Camp Constitution 2021 Archives

The archives are updated to reflect our 2021 Camp. What a camp it was! We had 1240 photos and 9 videos uploaded to: CAMP Photos. Also, if you are missing any of the newspapers, or would like color versions you can download them from the archive. Use the Camp Journal Archives link to get a list of all the old newspapers and schedules.

Some of the videos include campfire performances and cannon fire. Newspaper articles of interest include the collapsing Government Schools, Christopher Columbus truth, Constitutionality of a National Bank, Sun cycles and Sun spots as an impact on climate.

Thank you to all who attended. I hope you enjoyed camp as much as I. If you have not attended, what are you waiting for? This is the best deal you could imagine!

And since we sold out early, I suggest you get your 2022 reservations in.

Another Biden Administration eco-con   Mr. Biden will “preserve 30% of our land” – and blanket America with wind, solar and landfills  by Paul Driessen

 

The French Revolution by Dr. Peter Hammond

 
14 July is celebrated in France as Bastille Day. It commemorates the storming of the Bastille and the launch of The French Revolution.

A Time of Turmoil
The French Revolution was one of the most influential events of modern history. The ten-year period from 1789 to 1799 when France went from a Monarchy to a Republic, to a Reign of Terror, to Dictatorship was one of the most tumultuous times in European history.

Myth and Reality
Much myth and romantic legend has been written on what some politicians would like the French Revolution to have been, but the reality was that the French Revolution was a monstrous horror. In the name of “liberty, equality, fraternity or death!” over 40,000 people lost their heads to the guillotine, 300,000 people were publicly executed by firing squads, drownings and other methods of mass murder and ultimately many millions died in the 25 years of war and upheavals that resulted.

The Prototype Revolution
The French Revolution has been the inspiration and model for all socialist and communist revolutions in modern history. As so many today seem entranced by the deceptive promises of communism, it is vital that we look again at what communism really is and why so many rose up in resistance against it. Over 30 years ago, the Iron Curtain fell, Soviet satellites broke free, the Soviet Union collapsed and the world rejoiced in a new birth of freedom. Yet, today, there is an entire generation who are apparently ignorant that they are being lied to and used, to advance a failed and evil system, under the delusion that they are working for a better and more just world. Those of us who fought against communism during the Cold War need to remind the younger generation of the reality which destroys the modern propaganda narrative being taught on so many university campuses and broadcast under the guise of news on the mainstream/lame stream media. Communism is the most malicious and destructive system in the history of mankind. God’s Covenant people have beaten it before and we must defeat communism again. “Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16

Deliberate Design
Lord Acton in his Lectures on the French Revolution observed: “The appalling thing in the French Revolution is not the tumult, but the design. Through all the fire and smoke we perceive the evidence of calculating organization. The managers remain studiously concealed and masked; but there is no doubt about their presence from the first.”

Tools of Revolution
The tools of the French Revolution were: dis-information, propaganda, the subversion of language, malice, envy, hatred, jealousy, mass murder and foreign military adventurism as a diversion to distract the masses from the failure of government. These tools have been implemented by more modern revolutionaries: Vladimir Lenin, Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse Tung, Fidel Castro, Che Guevare, Patrice Lumumba, Nicolai Ceausescu, Pol Pot, Ho Chi Minh and Robert Mugabe.

Revolutionary Ideas
The power mad and disenchanted have continued to sing the praises of the French Revolution, and to attempt to replicate its ideals in revolutions as far afield as Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, the Congo and Zimbabwe. Demonic forces and the Enlightenment ideas of humanist philosophers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire prepared the ground for revolution.

Disenchantment and Degeneration
Historian Otto Scott observed: “French intellectuals, middle and upper classes had grown ashamed of their country, history and institutions. Such a phenomenon had never before arisen in any nation or race throughout the long history of mankind. …a great loosening began; the country slowly came apart… for the first time since the decadent days of Rome, pornography emerged from its caves and circulated openly in a civilised nation. The Catholic Church in France was intellectually gutted; the priests lost their faith along with the congregations. Strange cults appeared; sex rituals, black magic, satanism. Perversion became not only acceptable, but fashionable. Homosexuals held public balls to which heterosexuals were invited and the police guarded their carriages… the air grew thick with plans to restructure and reconstruct all traditional French society and institutions.” (Robespierre – Inside the French Revolution, the Reformer Library, New York, 1974.)

