Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Running for President Game

I know, let’s invent a new kid’s game. We can call it “Running for President”. Here’s how you play:

Each kid has one hour to pour through the other kid’s personal writings, comments and personal effects looking for dirt to bring out for all to know.

Once the time is up, then each kid’s hand selected group spends another hour pulling things out of context, building sensational accusations through misleading bits of information misinterpreted for their use until they fill their “Smear sheet” full.

After the Smear Sheets are as full as they were able to get them in an hour they hold a mock debate. Each candidate uses their smear sheet to create a sense of woe and fear toward their opponent.



The kid voters (who incidentally got undisclosed campaign contributions from each candidate at the start of the game) then vote. Chads are passed around and everyone attempts to lose or miscount them until time runs out.

The most popular candidate in the end wins. The others are sent home without the group snack.

How American and true to life is that???!!!

28 comments:

RED MOJO said...

I like it, it would be a good lesson for the kids, and good training for all those future campaign managers. Does anyone ever WANT to be campaign manager when they're growing up, or are they all just failed astronauts?

lime said...

u should be a social studies teacher.

Quickroute said...

Teach 'em young! I like it!

Memarie Lane said...

You forgot about the electoral college.

Megan said...

I want to play!

Dee said...

Everything sounds good until the word work is thrown in there! Ve your awesome!

Mr Farty said...

The details might be Merkan, but you guys learned all there is to know about politics from us. Which is why anyone who wants to run for office should automatically be disqualified.

The word "politics" originally comes from the Greek "poly", meaning many, and "tics", meaning blood-sucking parasites.

cathouse teri said...

Cool game!

Oh, and to answer your question from a few posts down, the scuba diving I did was at the Tubbatah Reefs in the Sulu Sea. And also around Subic Bay and Grande Island.

cathouse teri said...

Forgot an "a" there.
Put it wherever you like. :)

leelee said...

Once again in your jest you have hit the proverbial nail on the head..

yur good....

HUGS!

Alice said...

Oh Gah - I just went through your Belize photos and am SOOOO jealous. We had a fund set aside for our Belize trip and then my retarded cat broke his femur and like the saps we are, actually paid big $$ to have it fixed. Bye bye Belize. *sadness* After seeing your blog though, the cat loses the leg next time and I'm heading south!

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

I'm not playing that game! Yikes. Its, unfortunately, very American, though!

Kurt said...

The most popular candidate wins - that won't teach them about real elections.

Serena Joy said...

Good wholesome entertainment and a civics lesson to boot. Let me know when the game goes into production. I'll buy one.:)

VE said...

red mojo - Failed astronauts... Ha! I like it. Does anybody ever want most of the jobs out there whne they are a kid?

lime - I'm in favor of taking the summers off, can I just do that part?

quickroute - Or is that brainwash them...

marie - I never was that good a politics. I elected not to include that...

megan - Sorry...I'm only corrupting the very young with this one...

dee - How could I have used that word (work). I hate that word...

mr. farty - So we can blame it all on you then. That's good news because the most important thing in life is to identify whom to blame

Teri - I haven't been there...but The Philippines is made up of a lot of islands...many that are beautiful. It sure sounded nice. As for the 'a', I'm gonna hold on to that and use it later. You never know when you need an 'a'...

leelee - I normally hit my thumb instead of the nail...

alice - Cats have nine lives...you should have been in Belize! Definitely keep up the goal and get there.

arizona - Of course those that sit out of this game all get to wear the Ralph Nader masks...

kurt - Since when did we start teaching kids reality?

sj - Yeah, it always comes down to that production thing. Don't they know I'm an idea man? I can't be bogged down with production and timelines! That's work!

Anette said...

You know, for a foreign girl, this could have been an actual kids game in the US. (and not a VE- kind of a joke) From a distance it sometimes looks as if things tend go a bit far before the elections. I mean they go on for ever, and how long have the candidates from the same side been fighting eachother? its quite strange... So getting your kids to join the madness, that would not be surprising at all!

Kelley said...

Let you in on a secret VE, that is high school for girls...

VE said...

anette - Sometimes I look at the USA antics and wonder...what do people not living here think about all this ridiculousness? You're right...it sure feels like this is what they do.

kelley - High school for girls. Bwahahahah. Wait a minute...you went to high school? ;)

ELASTICWAISTBANDLADY said...

I ran a really ugly smear campaign just this morning.

I now have to wash my undies with a cup of bleach.

Alan Smithee said...

Reminds me of the masterful Election (1999).

Queen Goob said...

I could come up with a smear or two for ya.....your results will be back from the lab in 7 to 10 days.

sprinkle4 said...

Okay......that sounds like SO much fun. My Grover and I do this at least once a week....we just call it being married :)

Oh, and I ALWAYS manage to salvage a least a juice box out of it!

VE said...

elastic - Too much information... too much information!

alan - I haven't seen that one. Sounds like maybe I should.

queen goob - Yes, that would be another type of smear...and not pleasant

sprinkle4 - Marriage...ha ha. Yep, you got that one right. I never used the chad though...got expensive. I never got a juice box though! I'm jealous.

Alex L said...

Sounds like fun to me, and has to be better for the friendship than monopoly is!

captain corky said...

Sorry, but I won't play. I have to have snack.

Matt-Man said...

That about sums it up. America...Simply the Best. Cheers!!

Jacki said...

Oh Peter cannot stand American politics....this is his first Presidential election that he has seen from start to finish, and he just shakes his head. He now knows why America is the way it is....he says there is nothing democratic about it.

VE said...

alex - Now that's a good point. Risk is even more bonding than those. Nothing like stabbing your friends in the back and reversing your border agreements! ha ha

captain corky - The great part about this country is you don't have to play if you don't want to. You just get to pay $4.49 for a gallon of gas!

matt-man - What a fun process we have! Cheers.

jacki - Ha ha. I feel for him. Glad he missed the whole Gore/Bush debacles