Tea Party Summer Camp Sounds Wicked Fun!

Dammit. What I would give to be a kid again. Just so I could attend the Tea Party summer camp.

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.” […]

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. […]

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.

My favorite principle: “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.” Great! I choose not to share my money with corporations that receive federal subsidies, grants or tax breaks; I choose not to share my money with defense contractors; I choose not to share my money with all red states. Can I have it back, please?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-Bockenthien/1476190129 Peter Bockenthien

    Surreal unless they do away with income taxes altogether. Otherwise they will grow up and wonder why they pay taxes. Same as it ever was.

  • nanciejane

    As well as “I choose not to use good grammar.” It’s for the elites.

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Great . Now they’re teaching Rand insanity to children. Or maybe we should use the term “indoctrinating”.

    Yet more of the same type of behavior we saw in 1930s Germany.

    I fucking want my country back.

  • JMKirker

    you know, this is really sticking it to the “indoctrination” that happens in “liberal” public schools.

  • trgahan

    It’s funny the far right actually does everything they accuse the left of doing.

    I can’t help but notice how engineered the daily camp route has to be in order to show kids “how the world really works.” Do the camp councilors get to go back to the candy store and take as much as they need every time they run out? Will they spend their time convincing the kids at camp that their paper money is a great investment and it will only go up in value, so they can borrow against it to infinity? Then when the value tanks, they will be scolded for “living beyond their means.”

    • http://twitter.com/bphoon Brian C


      It’s funny the far right actually does everything they accuse the left of doing.

      Typical grifter tactic. Part of their obfuscation effort. They take advantage of progressives’ natural concern for fairness and our tendency to make sure we aren’t doing what they do and distract us by accusing us of doing what they do. More importantly, it serves to sidetrack discussion of the actual issues. Someone who is very close to me used to use a similar tactic: whenever I’d get animated and raise my voice even a little, we’d end up in an argument over whether I was yelling or not….as she yelled at me over it.

      The only way to counter this is to immediately and loudly call bullshit on it and return to the issue at hand. By repeatedly insisting on staying on track, you highlight just how intransigent the other side is.

      In this case, it would be useful to remind people how Michele Bachmann claimed that Americorp was some sort of socialist indoctrination camp even while her own son joined it.

  • hollyglightly123

    This is atrocious. It’s nothing more than indoctrination – all of the things they accuse the left side of doing. Except in this case, they’re encouraging a child’s natural tendency to be selfish. Rather than saying ‘Now Johnny, you have to share your toys”, they’re effectively saying “Screw him, Johnny, don’t share your toys with him”.

    Beautiful.

  • http://twitter.com/bjminihan Bryan Minihan

    I think those were the first two days of my “executive training camp”…

  • http://twitter.com/bjminihan Bryan Minihan

    Another good one: “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. ”

    If they were responsible earth-friendly citizens, they wouldn’t throw trash around in the first place.

  • MrDHalen

    Bob, my thoughts exactly.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.”

    Few idiotic Tea Party memes make my blood boil like this one.

    • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

      ditto that, Graf.

  • mattpd

    good luck with that. the only thing most 8-12 year olds think about is ‘where is my fucking nintendo’.

  • ElayneB

    OMG, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Just finished In the Garden of Beasts, and this is just too creepily reminiscent of Hitler’s Youth for me to handle.

  • ElayneB

    Can someone explain the bubbles = socialism to me??

    • http://twitter.com/bjminihan Bryan Minihan

      I think bubbles represent wealth that can be redistributed to others in a “socialist society”. Maybe they chose bubbles because, like wealth in America today, bubbles float up into the stratosphere, where billionaires live.

  • DC_ATX

    “These boys and girls enter our organizations [at] ten years of age, and often for the first time get a little fresh air; after four years of the Young Folk they go on to the Hitler Youth, where we have them for another four years . . . And even if they are still not complete National Socialists, they go to Labor Service and are smoothed out there for another six, seven months . . . And whatever class consciousness or social status might still be left . . . the Wehrmacht will take care of that.”
    –Adolf Hitler (1938)

    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007820