The Role of the News Media
“The heirs of the Enlightenment of the late 18th century… launched the first Revolution in all history against the ideas of Christianity, and Christianity’s God. …the press… was spearhead, font, and fuel for these discussions… the journals were mixtures of politics and smut. They admired agitators extravagantly and never discussed the Church without mention of scandal, nor the government without criticism. They relied heavily on tales of sin in high places and high handed outrages of the court; no name, however highly placed and illustrious, escaped. …through its journals and pamphlets …it could distort, colour, plead, argue, lie, report, and misreport the information upon which the balance of the realm depended.” (Otto Scott, Robespierre)

The Debt Crisis
The French involvement in the American War of Independence against Great Britain created an enormous debt for France. This debt added to the financial crises which had started with France’s involvement in the earlier ruinous Seven Years War against Great Britain and Prussia. The colossal debt added to the financial crises which propelled the French state into bankruptcy.

Side-lined from Recovery
King Louis XVI began his reign wisely. He dismissed the large number of corrupt and incompetent ministers inherited from the court of his father, Louis XV and he appointed an excellent economist, Anne Robert Jacques Turgot as Controller General. Turgot proposed drastic solutions to France’s crises: the cancelation of tax privileges for the nobles, the abolition of industrial monopolies, removal of restrictions on free enterprise, and other bold, practical measures. However, the nobles pressured Louis XVI to dismiss Turgot.

Stop Gap Measures to Stave off Economic Collapse
The young banker Jacques Necker was then given the task of managing the unmanageable bankrupt economy. He bravely tried some short-term measures to stave off the inevitable economic collapse. But when he attempted to move towards adopting Turgot’s free market strategies, the privileged nobles and wealthy middle-class forced the king to dismiss him too. This was in 1781. Louis entrusted one hapless man after another with the financial crises, but all to no avail. France’s international credit rating was plummeting and the country was no longer able to secure loans.

Bankruptcy
By mid-1788, the government had become paralysed and no longer able to avoid admitting bankruptcy. The king was forced to re-instate Necker and call for a meeting of the Estates-General to be convened in May 1789.

The Estates General
The Estates General consisted of three houses, the first Estate was the Clergy, the second Estate was the Nobles and the third Estate were merchants and the common people. Although the third house had twice as many people as the other houses, each house was understood historically to have only one vote. Louis’ government failed to specify how the three houses of the Estates-General were to function, nor did he provide them with any Agenda or Constitution.

The National Assembly
The commoners in the third house boldly organised themselves as a self-contained National Assembly. The nobles were outraged and convinced Louis XVI to send troops to blockade the hall where the Assembly planned to meet. The third Estate then met on a nearby tennis court and vowed to continue in session until they could complete a new Constitution for the nation. This was outright rebellion against the authority of the king. Yet, on 27 June 1789, Louis ordered the other two estates to join the commoners in a new combined Assembly.

The Liberals
The National Assembly spent most of its time debating the latest philosophical and political theories. The Marquis de Lafayette, who had achieved fame through his involvement in the American war of Independence, espoused the cause of freedom and rallied the liberal wing of nobles around him. The Count of Mirabeau dominated the Assembly through his eloquent campaign for a constitutional monarchy.

The Fanatics
The most fanatical extremists gravitated to Maximilien Robespierre who was a strong devotee of the writings of radical philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire. Rousseau wrote that: “It is necessary to have a cohesive force to organise and coordinate the movements of (societies), members.” Rousseau advocated constant agitation for “equality” in order to maintain an atmosphere of fear where individual differences will not be tolerated. Inspired by the defiance of the Assembly and stirred up by revolutionary pamphlets and speeches, mobs began to roam the streets of Paris attacking and murdering royal officials.

