| February 22, 2019 marks the 287th anniversary of the birth of George Washington, who, in this writer’s opinion, was the greatest man born in America. While there are numerous biographies written about this great and good man, I recommend two short books and his “Farewell Address”
“Washington’s 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior”
He wrote these 110 rules when he was 16 years old from a set of rules established by French Jesuits in 1595. Here is a sampling of those rules:
“When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered.”
|“Show Nothing to your Friend that may affright him.”|
|“In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.”
“The Bullet Proof George Washington”:
An account of George Washington’s part in the July 9th, 1755, battle during the French and Indian War.
During the two-hour battle, the 23-year-old Colonel Washington had ridden on the battlefield, delivering the general’s orders to other officers and troops. The officers had been a special target for the Indians. Of the eighty-six British and American officers, sixty-three were casualties. Washington was the only officer on horseback not shot down.
Following the battle, Washington wrote a letter to his brother in which he readily and openly acknowledged:
“By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence, I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me, yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!”
Fifteen years later, an old, respected Indian chief sought out Washington. The chief, explaining that he had led the Indians against them in the battle fifteen years earlier, revealed to Washington what had occurred behind the scenes during the conflict:
“I called to my young men and said, mark yon tall and daring warrior. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies. Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss–’twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you…I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven, and who can never die in battle.”
His “Farewell Address”:
Washington’s plan to retire from office would come to be known as his “Farewell Address.” In 1792, when Washington considered leaving office, he had James Madison write a draft. In 1796, Alexander Hamilton did a rewrite and Washington edited it. The “American Daily Advertiser,” a paper in Philadelphia, the seat of the nation’s capital at the time, published it on September 19, 1796. Here are a few of the points that have stood the test of time:
“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain, would man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness”
“It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding the exercise of the power of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments into one, and thus create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism” and
“The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible.”
May this generation of Compatriots endeavor to keep George Washington’s legacy alive for generations yet unborn.
Hal Shurtleff, Member of the Boston Chapter of the MASSAR, and co-founder and director of Camp Constituti
The latest phonics reading program promises to make a reader out of
your child. All you need is the program ($199 plus tax: plus shipping and
handling), various manuals and workbooks, a blackboard, flashcards, a record
player, a cassette player, a VCR, a computer, and a nuclear reactor. Well, okay,
so I exaggerate a bit–but we do have a tendency to make simple things rather
A good antidote to this irksome tendency is The New first
issued in 1973, and every bit as relevant in this 1988 edition [The Paradigm
Company, Box 45161, Boise, Idaho 83711]. No one knows as much about
America’s reading problems, or the solution, as Sam Blumenfeld. With skill and
erudition, he has devastated the “look-say” reading establishment. And he has
produced a true phonics program without all the distractions and frivolities
which characterize some of the products on the market. (I have taught, and am
teaching, my children to read using Mr. Blumenfeld’s so I am
not exactly an unbiased observer when it comes to praising his works.)
There are some 25 or 30 million functional illiterates in our fair land,
and, as Mr. Blumenfeld notes, “no professional educator has stepped forward to
accept responsibility for having helped create this state of affairs. It is assumed
by virtually everyone that all of this ‘just happened’ and that no one’s to blame.
Certainly none of the educational leaders of the last fifty years is to blame. After
all, no one’s been fired.” (preface) The powers that be among the educrats
would like us to believe that these folks are illiterate because they have minimal
brain damage, perceptual retardation, and a host of various and sundry learning
disabilities. Rather than attributing illiteracy to genetic deficiency in the
learner, Mr. Blumenfeld identifies it as “the inability of about half the children
taught to read via Dick and Jane to acquire an adequate sight vocabulary that can
take them beyond the controlled reading materials of the third or fourth
grades.” (pg. 72) Even the dread “dyslexia” is simply “a fancy medical term
coined especially to describe the perfectly normal, intelligent youngster who
can’t learn how to read by the whole-word method.” (pg. 108)
One of the strengths of Mr. Blumenfeld’s book is that he does not just
describe the current Situation, but he places it in its historical context. Present
problems are traced back to such scoundrels as Horace Mann in the 19th
century and John Dewey in the 20th. We learn that in the 1830’s in Boston was
a major philosophical battle concerning the nature and methods of teaching.
