Saturday, June 18, 2011

How To Create Monsters

A few years ago we heard about the Evangelical Conservative "Jesus Camps" parents were sending their kids to so they would be indoctrinated in good old fashioned Republican Religion. That seems to be what the Republican Party has devolved into. Less of a ideological philosophy and more of an illogical set of beliefs and much of the criteria to be an upstanding Republican is how ostentatiously you display your Christianity.
Now we've gone a step further and see the beginning of the enshrinement of the utterly illogical belief system of the TeaBaggers become a program of indoctrination for their offspring. This also represents a totally cynical program of manipulating and cashing in on the paranoid projections of TeaBag families who think that they can instill their beliefs in their children. The Tampa912 Project is now accepting applications for week long summer seminars for grade school kids purporting to teach them their version and interpretation of America's Founding Principles.
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.
"We want to impart to our children what our nation is about, and what they may or may not be told," Jeff Lukens, a conservative writer who is the organizer, 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."
Tampa Liberty is modeled after vacation Bible schools, which use fun, hands-on activities to deliver Christian messages.
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.
While the Liberty school is the first of its kind in the Tampa Bay area, Lukens said a group in Kentucky ran a similar school, and he learned from their ideas.


Things rarely turn out the way you want them to when you try to control every little detail. Children are individuals who will become the sum of their total experiences. 


These people are raising their kids to be insufferable, proselytizing Ayn Rand adolescents or black-clad teen-age loners who love Death Metal and hate their parents.
Even though Ayn Rand hated religion that won't stop Tea Partiers from passing her teaching on to their children. It's such an odd mix of ideas when you enter in the obsession of turning back the clock to the the gold standard, but the insanity of it all makes perfect sense and it fits all together like a mega puzzle of the Moral Majority, South African Apartheid, Friedmanism and Randian selfishness.

4 comments:

Laci the Chinese Crested said...

I believe every American should run like hell whenever a politician talks about religion or patriotism.

This is propagandising pure and simple.

But another word this crowd likes to use is "Freedom", which I assume is the meaning fro Me and Bobby McGee:

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

And guess who won't have anything left to lose after they fall for this horseshit.

ny edge said...

geez I bet Hitler Youth Camps were more fun than this...hey wait a minute...where'd he say he got the idea from?

microdot said...

I wonder what the "enrollment fee" is?

mud_rake said...

Good catch, Microdot. My mind cannot hold one more story of idiocy-from-the-right. I'm full-up and spent!