Coordinated Chaos
France’s financial house of cards collapsed. Capital fled the country and economic depression resulted. A series of events combined to create food shortages and hunger. Agitators panned out across the countryside to destroy the grain stores and terrorise the inhabitants. Hired mobs staged “spontaneous” riots in Paris. The powers of government then collapsed. Everything fell apart with astonishing co-ordination.

Reaction
In reaction, some of the nobles persuaded the king to seek to reassert royal authority. Soldiers were ordered into the streets of Paris as a show of strength. The appearance of the soldiers inspired mobs to seize whatever weapons they could find and to storm the old fortress of the Bastille.

Revolution
The French Revolution is officially dated from this point: 14 July 1789. The Bastille had become a symbol of hated tyranny and much legend has grown out of this event. As it so happens, there were no political prisoners at the Bastille at that time, and despite the fact that the Lieutenant Governor of the Bastille, M. De Launay, was guaranteed safe conduct and surrendered the fortress under a white flag of truce, the mob massacred his soldiers, and the governor, cutting off their heads and carrying them on spikes throughout the streets. As body parts of the defenders of the Bastille were paraded through the streets, a mere seven prisoners were found in the Bastille. When the news reached the palace of Versailles, King Louis was astonished: “This is revolt!” He said. The Duc de la Rochefoucauld-Liancourt responded: “No, Sire, it is a Revolution!”

Appeasement
The next day King Louis arrived, simply dressed and with no bodyguards or attendants, and spoke at the National Assembly. He had ordered the troops to leave Paris, so that the people would have no reason to fear their king. Louis assured them that he had confidence in the Assembly. The deputies rose to their feet cheering with great fervour. 88 of the deputies gathered at the Paris City Hall and took turns speaking to the enormous crowd from the balcony. The famous 32-year-old Lafayette was elected General of the National Guard.

Deterioration
While many seemed optimistic for the future, Marie Antoinette was filled with foreboding and burned her private papers. Nobles fled the court and the country, with many settling across the border. On the 17 July the king travelled to Paris to identify with the revolutionary mob. In October a mob marched to Versailles demanding that the king transfer his residence to Paris. On 6 October, the royal family were escorted by the rioters to Paris where they could be under the control of the revolutionaries.

Manipulation of the Masses
Otto Scott observed that: “Paris, like the nation, was divided into the politically active and the passive, between the many confused, disorganised and abstracted and the highly concentrated organised and intent few.” (Robespierre).

Radicalisation
Two clubs came to dominate the Assembly at this time: The Cordeliers were led by Georges Jacques Danton and Jean Paul Marat. The Jacobins were skilfully manipulated by Robespierre.

The Origin of the Left Wing
It was in the French Revolution that the terms “left wing” and “right wing” were first coined. Those on the left were the Radicals, who proudly adopted the designation as a symbol of their Revolutionary defiance of Christian tradition which always represented those on the right hand of God as saved, and those on the left as damned. (James Billington, Fire in the Minds of Men: Origin of the Revolutionary Faith.)

The Hijacking of the Church
On 4 August 1789, the Nobles and Clergy renounced their privileges in the name of revolutionary equality. On 2 November 1789, the Assembly voted to confiscate church property and issue new paper money, called Assignats. This sparked off rampant inflation. In July 1790 the Assembly nationalised the Roman Catholic Church by enacting the Civil Constitution of the Clergy. The Assembly undertook to pay the salaries of the priests from the National Treasury and to create a French church under the control of the government. Pope Pius VI excommunicated all clergymen who took the new oath demanded by the Assembly. Most of the clergy refused to take the oath and were evicted from their pulpits and parishes. France was divided into 83 Departments (counties).

