Dear Readers: In preparation for the game-show style CANTO TALK program this Thursday (Sept. 13, 7 pm Pacific Time/9 pm Central Time) I got together with members of the SLOBs to play “WE THE PEOPLE FIGHT TYRNANNY” game. The game is essentially an amalgam of Americana, Trivial Pursuit, and Monopoly. It was quite a fun afternoon!
The Young Prince, who is in 5th grade, agreed be on Shane Atwell’s Team. He is in 5th grade, so this truly became a matter of “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader”. The Young Prince and I had actually played the game with my BFF (who is very liberal, and amazingly cool) and the prince’s best buddy a few weeks ago. Even though the game was designed for “15 and over”, both 10-year-olds really got into the game — especially my history-loving son!
My liberal friend gave me quite the challenge, but I managed to prevail (only slightly) in this battle of minds. And that brings be to a “Goddess of Capitalism” point. Despite some of the prevailing attitude in comments sections, many liberals and Democrats do love Americana as much as any Tea Party type. My BFF enjoyed recalling history and civics as much as myself, and did about as well. With a few slight modifications, along the lines of “Red State” vs “Blue State” humor in which the Blue States get just a little love, this game could be readily marketable to a wider audience than Tea Party types. And a simplified version, perhaps an software equivalent of “You Don’t Know Jack“, would be an excellent diversion for both young and old alike.
Now, back to yesterday’s competition: We decided it would be more fun to have teams. I partnered with Lipstick Underground. Doo Doo Economic’s savvy Caesar Charles teamed up with his Cleopatra. As mentioned before, Shane and Blake were partners. A little later on, Dawn Wildman (Blogger-in-Chief/So Cal Tax Revolt Coalition) joined us with her husband.
The Young Prince remembered all the rules from just one time playing, so he told everyone what to do in a very masterful and lawyerly fashion. Charles was the designated “Game Czar”, who interpreted the rules, assigned our roles (Sarah and I were the “Conservative Talk Show Hosts”). It was a good thing he was more kind-hearted that the Czars on Obama’s team.
One if the things I liked best about the game was that the answers could be reasoned out, if you didn’t know the answer off the top of your head. A good example:
Which American World War II General was used as a decoy in the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944, catching the Germans by surprise.
A. Field Marshall Mongomery
B. Ambrose Burnside
C. Douglas MacArthur
D. George S. Patton
So, who won? As a Democrat, I am not above a little rule manipulation to serve my purposes. So, when fellow SLOB, historian and friend, Word Warrior arrived, I conscripted him. He answered to crucial question as to when “So help me God” was added to the Presidential Oath.
In the words of President Obama: I won.
So, please tune into Canto Talk, or call in. I will asking questions, as the hostess of this week’s game show. We will be pitting the knowledge of “Team California” against that of “Team Texas” (organized by Silvio Canto himself). I think the Red State team has their work cut out for them.