Nevada County Tea Party wants to “adopt a school” but can’t spell “constitution”

The Nevada County Tea Party Patriots are seeking volunteers for an “Adopt a School” program for the 2015-16 school year, according to its website. It involves being a “co-ordinator for the Pocket Constition [sic] and the Constituional [sic] Quest to get them to schools at the same time.”

It also calls for putting “NCTP stickers on the back of the Pocket Constituions [sic] and to “update and/or create an Excel spreadsheet of every school in the county, including a spreadsheet on the teachers in each school.” Here’s a screen grab of the post:

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29 thoughts on “Nevada County Tea Party wants to “adopt a school” but can’t spell “constitution””

  1. Their version of constitution history is not the real history. Disqualified to be no closer than one square mile from any student gathering.

    1. Indeed, Curtis, though I think one mile is too generous of a quarantined, minimum exclusionary, safety zone. These tea people like bitter leaves for their brew for they seemingly have concocted an — perhaps amended is a more appropriate word — conception of our Constitution which stripes the combined writings, thinking and Enlightenment innovations of men who at their core, valued education, reasoned thinking and a heightened value of the individual per the norms of the times. The short manuscript known as our Constitution does not begin to reflect the entirety of the collective thought, wisdom and proposals ricocheting about within the individual craniums of the participants contributing discussion and ideas to the structure and content of their experimental proposals necessary for the creation on a new government, their own government, contrary to the wishes of how they should be governed by the most militarily powerful country existing which was quite capable to enforce the whims and whimsies of Parliament’s Lords and Commons.

      Their can not be a “pocket constitution” as tiny as the tea people envision capable of accurately representing the conflicting plans, ideas and diversity of thoughts contained in this document representing the skeleton of our government. IMO, believing that such an option is possible, in itself identifies shallow thinkers who “paint by numbers” when presenting their off-color interpretations.

      As I’ve contended before, the Constitution mimics play dough in that it’s shape and appearance are at the mercy of the hands pulling, hammering, stretching it’s soft, pliable words into any shape that suits their momentary pleasures. In a sense, it is similar to a Rorschach Test, and means whatever five random people (Justices) say it means at any particular time. When I see a corporation — a new tribe of human beings discovered living in the subways beneath Wall St. — on a Iraqi battle field, bleeding green blood, the color of broccoli, until their life force has disappeared into the arid sand — then perhaps I’ll concede that the politician on SCOTUS, Scalia, is not a flying monkey, enslaved to witchful thinking and fat dividend checks.

      Ultimately, the hard right will have to play their Trump card, if they can extract it from the garbage piles of Atlantic City. Please do it, and we shall have our very own Mad Hatter, or is it Mad Hater?

      1. Hey Ed,
        Glad to see you back on the blogs. I think of you often. How is your health these days. Maybe soon we can get together and visit in person.

  2. What these people call education others call propaganda and they have NO BUSINESS in our schools. Period. If we let the TPers teach about the constitution then we should let the KKK teach about race relations and the ISIS teach about religion.

  3. Thanks for the heads up on the spelling error – sometimes my brain gets ahead of my fingers or maybe there other way around

  4. What I have encountered are very passionate people who understand something is wrong but have been on auto pilot for so long they are taking the word of the very people who have caused the problems they complain about. The fact that in the Tea Party interpretation of the Constitution there is no room for change tells us they are only operating on a very narrow and very wrong interpretation of the vision of the founders and framers. The original intent crowd usually has a very distorted opinion on the meaning of what is written. General Welfare is mentioned twice and yet they will claim it doesn’t mean anything. While the only mention of religion is stating our government cannot establish an official religion or restrict others from practicing or subscribing to their choice of religion/ belief system and there will be no religious test for public office but somehow the USA is founded on Christianity.

    1. Thanks Carole and Ben for your friendly thoughts. I had written a couple of paragraphs, but lost it all when I hit backspace. Sitting at the computer is very hard on my old back, and yesterday I fell 2 1/2 times while movers were here. The 1/2 fall is when a burly mover caught me as my knee buckled. Minutes later, I fell on my tile floor again, breaking the fall with me left hand, thus preventing my face from hitting first. Mobility is difficult in a two story home tethered by oxygen tubes, and manipulating my cane so that I don’t fall. I gave up driving because I pass out or fall asleep at the wrong times. The list goes on, but I won’t bore everybody.

      Now, I sit on the sidelines and watch the show.