Declaration of the Rights of Man
The National Assembly produced the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens. Although this was patterned after the English Bill of Rights of 1689 and the American Bill of Rights which had been appended to the United States Constitution, the French Declaration embodied mostly humanistic ideas of the Enlightenment. While attempting to adopt many of the forms of the Biblically orientated Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights, the French Declaration of the Rights of Man failed to recognise the Creator and ignored the Biblical foundations for true freedom. A new Constitution was completed in 1791, with a unicameral legislature elected by “active citizens”. Before Mirabeau died, in April 1791, he predicted that all their well-deliberated efforts at Reform would collapse and be washed away in a bloodbath.

Abolishing the Monarchy
Louis XVI attempted to flee with his family from France on the night of 20 June 1791. When radicals discovered them, they blocked their path and escorted the royal family back to Paris. Danton and Robespierre seized upon this event as an opportunity to proclaim that France was a Republic. As the new Legislative Assembly met, 1 October 1791, the Girondists proposed replacing the just-adopted Constitution and creating a Republic.

War
Deeply concerned for the fate of the royal family, Austria, ruled by Leopold II, the brother of Mary Antoinette, prepared to invade France. The Assembly declared war on Austria in 1792. The French were soon defeated by the Austrians and the Prussians.

Massacre
The mob stormed the king’s residence and massacred the royal Swiss guards. The Assembly voted to depose the king and write a new constitution. On 10 August 1792 the municipal government was overthrown and Danton became the self-appointed national dictator. The entire male population was drafted for military service and weapons production entered high gear. In September 1792, terrorist mobs swarmed through the prisons and massacred thousands of prisoners including many nobles who had been arrested for no other reason than that they were nobility.

Killing the King
A new National Convention was called on 21 September 1792 to write a new constitution. In December, the Convention summoned the deposed King, Louis Capet as he was now called. On 21 January 1793 King Louis XVI was beheaded on the guillotine.

Coalition Against Revolution
All of Europe was horrified and a coalition was formed against France. Austria, England, Holland, Prussia, Spain and Piedmont prepared to restore order to France and prevent the exporting of revolution to their own regions.

The Reign of Terror
The Jacobins mobilised the mob to invade the Convention and arrest the 31 leading Girondists. This launched the Reign of Terror, which officially began 2 June 1793. Robespierre established the Committee of Public Safety. A policy of mass public terror was unleashed with Revolutionary Tribunals, in which all “enemies of the Revolution” were summarily tried. Mere accusations were tantamount to verdicts of guilt. The trials were abrupt with no real opportunity granted to the accused to prepare or present any defence. The accused were quickly convicted and carted off to the guillotine.

Killing of the Queen
The Queen, 38-year-old Mary Antoinette, was dragged through the mockery of a trial and guillotined on 16 October. Her son, later recognised as Louis XVII, died as a result of inhuman treatment by his revolutionary jailers.

Heads Roll
Twenty-one Girondist leaders, including Madam Roland, were also beheaded shortly after the Queen. The Duke of Orleans who had joined the Jacobins and taken the name of citizen Egaliter, even voting for the death of his cousin the King, was also executed at this time.

Big Bang Social Science
Romantic occultism taught a big bang theory of social science. If one could blow up, or burn down, enough buildings, kill enough people and destroy enough things, you could produce Utopia!

Destruction
The Reign of Terror spread throughout France. When one city sought to resist, it was destroyed. The revolutionaries set up a pillar outside Lyons inscribed: “Lyons waged war with Liberty. Lyons is no more.” Toulon was subjugated under the leadership of a young artillery officer from Corsica, Napoleon Bonaparte.

War Against God
The Committee of Public Safety launched a vicious atheistic war against Christianity. They invented a new religion which they called the Cult of Reason. At a festival at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris an actress was enthroned as the “goddess of the French people.” France was renamed “The Republic of Virtue”. Ancient Rome was lifted up as its model. The press and theatres were turned into instruments for state propaganda. Fashions changed to immoral loose Roman robes. Over 2,000 churches were renamed Temples of Reason and hijacked for the promotion of this cult.

