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The Weekly Sam: The NEA Trojan Horse in American Education

Sam Blumenfeld was one of the first, if not the first, researcher to uncover the pernicious influence of the National Education Association. In 1984, he published one of his most important books exposing the NEA, The NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education.  We are happy to make it available as a free download from our Sam Blumenfled Archives:

http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/Books/NEA-Trojan%20Horse%20In%20American%20Education.pdf

We are delightfully surprised over the popularity of the Sam Blumenfeld Archives and how it has been a blessing to so many people.  We are averaging over 150,000 views per month, and we estimate that we have had over 20,000 books downloaded last year.  While the archives are free, we do need financial support to maintain, promote, and update the site.  Donations to Camp Constitution may be make via our PayPal account accessed from our homepage.  Please support our efforts and help us make Sam’s word available for generations to come:

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The Weekly Sam: Moise Tshombe and Sam Blumenfeld

Sam Blumenfeld was one of the founders of “American Friends of Katanga.”  Few Americans know anything about Katanga, and the atrocities that racist United Nations’s “peacekeepers” committed against the people of the Province of Katanga which was once part of the Belgian Congo-now Zaire.   The leader of Katanga was Dr. Moise Tshombe.  He was a pro-Western, anti-communist, Christian who had the support of the people of his fledgling nation.  Sam Blumenfeld got to befriend that great man and thanks to our archives, we have made their correspondence available on line.  Here is the link from the archive: http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/Affiliations/Dr%20Moise%20Tshombe%20-%20American%20Friends%20of%20Katanga.pdf

In 1964, Sam conducted an interview of Dr. Tshombe while he was in exilce in Madrid, Spain:  http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/Affiliations/Moise%20Tshombe%20Interview.pdf

The atrocities that were committed by the United Nations continue to this day.  This is why we need to Get out of the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

 

The U.S. Constitution vs Sharia Law: A Presentation by Father Michael Carl

Camp Constitution hosted “The U.S. Constitution vs. Sharia Law: A Presentation by Father Michael Carl” at the Gay-Kimball Library in Troy, NH  Saturday March 11.  Father Carl, Camp Constitution’s most recent edition to the speakers bureau, is pastor of Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Wakefield, MA.  He also served as a free lance writer for World Net Daily and has detailed knowledge of the Boston Marathon bombing.  We posted the presentation on the camp’s Youtube Channel.  Readers who would like to have Father Carl speak in their area, are welcomed to contact us.

 

 

 

Camp Constitution Introduces “The Weekly Sam”-Items from the Sam Blumenfeld Archives

Camp Constitution will begin “The Weekly Sam” to promote the camp’s Blumenfeld Archives http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/

Sam Blumenfeld was a pioneer in the homeschool movement.  He dedicated his life to teaching people of all ages how to be excellent readers, to encourage parents to homeschool, or start their own private schools, and to expose the organizations and people determined to create a functionally illiterate America.  Sam used the term “deliberately dumbing down” to describe what was going on in the government schools, and unlike many of his contemporaries, he wasn’t afraid to say it was happening on purpose.   Sam passed away in June of 2015, but he left Camp Constitution a great legacy:  his library and papers.  Thanks to Camp Constitution’s newspaper editor, Mark Afflick, Mr. Eric Conover, the camp’s webmaster, and  Mr. Bill McNally of the Samuel L.  Blumenfeld Literacy Foundation, Camp Constitution has archived much of his great work for generations to come.

Each week we will feature items from the archives.  This week, we are featuring what we believe was his greatest work:  His “Alpha-Phonics” workbook with all 128 lessons in either audio or video.  There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on reading kits or programs.  All you need to do his access our Sam Blumenfeld archives and begin using Sam’s “Alpha-Phonics” to teach your child to be highly literate.   Here is a link to his Alpha-Phonics:  http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/alphaphonics/index.htm  The archives and all of our on-line resources are free to the public, but we can use your help promote these archives and our overall mission.  Readers can make an on-line donation via PayPal from our website’s home  page http://campconstitution.net/

 

The Blumenfeld Archives

 

 

George Washington

Today is “Presidents Day but it use to be known exclusively as George Washington’s Birthday.  We want to honor the memory of this gream man and have posted his “First Inaugural Address” which he gave on April 30, 1789:

Fellow Citizens of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month. On the one hand, I was summoned by my Country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love, from a retreat which I had chosen with the fondest predilection, and, in my flattering hopes, with an immutable decision, as the asylum of my declining years: a retreat which was rendered every day more necessary as well as more dear to me, by the addition of habit to inclination, and of frequent interruptions in my health to the gradual waste committed on it by time. On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my Country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens, a distrustful scrutiny into his qualification, could not but overwhelm with dispondence, one, who, inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpractised in the duties of civil administration, ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficencies.