Mann and his disciples opposed the traditional and conservative educational
practices of the Boston schoolmasters. Mann is quoted as saying, “I am satisfied
that our greatest error in teaching children to read, lies in beginning with the
alphabet.” (pg. 147) Thus, Mann declared that the alphabetic method, which
had been used for thousands of years in cultures which had an alphabetic
language, was in error, and English, an alphabetic language, should be taught as
if it were an hieroglyphic language. This ranks as one of the worst educational
decisions ever made in America. Mr. Blumenfeld comments that in Mann’s
time, there “was a climate of revolt against traditional academic discIpline, and
for many refonners the alphabet seemed to symbolize that discipline.” (pgs.
Despite the labors of Mann and his cronies, most American children were
taught to read via McGuffey’s readers and Webster’s spellers. Thus, throughout
the 19th century, most American children were not intellectually crippled by
the “look-say, whole-word” method. It was not until the 20th century that the
“second wave” of proponents made this method virtually universal, led by the
terrible trio of Francis Parker, G. Stanley Hall and Dewey. For these champions
of progressive education, the look-say method was perfect. It kept the students
sufficiently passive so that they could work toward their real goal, a new social
order. “The theory behind progressive education was that life adjustment, or
the development of the proper social spirit, was really the primary purpose of
education and that the traditional academiC approach in which the tools of
learning were first mastered was not appropriate for the new age of social
consciousness.” (pg. 156)
Thus, a foreign method of the teaching of reading was thrust upon the
children of America–“we have forced millions of children to read as if the
alphabet had never been invented. And we have seen an entire educational
system perverted to accommodate the illogic and confUSion of a defective
teaching method.” (pg. 214) The second half of this book is a phonics primer,
so that parents can teach their children how to read. It’s short, it’s simple, and
A final word from Mr. Blumenfeld. “When one begins to think of the
incalculable damage done to the young minds of America through defective
teaching techniques, one can scarcely contain one’s anger. (Rudolph) Flesch
was accused of writing in anger by his critics. as if anger were an inappropriate
reaction to gross pedagogical malpractice which has had a ruinous effect on the
literacy of millions of children … If it bothers you to see children suffering and
failing needlessly because of defective teaching methods obstinately adhered to
against all criticism. you will become angry … While researching this book I
have been amazed at the coolness of the leading members of the sight
vocabulary establishment, the detached way in which they have been able to
catalog and discuss all of the things that were wrong with normal children who
couldn’t learn to read by way of an outmoded method discarded by the deaf. If
there is one thing these teachers have lacked it is humility. and a teacher
without humility is no teacher at all. Their stupidity has only been excelled by
their pride and their greed.” (pg. 21)
Last week I had the honor to participate in the Property Rights Network Conference Call hosted by our good friend Tom DeWeese of the American Policy Center. Here is his message with a link to the call below.
PROPERTY RIGHTS NETWORK CONFERENCE CALL #2 in Property Rights by Tom DeWeese
The second Property Rights Network training call was a huge success with several hundred people tuning in. The focus of this call was to provide local activists with tools and strategies they need to effectively fight local Agenda 21/Sustainable policies on the local level. Two of the most effective grassroots activists in the nation were featured
Hal has been on the front lines, confronting elected officials and NGO activists, training local grassroots leaders, and conducting hundreds of presentations on Agenda 21, from Maine to Michigan. He hosts his own radio show and You Tube channel through which he provides vital training and background information. And he has made Camp Constitution a national force in the fight. He shared many useful tactics to help you fight at home!
Dan is an author and publisher and has created some of the most effective tools to present to elected officials to teach them about the threat of imposing Agenda 21 policies. He works tirelessly against the creation of the unelected agencies, boards, bodies, and commissions that are the tools for enforcing Agenda 21. He’s even succeeded in getting one city in the People’s Republic of California to ban Agenda 21. Dan will share with us he new effort called “America: Don’t Be Like California,” an effort to warn other States about the consequences of these failed policies that have ruined California. His insights will give you many ideas on how to fight at home in your own community.