A Secular Religion
Historian Arnold Toynbee wrote: “In the Revolution a sinister ancient religion suddenly re-erupted with elemental violence… the fanatical worship of collective human power. The Terror was only the first of the mass-crimes that have been committed… in this evil religions name.” (John Wilson, The gods of Revolution.)

Meltdown
The revolutionaries began to turn on one another. Danton was executed 5 April 1794. On 7 May, Robespierre sought to impose a new religion on France, declaring a new calendar to replace the Christian calendar. 21 September 1792, the day the Monarchy had ended, was declared the First day of year one of their revolutionary calendar. Robespierre appointed himself as high priest of the Supreme Being in this new cult.

Reaping What They Had Sown
On 27 July 1794, Robespierre and 20 other of his henchmen were seized and executed by the survivors of the Convention. More than 40,000 victims had been murdered on the guillotine under the Reign of Terror. Over two-thirds of those victims had been peasants, artisans and workers. As Madam Roland was being ushered up to the platform to be guillotined, she faced the statue of the goddess Liberty and cried out: “O Liberty, Liberty! What crimes are committed in thy name!”

Unleashing Forces of Destruction
The end of the reign of terror was not the end of the French Revolution. It would be followed by the Directory and by the Dictatorship eventually culminating in Napoleon’s Empire which embroiled all of Europe in ruinous war. Even after the death of Robespierre, the Revolution continued to talk about liberty and equality, to fight against the Christian Faith, and to inspire more communes, voices of virtue and revolutionaries like Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Fidel Castro, Mao Tse Tung and Robert Mugabe.

Revolutionary Tyranny
The French Revolution was the prototype, which was followed by the Russian Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, the Cuban Revolution, the Cambodian Revolution, the Vietnamese Revolution, the Ethiopian Revolution, the Mozambiquan Revolution, the Angolan Revolution, the Zimbabwe Revolution and many others. In every case they proved that yesterday’s revolutionaries become tomorrow’s tyrants and dictators. “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption.” 2 Peter 2:19


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Otto Scott’s Robespierre – Inside the French Revolution is the very best expose of what led up to that cataclysmic event and what really took place during that disastrous revolution. Reading this extraordinary book enables one to understand the revolutionary forces arrayed against Christian civilisation today. It is uncanny the similarities one can immediately recognise to what is happening in our streets, in the media, in education, in entertainment, in churches and in government, available from Christian Liberty Books, Tel: 021-689-7478, Fax: 086-551-7490, admin@christianlibertybooks.co.zawww.christianlibertybooks.co.za.

See also:
Resistance to Revolution
How to Respond to Marxist Bullying Tactics
Marie Antoinette, also available as a PowerPoint.
The French Huguenots, also available as a PowerPoint and translated into Afrikaans.
Reformation or Revolution
Is South Africa Entering the Second Phase of the Revolution?

To listen to a radio interview on The Real Agenda Behind Revolutionaries click here.

Fred Schwarz and David Noble’s You Can Still Trust the Communists to be Communists is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how to negotiate and deal with Marxist revolutionaries like BLM and ANTIFA.

The Agenda – Masters of Deceit DVD documentary is a brilliant expose of how revolutionaries work and how one can resist their unreasonable and suicidal demands.

 

The Weekly Sam: Public School Influences in Christian School and How to Eradicate Them

Sam Blumenfeld speaks to a group of Christian educators warning them of Public School influences in Christian schools gives the educators advice  on how to eradicate them:   https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-07-14T18_39_08-07_00

This recording and dozens of others are available on the Sam Blumenfeld Archives.  It is a free resource.  Donations accepted.  All we ask is for an E-mail and user name:  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

 

Camp Constitution’s Six-Month Report 2021

 

  Since our move to Alton, NH in December, many doors have been opened to us.  Two churches in the area have offered their building for our use, and we have taken them up on their generous offers,  and conducted events at both churches.  Our monthly column in the weekly paper ‘The Weirs Times” has made us many new friends.  Recently, while running a few errands, a lady saw me coming out of or van, and thanked me for the article I did about Independence Day.   