In this conflict of emotions, all I dare aver, is, that it has been my faithful study to collect my duty from a just appreciation of every circumstance, by which it might be affected. All I dare hope, is, that, if in executing this task I have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof, of the confidence of my fellow-citizens; and have thence too little consulted my incapacity as well as disinclination for the weighty and untried cares before me; my error will be palliated by the motives which misled me, and its consequences be judged by my Country, with some share of the partiality in which they originated. Such being the impressions under which I have, in obedience to the public summons, repaired to the present station; it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the Universe, who presides in the Councils of Nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the People of the United States, a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes: and may enable every instrument employed in its administration to execute with success, the functions allotted to his charge. In tendering this homage to the Great Author of every public and private good, I assure myself that it expresses your sentiments not less than my own; nor those of my fellow-citizens at large, less than either.

No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency. And in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their United Government, the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities, from which the event has resulted, cannot be compared with the means by which most Governments have been established, without some return of pious gratitude along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage. These reflections, arising out of the present crisis, have forced themselves too strongly on my mind to be 2 suppressed. You will join with me I trust in thinking, that there are none under the influence of which, the proceedings of a new and free Government can more auspiciously commence.

By the article establishing the Executive Department, it is made the duty of the President “to recommend to your consideration, such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The circumstances under which I now meet you, will acquit me from entering into that subject, farther than to refer to the Great Constitutional Charter under which you are assembled; and which, in defining your powers, designates the objects to which your attention is to be given. It will be more consistent with those circumstances, and far more congenial with the feelings which actuate me, to substitute, in place of a recommendation of particular measures, the tribute that is due to the talents, the rectitude, and the patriotism which adorn the characters selected to devise and adopt them. In these honorable qualifications, I behold the surest pledges, that as on one side, no local prejudices, or attachments; no seperate views, nor party animosities, will misdirect the comprehensive and equal eye which ought to watch over this great assemblage of communities and interests: so, on another, that the foundations of our National policy will be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality; and the pre-eminence of a free Government, be exemplified by all the attributes which can win the affections of its Citizens, and command the respect of the world. I dwell on this prospect with every satisfaction which an ardent love for my Country can inspire: since there is no truth more thoroughly established, than that there exists in the economy and course of nature, an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness, between duty and advantage, between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy, and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity: Since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven, can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained: And since the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of Government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people. Besides the ordinary objects submitted to your care, it will remain with your judgment to decide, how far an exercise of the occasional power delegated by the Fifth article of the Constitution is rendered expedient at the present juncture by the nature of objections which have been urged against the System, or by the degree of inquietude which has given birth to them. Instead of undertaking particular recommendations on this subject, in which I could be guided by no lights derived from official opportunities, I shall again give way to my entire confidence in your discernment and pursuit of the public good: For I assure myself that whilst you carefully avoid every alteration which might endanger the benefits of an United and effective Government, or which ought to await the future lessons of experience; a reverence for the characteristic rights of freemen, and a regard for the public harmony, will sufficiently influence your deliberations on the question how far the former can be more impregnably fortified, or the latter be safely and advantageously promoted. To the preceeding observations I have one to add, which will be most properly addressed to the House of Representatives.

It concerns myself, and will therefore be as brief as possible. When I was first honoured with a call into the Service of my Country, then on the eve of an arduous 3 struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation. From this resolution I have in no instance departed. And being still under the impressions which produced it, I must decline as inapplicable to myself, any share in the personal emoluments, which may be indispensably included in a permanent provision for the Executive Department; and must accordingly pray that the pecuniary estimates for the Station in which I am placed, may, during my continuance in it, be limited to such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require. Having thus imparted to you my sentiments, as they have been awakened by the occasion which brings us together, I shall take my present leave; but not without resorting once more to the benign parent of the human race, in humble supplication that since he has been pleased to favour the American people, with opportunities for deliberating in perfect tranquility, and dispositions for deciding with unparellelled unanimity on a form of Government, for the security of their Union, and the advancement of their happiness; so his divine blessing may be equally conspicuous in the enlarged views, the temperate consultations, and the wise measures on which the success of this Government must depend.

