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.