I am determined to make strong progress this year against Agenda 21 in cities across the nation. To do that will take an educated and dedicated force of grassroots activists. This call was a major step forward in achieving that goal. Together we can win this fight and restore our property rights, our culture, and our system of representative government.
A link to the program on Camp Constitution’s Podomatic page https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2019-02-04T18_27_43-08_00
Links mentioned on this conference call:
Camp Constitution – http://campconstitution.net/
iAgenda21 – http://iagenda21.com/pdfs/
grindall61 YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzdFxuJkSodM1KzV4J1Ez2w
American Policy Center – https://americanpolicy.org/
Local Activist – https://localactivist.org/
I sent Professor Soon the letter, and he forwarded it to Paul Driessen who is the senior policy adviser for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), and author of articles of books on energy, the environment. and human rights abuses. Mr. Driessen, with input from Michael Lee Greer, did some editing, and converted the letter into an article. with links to the flyer and video. Mr. Driessen then forwarded it to his contacts. Within a few days, it was published by organizations including the Heartland Institute, Canada Free Press CFACT, and wattsupwiththat https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/01/16/dont-ban-plastic-bags/
Camp Constitution has received an excellent response both locally and nationally. A number of people have contacted us. A man from Alexandria, VA contacted us, and said that he download the flyer and is passing them out to people at his local Trader Joes. A lady from Ventura Beach, California called us and said that she visited our website after seeing the article, and will talk to her group about starting a Camp Constitution in her area. A man who owns six restaurants in Boston contacted us and asked to help with lifting the ban. In addition, Boston’s only conservative city councilor will sponsor a bill to lift the ban. Not all were happy about the letter, however. a local group in my neighborhood worked together to discredit me, and our efforts to expose the truth, but it only generated more support for us.
In 1964, Sam Blumenfeld visited Dr. Moise Tshombe while he was in exile living in Madrid, Spain. Sam was the founder of the American Friends of Katanga. Here is a link to the interview of Dr. Tshombe, a victim of the Pro-Communist policies of Western nations and the United Nations which used mainly white soldiers to subjugate the Province of Katanga.
Mark your calendars for Camp Constitution’s 11th Annual Family Camp which will held the Lakeside Christian Retreat and Conference Center in Pittsfield, MA. The camp will run from Sunday afternoon July 28 and end Saturday morning August 3.
Like every year, we have an excellent line-up of instructors, and this year is no exception. Returning instructors include Professor Willie Soon, Lord Christopher Monckton, Pastor Earl Wallace, Debbie Bacigalupi, Mrs. Edith Craft, Rev. Steve Craft, John McManus, and Mrs. Catherine White. First time instructors include Malena Chastion, founder of the Daughters of Liberty, and Joseph Wolverton, journalist and author of “The Real James Madison.” Other instructors will be announced as we get conformation.
Recreational activities include an optional hike up Mt. Greylock, swimming, canoeing, basketball, volleyball, wffleball, and chess. Alan Belanger, A..K,A. “Spunky the Clown.” will return to entertain. and teach the fine art of juggling. A field trip to the Springfield Arsenal Museum is planned as well.
Tuition remains the same as last year $350, per person 13 and older $250. for children 12 and under, and three and under free. If you can’t attend but would like to help a worthy youngster attend. please earmark a donation fora tuition via our camp’s PayPal account accessed from our website’s homepage www.campconstitution.net For more information, please feel free to call me at (857) 498-1309. Here is a link to a collection of photos from last year’s camp: http://s3.amazonaws.com/camppictures/2018/index.html
Looking forward to another excellent camp and I hope to see you there.
Hal Shurtleff, Director
12 March Ave.
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Our Annual Family Camp: This was our first year at the Lakeside Christian Camp and Conference Center in Pittsfield, MA. We had our most successful camp, and out largest turnout in our 11 year history. We assembled an outstanding group of instructors which included first-timers Dr. Duke Pesta, Lord Christopher Monckton, Debbie Bacigalupi, and Barbara from Harlem. We had over 18 junior campers (ages 5-11), and attendees from as far as California, Florida, Louisiana and Great Britain. Mr. John Mead, the director of Lakeside, asked us how Lakeside can help promote the 2019 camp which runs from July 28-August 3.