A Convention of Elites–Mark Meckler of the Convention of States Makes a Case Against an Article V Convention

 Mark Meckler, Co-founder of the Convention of States Project has been very busy over the past few years lobbying state legislators to pass resolutions applying for an Article V Convention.  But a visit to the Living Room Conversations web site, we find an interesting quote from Mr. Mecker:

Mark Meckler, cofounder, Tea Party Patriots. “I am an enthusiastic champion for Living Room Conversations because over the last several years I’ve come to realize that the largest divide in this country is not between the citizens of one party or another, but between the citizens and the Ruling Elite in Washington, DC and the state capitols. Those in power want us to hate each other, neighbor against neighbor, city against city, and state against state. They like conservatives to hate liberals, Democrats to hate Republicans, and they want us hating each other over any issue where they can foment discord. They do this because it is profitable for them. While the majority of Americans say that Washington, DC and government in general are broken, the majority of those in office think things are working well because they gain money, power and prestige from the division they sow. The status quo does not serve the people of this country and Living Room Conversations is a critical step in helping people to see that they have a lot in common with those they’ve been told by the politicians and the media that they should hate. Only by learning to respect each other, and work together in this way is real change possible.”http://www.livingroomconversations.org/champions_2

He makes a claim that there is a ruling elite not only in Washington, D.C, but also at the state capitols.   When he testifies in front of state legislators, he doesn’t seem to mention these “Ruling Elite”  who are in power.  If he is correct, then why would he believe that an Article V Convention would be free of the Ruling Elite who want us to hate each other?

 

 

Keep the Electoral College: Abolish Progressivism! by Diane Gilbert of the National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies

Keep the Electoral College: Abolish Progressivism!

The process for choosing the President and the Vice President is laid out in Article 2.1.2 of the Constitution for the United States of America:

“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner, as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress . . . “

The American system of government is not a Democracy (mob rule); it is a Republic!  Per Article 4.4 of the Constitution, the American people are guaranteed a republican form of government, one in which: the people are governed by freely elected representatives and whose political power is divided, limited, checked and balanced. Yet, to listen to the TV talking heads and Progressive politicians whine about how the popular vote getter in the 2016 presidential campaign did not end up also winning the Oval Office, you might be led to believe that American government was originally framed as a pure democracy and that the Electoral College system is flawed.

Nothing could be further from the truth!  For, our nation’s Constitution does not provide for the Chief Executive to be chosen based upon the popular vote. The mode for electing the President was one of the most hotly debated issues addressed by the Delegates attending the 1787 Philadelphia Convention where the Constitution was framed. Chief among their concerns, was the safety of the people; to that end, the idea of relying upon “electors” became the preferred mode due to that system’s inherent capacity for mitigating any opportunity for fraud, foreign intrigue, cabal and/or corruption. The notion of electing the President by popular vote (direct election) was rejected because of the “tumult and disorder” it would stand to invite.

In debating the merits of one system over the over, Founding Fathers Elbridge Gerry of MA and George Mason of VA explain, that danger of election by the people at large lies in the opportunity for uninformed people to be dangerously “misled by a few designing men…” Presidential candidates who would tell them whatever they wanted hear, maybe even promise them the moon, in exchange for their vote:

“A popular election in this case is radically vicious.  The ignorance of the people would put it in the power of some one set of men dispersed through the Union, and acting in concert, to delude them into any appointment.”  [Elbridge Gerry, MA – Madison Papers]

 “It has been proposed that the election should be made by the people at large; that is, that an act which ought to be performed by those who know most of the eminent characters and qualifications should be performed by those who know least.” [George Mason, VA – Madison Papers]

A Safer More Equitable Mode: The Electoral College System

The Framers ultimately settled upon electing America’s Chief Magistrate by indirect popular vote. Per Article 2.1.2 each State would appoint a cadre of electors equal to the number of Representatives and Senators comprising the State’s congressional delegation. The electors were to be of a distinguishing caliber and vote “according to the dictates of their individual judgments.” That was then; in modern practice, with electors now pledged to vote along party lines, electors tend to uphold the sense of the people as revealed to them through their respective State’s popular vote.

