Camp Galt’s Gulch

A Tea Party organization in Florida, called Tampa 912 Project,  advertises a Tampa Liberty School summer camp which aims  to indoctrinate introduce children to principles that include “America is good,”  and “I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who  I want to (sic). Government cannot force me to be charitable.”

At the 912 page the summer camp is described as a place where

“Kids aged 8-12 years old will have fun while learning the principles of liberty, free markets, and limited government. They will also learn the values of personal responsibility, faith, courage, hard work, reverence and thrift.”

Gosh that sounds exciting, learning about free markets so early in life! This will be a way to put all that Ayn Rand bedtime reading into practice.

But what especially caught my eye was this, offered by the camp’s organizer an an example of some of the activities in store for your little Patriots:

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.

But guess what, kids? In Europe you get confetti too, but you don’t have to clean it up yourself. The class would designate a person to do that and each would give her/him one of their pieces of candy. Which is actually how it works in America too, it’s just that your parents don’t want to pay anybody if they think s/he might be getting something out of it, like one piece of candy too many, for that kind of work.

But if I may be allowed to hope: that if anything good comes from this, it will be that young American tourists will begin to associate “Europe” with “quiet” and start instinctively keeping their voices down. Just a thought.

h/t to Digby

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