Weekend Camp: We were disappointed by the results of our September weekend camp held in Maine, but we did learn a lesson for planning future camps. We broke even. produced an excellent video of a presentation by Professor Willie Soon, and had the opportunity to introduce our program to some new people.
The Sam Blumenfeld Archives: Hits: Approximately 1.8 million, “Alpha-Phonics” Downloaded 125,000. Instructions for “Alpha-Phonics”: 25,000, Other titles Approximately 10,000 downloaded
YouTube: We are closing in on one million views. We are averaging about 2,000 views per day, and we have over 4,000 subscribers. Debbie Bacigalupi’s class on Agenda 21 has over 36,000 views with 30,000 views in over a two-week period.
Facebook Page: Our Facebook page has over 1,725 likes. Our live videos average over 3,000 views.
Speakers Bureau: We either hosted or were guest speakers at 42 events.
Media: Our Christian Flag Lawsuit generated hundreds of articles all over the United States including “The Chicago Tribune,” “The Los Angeles Times,” “The Boston Globe,” World Net Daily, and several Boston area TV stations. In mid November, six outlets carried a story about Professor Soon, and Lord Monckton at our camp. We appeared as guests on 19 radio stations including five for the first time. We guest hosted a show in Connecticut-the Lori on Liberty Show. Our instructors appeared as guest on several live on line shows including the “Morse Force,” ‘The Dr. Duke Pesta Show, and Uncompromised Talk.” We have the hosts send us the interviews in an MP3 and.or MP4 format and upload them to our YouTube and Podomatic Channel
Article V Convention opposition: We testified against resolutions in Maine and New Hampshire where all pending resolutions were defeated. In New Hampshire, the committee hearing the proposed resolutions soundly defeated the Convention of States resolution 17-1. The Wolf PAC resolution which passed in committee in Massachusetts was changed to a non- binding resolution. In late March, we held a press conference and outreach at the Pennsylvania State House with several members of the media on hand. In Maine, we interviewed State Rep Sheldon Hannington who sponsored an Article V Convention but now strongly opposes one. We also did an interview of Dr. John Eidsmoe and made it available on our YouTube channel. We continue to E-mail updates and info on pending resolutions to our friends in New England, PA, OH, VA, and MI.
Camp Constitution Radio on Podomatic: Our Podomatic page continues to be in the top ten (most days-out of approximately 160) for the category of “Conservative-Right. We even hit the Number 2 spot for a few days. We had 1,681 shows downloaded, over 5,000 visits, and dozens of embeds. Our show originates on WBCQ The Planet and is heard twice a week on the station as well as weekly on ipmnation.com and on our YouTube Channel
Camp Constitution Books: We have sold over $7,000 worth of books either via Amazon or on Facebook. We have been blessed by recent donations of over 3,000 books including from Professor Mike Patterson, Ed Sargent, Bill McNally, and Victor and Lois Porlier.
Special Projects: In early June, we presented 1,200 pocket copies of the U.S. Constitution to the Manchester, NH School Committee. We also donated copies of the Constitution to “Constitution Camp” in Chillicothe, Ohio, a teacher on Cape Cod, and a Boston, MA area talk show host where he will make them available to his listeners. Mr. John Grieco donated 4.000 copies of the U.S. Constitution to us. Attorney Michelle Arace who attended camp this year, is donating her services to copyright Camp Constitution.
Camp Constitution Media: We videotaped presentations at 20 events, and made them available on our YouTube Channel including the Boston Tea Party Reenactment.
Camp Constitution Press: Thanks to a generous donor, we were able to reprint several titles including “Catechism on the U.S. Constitution.”
Outreach: We had info tables at 18 events (other than our own) including three homeschool shows: Homeschoolers of Maine, Mass Hope, and Christian Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania, and floats in the Flag Day Parade in Dedham, MA, the July 4th Parade in Pittsfield MA , and the Roslindale (Boston), MA Day Parade. We distributed over 2,000 copies of the U.S. Constitution, and Camp Constitution promotional flyers at these events.