Nevertheless, the Electoral College has more than lived up to the Framers’ expectations.  It has proven itself to be: 1) reliably, the safest mode for electing the President; 2) capable of mitigating fraud, cabal, foreign intrigue, and corruption; 3) effective in protecting the interests of the less populous States by ensuring each State is considered equally in terms of its weight within the Legislative Branch.

Furthermore, unlike its challenger, the national popular vote, the Electoral College honors the Framers’ view of Federalism in the way it acknowledges: the important role held by the States, the vertical separation of powers inherent to our nation’s system of dual-footed government.  Equally important, the Electoral College acts as a protective barrier against the advancement of tyranny of the majority in support of the Constitution’s guarantee of a republican form of government.

Alexander Hamilton, the one Founding Father the Progressives like to quote, said this about the Electoral College: “I venture somewhat further, and hesitate not to affirm, that if the manner of it [Electoral College] be not perfect, it is at least excellent. It unites in an eminent degree all the advantages; the union of which, was to be desired.” [Federalist Paper 68]

Thus, the clarion calls to abolish the Electoral College are ill placed and without merit. They emanate from the same Progressive mindset1 that convinced the American people to approve the17th Amendment (the popular election of U.S. Senators) by fabricating the lie that higher popular control of government made for good government. Now, more than a century after its ratification, we reap the bad fruit from progressivism’s deception.

The Electoral College is a bulwark against the Progressive agenda to turn America into a PURE democracy.
Throw off progressivism; but, keep the Electoral College!
_Dianne Gilbert \ Chairman
National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies, Inc.
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Camp Constitution Speakers Bureau Hosts Robert Brown on the Dangers of an Article V Convnention

Camp Constitution Speakers Bureau will host a speaking tour for Mr Robert Brown of Montana  on the dangers of an Article V Convention.  Mr. Brown, a Constitutional scholar and creator of the DVD series “The Constitution is the Solution,” will tour New Hamphire and Maine from Tuesday January 24 to Thursday January 26.  His schedule:

Tuesday January 24:

-8:30 AM        In Studio interview with Rich Girard of “Girard at Large Manchester NH

11:00 AM:       Press Conference Legislative Office Building 33 North State St Concord, NH

12:00 Noon    Private Lunch with NH legislatures

4:00 PM          In Studio Radio Interview with Karen Testerman Manchester

7:00  PM         Presentation Nashua Public Library 2 Court St. Nashua, NH Free admission

Wednesday January 25,

1:00 PM          Press Conference Maine State Capitol Building Welcome Center

6:30 PM          Presentation Lithgow Library  45 Winthrop St   Augusta, MA Free admission

Thursday:

12:00 Noon      Private Lunch with Maine Legislatures

7:00 PM            Presentation American Legion Post 181 Jefferson St. Waldoboro, ME  Free admission

For more information on this tour, please call Camp Constitution director Hal Shurtleff (857) 498-1309 or campconstitution1@gmail.com

Camp Constitution recently interviewed Mr Brown on the “Girard at Large Show”

 

 

Camp Constitution’s 2016 Review and Goals for 2017

Camp Constitution had its busiest year since its founding in 2009.

Annual Family Camp

We enjoyed the largest attendance in our camp’s history with about 120 people participating.   Our featured instructors were Mrs. KrisAnne Hall, and John McManus.  Mr. Mert  Melfa, and  Michael Smith did an incredible job videotaping the classes and activities and  uploaded on Youtube.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7jnzBzBiNYAKi9OYzt61K83fjwGrxP0 Mr. Mark Affleck did an excellent job as the camp’s newspaper editor and made copies available on the camp’s website  https://s3.amazonaws.com/camppictures/CampArchive/index.htmllhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/camppictures/CampArchive/index.html

Outreach:

We had information tables at two home school conventions:  Homeschoolers of Maine’s annual convention held in mid March, and the Mass Hope Home School  Convention which is the largest homeschool  convention in New England.  We  hosted a workshop at the Mass Hope Convention entitled “Dangers of an Article V Convention.”  Our presence at these two conventions led to new families attending our summer camp, the distribution of hundreds of copies of the U.S. Constitution, and our publications and reprints.

We had a float in the Dedham, MA Flag Day Parade for the 2nd year in a row where we passed out over 500 copies of the U.S. Constitution, and Camp Constitution brochures.  Thanks to Dan McGonigle and Emily Shurtleff, we manned an information table on July 4th at the Boston Common with the theme “Honoring the Signers.  We challenged folks to name  the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and distributed  copies of an article on the signers of the Declaration of Independence and their sacrifices.