  5. Regardless of the typo – the point is that the “Adopt a School” program exposes our children to the CONSTITUTION – the curriculum is presented by their teachers to “familiarize” them with this document. They, “our future” will be able to develop their own understanding of the meaning and implementation of the document.
    The Quest game is meant to engage the Jr. High students at a more competitive level, in order to make learning the Constitution a fun challenge.
    Nevada County Tea Party commits a huge number of volunteer hours and funds to the Adopt a School program – we believe our youth is the future.
    I invite you to the all new Liberty Center at 256 Buena Vista Street in Grass Valley – drop in and play the Quest game, examine the curriculum manuals for the teachers, pick up a pocket Constitution.

    1. The “Adopt a School” program is the tea party’s way of infiltrating our schools with its extremist and intolerant political philosophy, complete with a little “NCTP” sticker on the pocket Constitution. God bless our teachers and administrators for having to put up with all this!

    2. Really, teaches our kids the Constitution?

      I am wondering “CJ” (by the way it is customary to post here using ones actual name because it creates transparency and accountability to improve the quality of the comments) if you could post the ‘curriculum’ provided to the teachers for readers to see?

      I can’t seem to find a link to the actual ‘curriculum’ if there is one on either the NCTP or the TPP web site.

      I did find a reference to the curriculum developed for the Tea Party by the National Center for Constitutional Studies…

      “As part of the “adopt a school” campaign, TPP and its members are advising school officials to rely on lesson plans, DVDs, and a package of other course materials created by the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS). The group was founded by Cleon Skousen, a rabid anti-Communist with a highly controversial take on American history. Skousen, who died in 2006, was the author of Glenn Beck’s favorite book on the Constitution, The 5,000 Year Leap. Among other things, he promoted the idea that the Constitution is a divine document that may have biblical roots. Along with NCCS’s curriculum, TPP also suggests inviting a volunteer from the center into the classroom. To help with the campaign, TPP has even hired Bill Norton, one of the center’s volunteer instructors (who dresses up as James Madison for his lectures), as its new “constitutional education coordinator.”

      “Among other things, NCCS uses materials written by Skousen suggesting that Anglo-Saxons are descended from a lost tribe of Israel; Skousen claimed this meant the Constitution may have been inspired by God, who intended for America to be a Christian nation. The very same bogus history has been perpetuated by the white supremacist movement.”

      http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/tea-party-constitution-week-skousen

      What I do see is a request for volunteers on the NCTPP web site to put stickers for the NCTP on the pocket constitutions being distributed. Why should schools accept free copies of pocket Constitution with advertising for a political movement on them? The Constitution is readily available without political advertising.

      Frankly the very point that playing the Constitution Quest game is recommended by the NCTP makes me automatically question whether the game itself is slanted. I watched its promotional video, where they say we present the Constitution without any complicated ‘opinions’ or legal citations. Of course we don’t need any ‘opinions’ if we reject the first real test of the Constitution, Marbury v Madison 🙂

      http://www.constitutionquest.com

  6. Hey “CJ” it is customary here for people to post using their real name. It creates transparency and accountability for comments. It keeps people from thinking you are the ghost of Bernhard Rust ☺

    I am wondering if you can point me to the “curriculum” being proposed for incorporation into local schools by the NCTP? I looked on their web site and the national TP web site, and I can find the references to the “Adopt a School” program but not the “curriculum”.

    What I did find was reference to using materials provides by the National Center for Constitutional studies, and this commentary on those materials:

    “As part of the “adopt a school” campaign, TPP and its members are advising school officials to rely on lesson plans, DVDs, and a package of other course materials created by the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS). The group was founded by Cleon Skousen, a rabid anti-Communist with a highly controversial take on American history. Skousen, who died in 2006, was the author of Glenn Beck’s favorite book on the Constitution, The 5,000 Year Leap. Among other things, he promoted the idea that the Constitution is a divine document that may have biblical roots. Along with NCCS’s curriculum, TPP also suggests inviting a volunteer from the center into the classroom. To help with the campaign, TPP has even hired Bill Norton, one of the center’s volunteer instructors (who dresses up as James Madison for his lectures), as its new “constitutional education coordinator.”

    “Among other things, NCCS uses materials written by Skousen suggesting that Anglo-Saxons are descended from a lost tribe of Israel; Skousen claimed this meant the Constitution may have been inspired by God, who intended for America to be a Christian nation. The very same bogus history has been perpetuated by the white supremacist movement.”

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/tea-party-constitution-week-skousen

    Then I thought where have I heard the name Skousen before? Oh yeah, he was the mentor of Constitutional Sheriff Richard Mack, who advocates that local Sheriffs are the highest Constitutional authorities in the land.

    http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2012/winter/resurrection

    I also found a reference to playing the board game “Constitution Quest” as part of the curriculum, billing itself as “non-partisan” and presenting the Constitution without any pesky “opinions” or “legal references.” Yep, would not want to present the Constitution in the context of the more than 220-year rich history of interpretation by the courts created by the Constitution to play that role. I guess if one equates the Constitution to the 10 commandments etching them in stone with no change for eternity is the preferred presentation.

    http://www.constitutionquest.com

    By the way, I also discovered that teaching the Constitution of the United States of America is already required curriculum in California schools, as it is in almost every school in the country. Has been for almost ever…..I know I studied the constitution twice, in 7th grade and again in 11th.