  YouTube and Rumble Channels: 

We are averaging 5,000 views per month and 40 new subscribers/   Our most popular video is remains “The Battle of Lexington Reenactment.”  One of our videos an interview with Jim Perloff about Covid 19 or the Chinese Communist Party Virus was taken down, and we were given a warning.  We started an account on Rumble and plan to upload our new videos on the Rumble page   https://rumble.com/account/content?type=all and encourage readers to subscribe.

 

The Sam Blumenfeld Archive:

Over ½ million views, 12,500 downloads of “Alpha-Phonics, and over 1,000 downloads of Sam’s other books.  We received word from a teacher in Zimbabwe that his school of over 300 students is using Sam’s ‘Alpha-Phonics” after finding our archive on the web.  He asked for a donation of “Phonics for Success”, and we sent him a case of the books with plans to send more.

Camp Constitution Radio on Podomatic:

We have been in the top five for the conservative category with 3,800 visits, 1825 downloads of shows and 700 plays. We interviewed author James Perloff, Kevin McGary, co-founder of Every Black Life Matters, and in addition to our radio shows, we are posting audio presentations by Sam Blumenfeld   https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal 

 Facebook Page:

We continue to get new likes from our page.  We also admin about eight groups.  As mentioned in the quarterly report, we expect at some point to be banned from Facebook, so we created an account at Me We https://mewe.com/group/5e0cca3101162c26682b7278.   While social media has helped us to some extent and post, we are not dependent on social media.  We believe in getting out and meeting and networking with people.

Speaker’s Bureau:

We had twenty-five speaking engagements that we either hosted or were invited by other groups which includes events in Pittsburg, PA, Southington, CT, Berlin, NH.  We have numerous events and speaking engagements lined up for the next three months.

Camp Constitution’s Website:

We had 4,000 views for this period, and posted 78 blogs:  http://www.campconstitution.net

Camp Constitution Press:

We recently reprinted “Alpha-Phonics” and have had several printings of “Color, Communism, and Common Sense”, and “And Not a Shot if Fired.”

Camp Constitution Book Sales:                           

We have raised close to $4,000 from donated books from our Amazon, Facebook page, and on-line bookstore.   http://campconstitution.net/shop/   And the book donations keep coming our way.

Camp Constitution Media:

We videotaped the annual celebration of Evacuation Day at Boston’s Dorchester Heights.  We also videotaped presentations at the annual Second Amendment/Flag Day Rally in Auburn, MA, and our 1st Annual Memorial Day Barbecue.

Article V Convention: 

We took a role in the resounding defeat of two pro-Article V resolutions in New Hampshire, and hosted a radio debate with Robert Brown (against an Article V Convention) and New Hampshire State Rep Max Abramson https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-02-20T17_19_51-08_00 

 Camp Constitution in the News:

Our Christian flag lawsuit was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in late June and several dozen media outlets carried the story including Fox News   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlZZhRHedZ8  As a result of this news story, we were invited to speak about the issue on several radio shows-one which is nationally syndicated.   We started writing a monthly column is a Maine newspaper in January, and since, May, have a monthly column in a New Hampshire paper- “The Weirs Times.”

 

Radio and Cable TV: 

We were guests on several radio shows including several that air on Wisconsin Christian News Network, and an appearance on the Inform New Hampshire Show in Manchester, NH.  A nationally syndicated radio show scheduled us in July because of the Christian flag lawsuit.

The Lane House and Learning Center:

      We have resumed our monthly luncheons and evening meetings.  In April, we hosted presentations by Coach Dave Daubenmire, and author Jim Perlofff, and we held our 1st Annual Memorial Day Barbecue with guest speaker Barbara from Harlem.

 Camp Constitution Ladies Group:

       The Ladies held their successful “Spring Fling” event in mid- April at Singing Hills Camp and have booked a weekend on October and the Spring of 2022.

