Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Camp Runamok

Looking for a fun thing for your kids to do this summer? This does not sound like the place.

TAMPA — Here’s another option now that the kids are out of school: a weeklong seminar about our nation’s founding principles, courtesy of the Tampa 912 Project.

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.”

Organized by conservative writer Jeff Lukens and staffed by volunteers from the 912 Project, Tampa Liberty School will meet every morning July 11-15 in borrowed space at the Paideia Christian school in Temple Terrace.

“We want to impart to our children what our nation is about, and what they may or may not be told,” Lukens said.

He said he was not familiar with public school curriculum, but, “I do know they have a lot of political correctness. We are a faithful people, and when you talk about natural law, you have to talk about God. When you take that out of the discussion, you miss the whole thing.”

So Mr. Lukens doesn’t know anything about the public school curriculum, but he assumes its filled with evil political correctness, like the revisionist history about Paul Revere and how the Founding Fathers believed in the separation of church and state. What could be wrong with that?

So what are these freedom-loving little campers going to learn this summer?

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.

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.

And the way to learn about individual freedom is through indoctrination. Works every time.

Isn’t it ironic that they feel the need to call it “Liberty”? It reminds me of those places that attach all those labels to assure you that they’re free and democratic, like the People’s Republic of China, the German Democratic Republic, and, of course, that land of liberty, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

HT to SFDB.