    I think any school or parent who accepts a “curriculum” based on any of these materials, or for that matter accepts a free pocket Constitution with a Nevada County Tea Party advertisement on the back of it, should have their head examined.

    It all goes back to the Mark Meckler plan I dubbed the “Mein Kampf of Nevada County”….the 40 year plan to change America. As Herr Meckler himself states, it is part of his plan to train our children to “grow up and be radical conservatives.”

    1. Oh yeah, make sure you watch part two of Mein Kampf…like the original, it’s where stuff really gets interesting.

  7. BTW, as local parents, we find these antics disruptive and disturbing. Let the teachers teach! What I find ironic is that much of the effort to bring politics into the classroom is from retired people whose children are not in the local schools. It is selfish and disruptive.

    1. Hmmm…I don’t have kids, but I shudder to think about Herr Meckler teaching our kids to be “radical conservatives.” Fortunately I know that even the efforts of those that seek to be the shaper of children minds fail regularly in the face a broader culture that values diversity and tolerance.

      1. Goodness knows what the college admissions people think when they read about our community. Thanks for nothing, tea party. LOL.

      2. One thing about not having kids–which another Nevada County blogger seems to think means I have no standing to discuss education–it means I don’t have to worry about getting hauled into court by my ex-wives to pay child support.

    1. It’s hard to imagine this guy was ever elected a Nevada County supervisor, much less a donor to other “electeds” in our county. It’s a real commentary on CABPRO and the hard right:
      “Todd JuvinallAugust 2, 2015 at 8:54 AM
      I wonder who is shooting blanks in Eastern Nevada County? When a man has no children he really has no clue about the importance of those little people, from conception onwards. My suggestion to those men who are really masquerading as such is they should stay out of the debate on life and raising those youngins. They should stay in the closet. LOL!”

  8. Can’t the schools simply tell the Tea baggers no! Would they allow, for example, a communist group to pass out Mao’s Red Book as a political science addendum? I think not, but in principle it is the same concept, the meddling with our education system by an outside group. This whole 40 year plan thing reeks of brown shirt mentality. These people seem to live in the past failing to recognize that society has changed and evolved leaving them and their 19th century values behind. Something they, apparently, can neither understand or tolerate.

  9. I remember in 7th or 8th grade my kids learning the US Constitution. Then again in high school during their semester of government/ civics. I personally think it should be at least a year but that’s me.

  10. Let’s make sure we don’t miss the fact that neither the Nevada County Tea Party Patriots nor Common Core Concerns Nevada County have posted any links or information about the curriculum they are proposing. Jan Collins, how about a copy of the curriculum for the public to see?

    “I am wondering if you can point me to the “curriculum” being proposed for incorporation into local schools by the NCTP? I looked on their web site and the national TP web site, and I can find the references to the “Adopt a School” program but not the “curriculum”.

    1. Pertinent comments as usual, Steve. Again, I’ll add the contents of my Pocket. Though Madison is given credit for molding the greater portion of the Constitution, the final document necessarily was sensitive to the various concerns of the sectional leaders and attendees of the Constitutional Convention. The bigger hurdle was gaining the required number of states/colonies to approve the Constitution at their local conventions. Here too discussions were often heated because of differences in how individual (men) perceived the meaning of the words and sentences of the document. And they were but a few — at the state conventions — representing the whole.

      As my 350 lb., good ole boy, deceased friend from Texas would say — he’d definitely be immersed in bitter tea if still alive — exactly what the Constitution meant, which coincidentally, always gave him free reign to do what gratified him. Mostly he knew guns — owned about 150 various types and as a sideline, ran a game management business so the rich good ole boys could sit in blinds and shoot a trophy buck eating corn that was spread on the ground every day by a solar powered mechanism. We fought all the time even though I lived at his home awhile when I was young.

      But he was not a scholar or even interested in listening to educated opinions on any subject that would deprive him of his pleasures. These tea people think that only they can correctly define what the Constitution means, be they educated or, again as my big buddy would say, “they were dumber than dirt.”

      You have no right to enter schools and give out what must be editorialized constitutions. If they don’t contain your right wing explanations after every controversial section, then there is no purpose in handing your pocket Constitutions to anybody.

      I certainly taught the Constitution fairly and at length when I taught in High School. But none of the copies were written on stone tablets.

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