The Agenda 21 Challenge: 

     Debbie Bacigalupi created Camp Constitution’s Agenda 21 Challenge. One of the outcomes is a Podcast entitled “Truth from the Youth” with veteran campers Gus Kalis and Stephen Mauder. We have posted the Podcasts on our Podomatic Page: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-02-12T17_11_49-08_00   Debbie and her Agenda 21 Challenge members will conduct a presentation at our annual camp.

  

Camp Constitution’s 2021 Family Camp:

We are expecting out largest turnout in our history, and, as of last week, are full and cannot accept any new applications.

How you can help Camp Constitution grow:

* Keep Camp Constitution and our nation in your prayers.

* Become a donor. Monthly and/or one-time donations can be made via our PayPal account accessed from our website http://www.campconstitution.net

* Host one of our speakers.

*  Introduce Camp Constitution to family and friends.

*Write an article for our camp blog.

Thank you for all you do in the freedom movement.   May God bless you.

Hal Shurtleff, Director
Camp Constitution

 

The Weekly Sam: The Answer to America’s Reading Problem

Camp Constitution has received a sizable inventory of Sam Blumenfeld’s “Alpha-Phonics.”  They are available from our camp store at $20. which includes shipping (in the U.S.):   http://campconstitution.net/product/alpha-phonics-by-sam-blumenfeld/

 Alpha-Phonics is an effective, step-by-step program that has taught countless homeschooled children to read, including older struggling readers, dyslexic students, and others. As a stand-alone program or supplement, Alpha-Phonics’ systematic phonetic approach will help students build a logical framework for English reading.

Students begin by learning short vowels and consonants, before moving on to consonant blends that teach final blends first, and then initial blends. Finally, students learn long vowels along with the many forms in which they occur. Moving from simple to complex through practice and drill exercises, students will build competency and skill, increasing self-confidence.

The alphabet is taught visually and orally through having children repeat the letters as the teacher points to them, as well as through the integration of kinesthetic activities. The black-and-white hand-lettered pages are designed to teach children with minimal distraction.

The front of this book contains the hand-printed lists of words, without commentary. A section with short lesson instructions (approximately 1-7 sentences) is provided for each lesson in the back. An order of lessons, list of common English spelling forms, and pre-reading alphabet exercises are also included. 180pages, softcover. Grade K & up.

 

Camp Constitution’s 2nd Annual Independence Day Celebration

Last year, we held our first annual Independence Day Barbecue at the Lane House in Lexington, MA, a few blocks away from the Lexington Battle Green.  It was a good time of fun, fellowship, good food and excellent history lessons.  This year, we took the barbecue to our home in Alton, NH.  Speakers included Barbara from Harlem, motivational speaker Lillian Tang, NH State Rep Paul Terry, Professor Willie Soon, John Hugo of Super Happy Fun America, Rev. Steve Craft, and Brendan Smith, editor of “The Weirs Times.”  With  a range on our property,  some  attendees practiced  their marksmanship while others  shot a weapon for the  first time. We offered swimming and canoeing in nearby Lake Winnipesaukee but with cool temperatures and rain that let up for the barbecue, we had no takers.  The event ended with the singing of “Happy Birthday to America”, and the firing of a  repro colonial howitzer

 

An excellent time was had by all with a few telling us that is was the best Independence Day celebration they ever attended. A link to a playlist of the speeches:

 

The Weekly Sam: We Know We Have a Reading Problem by Sam Blumenfeld

Sam Blumenfeld conducted this presentation in 1986  at a homeschool convention in Illinois.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2021-07-05T11_41_58-07_00

Camp Constitution just received a batch of new copies of Sam’s “Alpha-Phonics.  They can be ordered from our on-line store for $20. which includes shipping and handling:

http://campconstitution.net/product/alpha-phonics-by-sam-blumenfeld/

 

 

The Declaration of Independence and the Men who Signed It.

Mrs. Wolf, my eight-grade history teacher in a Boston Public School, ensured that her students not only knew the reasons why the 13 colonies united against Great Britain, and declared their independence from Great Britain but had her students memorize a good portion of the Declaration of Independence.   They also had to know about the men who signed what could have been their death warrant if they were unsuccessful, and the sacrifices they made.