We held information tables at two venues on the same day Saturday September 17th in Boxboro, MA and Nashua, NH.  The Boxboro event was the first annual “Reclaim America Rally” and the Nashua event was the National Heritage Center for Constitutional Studies’ annual Constitution Day Celebration where Camp Constitution’s director, Hal Shurtleff, was one of the speakers.  Volunteers for these events were Rich Seron, Bob and Nancy Seeley, and Dr. Kishore.

Thanks to the Ferretti family,  we were invited to participate in an all day (and evening) event celebratating the Constitution in Hyde Park, NY in mid September.

Pastor Scott Lively invited Rev. Craft, Dr. Kishore, and Hal Shurtleff to participate in the first annual New England Biblical Values Summit where we had an information table, and were panelists.

Our newly created speaker bureau hosted Dr. Duke Pesta for four presentation in Massachusetts and New Hampshire,  a speaking tour of Dr. Kishore and Rev Steve Craft in Maine, and a presentation on the dangers of an Article V Convention in the Boston area.  Many of these presentation have been videotaped and are uploaded on our Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7ME18Q1xiqcrPEn5h5FbA

We sponsored a press conference for Rev. Steve Craft to speak on the drug addiction and race issues in Maine which resulted in front page coverage in most of Maine’s daily newspapers, and four TV stations.

Sam Blumenfeld Archives

Thanks to the efforts of Mark Affleck, and Eric Conover, the camp’s webmaster,  we launched the Sam Blumenfeld Archives on our web site and are averaging over 150,000 views per month.  People from all over the world are making use of the excellent resources on this page.  http://blumenfeld.campconstitution.net/

Special Projects

We did a special project for Mr. G. Edward Griffin-videotaping a presentation of Dr. Willie Soon ,and will be in the credits for Mr. Griffin’s  documentary exposing the global warming fraud,.  We will be in another  documentary on the Dr. Kishore Story directed by Joaquin Fernandez.  He interviewed  Rev. Craft and  Hal Shurtleff .  We also compiled some footage from Dr. Kishore’s speaking tour in Maine that will be in the documentary.

Camp Constitution Press

Camp Constitution Press reprinted “Color, Communism, and Common Sense” by Manning Johnson, and have made plans for a speaking tour by Rev. Craft on this topic of how our nation’s enemies are using race to destroy our nation.  We also attended and videotaped the first annual  Nativity  Celebration at the Massachusetts State House.

Social Media

Camp Constitution’s Youtube channel has close to 1/4 of a million views and over 1,200 subscribers.  Our facebook page has over 1,000 likes.  We also renewed our Vimeo page, and have increased the number of articles on our Camp blog.

 Camp Constitution Radio

Camp Constitution Radio is in its second year.  This weekly show broadcasts on WBCQ The Planet Shortwave and http://ipmnation.com/    Guests in 2016 year’s  included Lord Christopher Monckton, Professor Willie Soon, Ed Martin, Director of Eagle Forum, Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center, and Joaquin Fernandez, co-director of the documentary  “Indoctrination.  We also appeared as guest on a number of radio shows including the Michelle McPhee Shoe in Boston,  and  guest hosted “The Girard at Large Show,: a popular morning show hosted by Rich Girard in Manchester, NH.

 2017

We would like to expand our outreach and mission which includes starting other camps around the country, a greater presence at home school shows and other venues.   We will be hosting Robert Brown, Constitutional Scholar and creator of “The Constitution is the Solution” in Maine and New Hampshire later this month to speak on the dangers of an Article V Convention, and have made arrangements to have an information table at the Nashua, NH gun show.  We have several book projects underway including a book written by our campers.

  What can you do?

Attend our 2017 Family Summer Camp and help get other families to attend.  Download the 2017 camp brochure: http://campconstitution.net/public-essays/

Host a Camp Constitution speaker in your town and/or encourage local patriotic and civic groups to host a speaker.

Share our Youtube videos.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7ME18Q1xiqcrPEn5h5FbA

Promote our website.  http://campconstitution.net/

Start a Constitution Club in your home, or local library.

Make a monthly donation via our PayPal account.  http://campconstitution.net/set-up-recurring-donations/

And pray that God will continue to bless our camp, and our nation.

 

 

 

Camp Constitution group photo 2016