Other Activities: I was appointed director of the Samuel Blumenfeld Foundation which is a 501 (c) 3. The Foundation has the rights to “Phonics for Success.”
How you can help grow our program:
Start a Constitution Club
Host a “What is Camp Constitution” presentation in your area
Introduce people to the Sam Blumenfeld Archives:
Like our Facebook Page and introduce it to others:
God has bless our efforts in 2018, and we are looking ahead for a successful 2019. We have recently received and accepted speaking engagements in Virginia, and Tennessee. We have signed up and paid for info tables for three homeschool shows. We are lining instructors for our 2019 camp, and will send out a news release over the next few weeks.
Hal Shurtleff, Director
A Visit from the Christ Child
Twas the morning of Christmas, when all through the house
All the family was frantic, including my spouse;
For each one of them had one thing only in mind,
To examine the presents St. Nick left behind.
The boxes and wrapping and ribbons and toys
Were strewn on the floor, and the volume of noise
Increased as our children began a big fight
Over who got the video games, who got the bike.
I looked at my watch and I said, slightly nervous,
“Let’s get ready for church, so we won’t miss the service.”
The children protested, “We don’t want to pray:
We’ve just got our presents, and we want to play!”
It dawned on me then that we had gone astray,
In confusing the purpose of this special day;
Our presents were many and very high priced
But something was missing – that something was Christ!
I said, “Put the gifts down and let’s gather together,
And I’ll tell you a tale of the greatest gift ever.
“A savior was promised when Adam first sinned,
And the hopes of the world upon Jesus were pinned.
Abraham begat Isaac, who Jacob begat,
And through David the line went to Joseph, whereat
This carpenter married a maiden with child,
Who yet was a virgin, in no way defiled.
“Saying ‘Hail, full of Grace,’ an archangel appeared
To Mary the Blessed, among women revered:
The Lord willed she would bear – through the Spirit – a son.
Said Mary to Gabriel, ‘God’s will be done.’
“Now Caesar commanded a tax would be paid,
And all would go home while the census was made;
Thus Joseph and Mary depart Galilee
For the city of David to pay this new fee.
“Mary’s time had arrived, but the inn had no room,
So she laid in a manger the fruit of the womb;
And both Joseph and Mary admired as He napped
The Light of the World, in His swaddling clothes wrapped.
“Three wise men from the East had come looking for news
Of the birth of the Savior, the King of the Jews;
They carried great gifts as they followed a star –
Gold, frankincense, myrrh, which they’d brought from afar.
“As the shepherds watched over their flocks on that night,
The glory of God shone upon them quite bright,
And an angel explained the intent of the birth,
Saying, “Glory to God and His peace to the earth.”
“For this was the Messiah whom prophets foretold,
A good shepherd to bring his sheep back to the fold;
He was God become Man, He would die on the cross,
He would rise from the dead to restore Adam’s loss.
“Santa Claus, Christmas presents, a brightly lit pine,
Candy canes and spiked eggnog are all very fine;
Let’s have fun celebrating, but leave not a doubt
That Christ is what Christmas is really about!”
The children right then put an end to the noise,
They dressed quickly for church, put away all their toys;
For they knew Jesus loved them and said they were glad
Reprinted with permission by The New American Magazine
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Today is the 227th Anniversary of the adoption of the first 10 Amendments of the U.S. Constitution know as the Bill of Rights
Camp Constitution participated in a celebration of Bill of Rights Day hosted by the National Heritage Center for Constitution Studies at the New Hampshire State House. The guest speaker was our good friend Pastor Garrett Lear. Here is a link to his presentation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqcJhdVVjZ8
Camp Constitution Press just reprinted the “Elementary Catechism on the United States for the Use of Schools” by Arthur J. Stansbury 1828 with a foreword by our own Ruth Harper. We are making these available for $10. each or 3 for $20 (Price includes shipping and handling). You may order the books by E-mailing me your mailing address and paying via our PayPal account accessed from our website’s homepage http://www.campconstitution.net or by sending me a check payable to Camp Constitution at 12 March Ave. West Roxbury, MA 02132