As a means of honoring the memory of those brave men and my beloved history teacher, I felt that I had an obligation to share this information. Over the years, I would help man information tables on the Boston Common with a sign that reads “Honoring the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.  How Many Can You Name?’  (This year my table will be in Alton, NH.)   Many of the people who stopped by our table were in town to attend the Boston Pops annual concert which would end with an incredible fireworks display.  Few of them could rattle off more than two or three signers, but they left the table with a copy of the Declaration with all the names of the signers.

July 2, 1776, is the day that the Second Continental Congress voted for independence and for two days, delegates debated and edited the Declaration written over a three-week period by Thomas Jefferson.  John Hancock as the President of Congress was the only delegate to sign the Declaration on July 4th.

Delegate John Adams of Massachusetts. the man who probably did more to get independence declared said this prior to the vote:

‘Sink of swim, live or die, survive of perish, I give my hand and heart for this vote…. You and I indeed may rue it.  We may not live to the time when this Declaration shall be made good.  We may die; die colonists; die slaves; die, it may be ignominiously and on the scaffold.  Be it so, be it so

“If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready…. But while I do live, let me have a country, or at least the hope of a country and that of a free country…

“Sir, before God, I believe the hour is come.  My judgement approves the measure, and my whole heart is in it. All that I have, and all that I am, and all that I hope, in this life, I am now ready here to stake upon it, and I leave off as I began, that live or die, survive or perish, I am for the Declaration,  It is my living sentiment and by the blessings of God, it shall be my dying sentiment, Independence now and Independence forever.”

 

  The Lives of the Signers

One of the best books about the signers of the Declaration of Independence is   Biographical Sketches of the Signers of the Declaration of American Independence by B. J. Lossing published in 1848 and reprinted by Wall Builders.  In this excellent book, we get the true historical background of the signing of the document and a brief biographical sketch of the men who signed it.  One of the most compelling facts is that not one of the signers betrayed the new nation.  Not one “flip-flopped” or became “politically correct.  When they pledged their lives and sacred honor, they meant it.  Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration, several of them and their family members died from their wounds or hardships. Five were captured and imprisoned under harsh conditions. Twelve had their homes burned to the ground, and 17 were impoverished.  And, no, none of them made these sacrifices to promote the institute of slavery.  Indeed, the Declaration of Independence helped pave the way for the ultimate abolition of slavery in the United States.

 

The New York delegates Francis Lewis, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, and Lewis Morris bared a good portion of the British brunt losing their wealth and their property destroyed.  Francis Lewis’ wife was imprisoned and died shortly after her release due to the brutal treatment she received. Philip Livingston had his businesses and home confiscated, and he died in 1778 broke and separated from his family.

Today, in some circles, the term “sacred honor” is considered a silly anachronism of a less enlightened era, and regard the signers as “dead white European males whose values must be demeaned.  However, we at Camp Constitution-staying true to our motto “Honoring the Past…Teaching the Present…Preparing the Future, along with, what I believe to be most Americans will never forget the true meaning of Independence Day.

Happy Birthday United States of America-the greatest nation in the history of the world.  May you have many more birthdays, and may its citizens never forget the brave men and woman that have helped keep our nation free.

For a free pocket copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence with a list of the signers, please sent me an E-mail to campconstitution1@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Constitution’s 13th Annual Family Camp Schedule

Camp Constitution’s 13th Annual Family Camp is just a few weeks away-Sunday July 18 to Friday July 23- and we are already at full capacity.  Our weekly schedule for daily activities and classes can be found here:  http://campconstitution.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Camp-Constitution-Schedule-2021.pdf    The classes for the Junior Campers will be posted when it is completed.

Like every year, we have an excellent line up of instructors including two first timers historian and author Mary Grabar, and Pastor David Whitney of the Institute on the Constitution.  We also have plenty of recreational activities, and an optional field trip to the Calvin Coolidge Homestead in nearby Plymouth, VT.