that our culture is in need of some soul searching. More from the Times article…

One example at Liberty: Children will win hard, wrapped candies to use as currency for a store, symbolizing the gold standard. On the second day, the “banker” will issue paper money instead. Over time, students will realize their paper money buys less and less, while the candies retain their value.

“Some of the kids will fall for it,” Lukens said. “Others kids will wise up.”

Another example: Starting in an austere room where they are made to sit quietly, symbolizing Europe, the children will pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room (the New World).

Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown. But afterward the kids will have to clean up the confetti, learning that with freedom comes responsibility.

I guess I don’t even understand what they are trying to say with the “austere” room vs. the “party” room. I guess it is, “Europe bad, America fun”. But then after the fun, the kids have to clean up after the party. Is that really sending the signal they want to? Sitting quietly might look pretty good after they have to pick up thousands of pieces of confetti, that shit gets everywhere. Something tells me that kids 8 – 12 aren’t really going to internalize these games and activities the way the “adults” who designed them want them to. I wonder if they will punish kids who are generous and learned to share at daycare or paid attention at Sunday school and learned some of Christ’s teachings. I can just hear them saying, “No, little Johnny, don’t give Petey a piece of candy, he’s a parasite”.

Still another example: Children will blow bubbles from a single container of soapy solution, and then pop each other’s bubbles with squirt guns in an arrangement that mimics socialism. They are to count how many bubbles they pop. Then they will work with individual bottles of solution and pop their own bubbles.

“What they will find out is that you can do a lot more with individual freedom,” Lukens said.

Sure, individual freedom is what they will learn from that. That’s going to be “funner” than shit. In fact, I think I’ll get my wife to play that game with me this weekend. I’m sure as they are squirting bubbles, laughing and getting each other wet, they’re going to be thinking about individual freedom. Sure they are. And really, do they think children playing by themselves is going to be more fun than playing with the other children?

I’m not exactly worried about this little stunt having a major impact on anything. As of Monday, 8 children had signed up.

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June 16, 2011 - Posted by | Republican Party, Tea Party, Teabaggers |

7 Comments »

  1. “To take from one because it is thought that his own industry and that of his father’s has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association — the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.”
    — Thomas Jefferson

    I find it humorous and telling that the left is terrified by the thought that we teach individual freedom and responsibility to the next generation.

    Comment by Chicken Hammer | June 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Not sure what this quote has to do with indoctrinating (or should I say boring) children, but as usual it’s taken out of a larger context — which was about taxation. Jefferson was saying that specific rich individuals should not be targeted by the state for extra taxation, but that taxes should be applied to all individuals consistent with the tax laws on the books. He also added that inheritance law was the best way to prevent the overgrown wealth of an individual from becoming a threat to the state. So the full context is advice on how to democratically check the wealth of the ultra rich.

      \ight want to attend that camp yourself if there is any chance they will be teaching true, in context history. (Hah! I made my self laugh.)

      Comment by regina | June 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Speaking for my wing of the left, we are not terrified of “individual freedom and responsibility” at all, those are Fox News generated talking points that may play well with the ditto heads, but it’s not true at all. Is everything a zero sum game for you wingers? If I give to charity, I’m somehow not exercising individual freedom. If our government wants to protect it’s citizens, whether it is with police, firefighters, OSHA safety, FDA regulations, airline safety, proper roads or heaven forbid, culture and arts…then somehow my freedoms have been taken away or individual responsibility has been squashed? Why is it that you wingers will never take your arguments to their logical conclusions or apply real world issues to them. It’s all hyperbole and fantasy, much like Ayn Rand’s novels…fiction, utopian, unrealistic platitudes. Why won’t you ever acknowledge that governments have a role to play in society, like police, roads, a justice system, checks on businesses, rules for people to live by…I envision you folks wanting frontier justice, giddyup, yee haw.

      Comment by Extreme Liberal | June 16, 2011 | Reply

  2. If you give to charity you are exercising your individual freedom. No one can be forced to be charitable as charity is something that is voluntary given without threat or coercion.

    I’ve got no argument with the government providing necessary services. I enjoy knowing first responders are minutes away in case there is a need for their services. I also enjoy being able to travel from place to place on well maintained roads or via well managed air routes; both services happily paid for through my taxes. I wouldn’t even mind if they started using some of the money I worked for to enforce our immigration laws or secure our borders. Taxes are a necessary evil.

    What intrigues me with the blog posts here is the way they generalize most conservative views with the ‘Fox News / Ditto Head’ mold. Except for the many generalizations utilized this blogs post read with intelligence and education. The hypocrisy is humorous in an adolescent sort of way.

    Comment by Chicken Hammer | June 16, 2011 | Reply

  3. The Tea Party youth camps of today are reminiscent of American Nazi camps in the 1930’s. The German-American Bund created recreational youth camps such as Camp Siegfried in New York, Camp Nordland in New Jersey and Camp Hindenburg in Wisconsin where they indoctrinated American youth in the glories of right-wing fascism. The German-American Bund wished to create an American version of the Hitler Youth movement complete with teaching the German language so children could understand Hitler’s speeches.

    The German-American Bund began holding rallies filled with swastikas, Nazi salutes and the singing of Nazi songs in German. In the year of my birth, 1939, there were enough Americans supporting the Third Reich to fill Madison Square Garden in a New York City pro-Nazi rally.

    The Nazi movement in the USA was supported at the time by by such notable corp-fascists as Henry Ford and celebrities like Charles Lindbergh who admired Adolph Hitler. Ford was even heavily involved in financing/distributing hateful anti-Jewish literature. (Now its the Muslims, blacks, Latinos and gays who are the new whipping boys for the Republican Party). Right wingers like Prescott Bush were even involved in “trading with the enemy” even after the World War II began. Sadly, fascism is alive and well in the new Republican Party and I fear we have not learned from history…only repeating it!

    Comment by grantinhouston | June 16, 2011 | Reply

  4. Really? Let me tell you, living in Holland is nothing like sitting in a quiet, austere room. These people are really reaching….

    Comment by eurobrat | June 16, 2011 | Reply


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