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Liberty Rings Playing Cards Review by Laurie GaugerLiberty Rings Calendar
13 W. Lakeshore Drive,
Cherokee Village AR 72529
I remember as a child grabbing a deck of cards with a group of friends and spreading out across the living room floor, sitting cross-legged, playing game after game. We’d be rolling in laughter and completely lose track of time absolutely engulfed in Go Fish, Old Maid, or, my personal favorite, Spoons. A game of solitaire can be especially entertaining on long car or airplane ride. What if the deck of cards we chose to have in our home could also operate as a tutorship of the principles wisely laid out by men of virtue, history, government, and the Bible?
Liberty Rings! has taken on the mission to equip Americans to learn, share, and perpetuate the important truths of the principles of liberty laid out by the Founding Fathers into everyday common items. The concept of “apperception” which is defined as the mental process through which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it into his or her body of ideas is what Liberty Rings! applies to their product line. They seek to meet their mission by creating unique symbols and pictures each representing one of the twenty-eight principles Dr. W. Cleon Skousen, a top authority on the U.S. Constitution, provides in his book The 5000 Year Leap, and familiarize their customers with these symbols and values by incorporating them into their products.
Two of their incomparable merchandise include their Liberty Rings! Playing Cards and Liberty Rings! Calendar.
The playing cards come in a bright yellow box with the Liberty Rings! logo on the front as well as small circles featuring the icons of the twenty-eight principles they wish to communicate to the individual enjoying a game of Crazy Eights. The cards are numbered one through twenty-eight making the deck one hundred and twelve cards in total that encompass the four expected suits: hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. Each numbered card correlates with one of the twenty-eight principles: number one being, “Natural Law”, number two being “Virtuous People” and so forth. The icon representing the specific concept behind that principle is bright and bold on the face of each card. These concepts can be better understood if one purchases Liberty Ring’s small summery booklet entitled The Glorious Standard of Liberty Summaries.
This thought provoking and conversation welcoming deck of cards accompanied our family of eight on many family game nights. Our violent game of spoons would end with a discussion revolving around the principle that abruptly ended the game insisting all players reach for a spoon in the center of the table. Learning about “Property Rights” when the fourteenth principle found all four of its like cards made our family stronger in our beliefs and instilled in us, and is continuing to instill in us, patriotism and virtue rooted in a deep understanding of our history as Americans.
The constant reminder of our Founding Fathers and their beliefs daily graces the wall in our kitchen being looked upon with the utilization of the Liberty Rings! Calendar. Each month features an inspiring phrase invoking an appreciation for the Constitution. Days one through twenty-eight of any given month include the corresponding principle of liberty represented by a small colored photo of the icon and its title. Merely glancing at the events of the day instills the substance of our divinely inspired Constitution and the beliefs that are the core of the freedom we enjoy today. What a way to start the day!
Introducing Liberty Rings! playing cards and calendar into your home can influence its members in a tremendously way. A simple concept, yet a powerful tool.
- Product review by Cassie Deputie, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August, 2018
Another Reviewer Perspective:
Liberty Rings Playing Cards
Liberty Rings Calendar
Whether you homeschool for nine months out of the year, or school all year long, there is always time for good, wholesome family games. If those activities are educational as well, all the better. I'll take it even a step further and say, if a game also easily fits in your purse or bag, you've hit the jackpot. Hmm, now what kind of game fits that description? Playing cards, of course! Don't zone out on me now, just because you find these paper play things almost everywhere. The cards that I received to review are of a rather special variety.
Liberty Rings playing cards will immediately stand out to you, due to the larger than average package. There are one hundred and twelve sturdy cards included with this set. What sets them apart from the average card is that each card features a symbol that represents "basic principles of liberty", set in place by our founding fathers of the United States. Oh, talk about boring, you might say. Hang on now and let me paint a mental picture for you. Imagine, you're sitting around the table with the family, enjoying a relaxing game of Go Fish. As you wait for your turn, your mind wanders to the government lesson that you've been planning for your kids. You ask yourself, "Now what were the three branches of government that help our government keep checks and balances?" You happen to look down, and bam! There it is, right in front of you, on the face of your Liberty Rings playing card, the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches!
The top of the flap on the box of Liberty Rings cards quotes Thomas Jefferson:
"Educate and inform the whole mass of people...they are the only sure reliance of the preservation of our liberty."
We have the opportunity to educate our children in a wide variety of ways. Using these cards is a simple and interesting way to start conversations, family discussions, and even brush up on facts from your government classes in a whimsical fashion. Beyond that, they're perfect for your favorite card game, be it Go Fish, or Solitaire. Keep them out and available for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or any day of the year.
My twelve-year-old daughter is my faithful review helper, and together, we enjoyed a few card games, and trivia sessions. Out of my two daughters, she is the one who has a special love for memorizing facts about all kinds of subjects, and she adores history. As such, she pays close attention to the symbols and information on these cards. We both agree, these are a nice set of playing cards. They are a fun addition to our game collection and would make an interesting and creative gift for anyone that you know who has similar interests.
We received the Liberty Rings Calendar in addition to the cards, and the theme is the same, in that there are patriotic facts and phrases for each day of the year. The cover photos for each month feature real photos of people, animals, and objects, and an inspiring quote. With the colorful pictures and text, this is a visually appealing calendar, and at nine and a half inches long, by six and a half inches wide, it will easily fit anywhere. Kids of all ages will take a second look as they pass by, and read the fact of the day, again, a favorite pastime for my youngest. Our calendar has found a home in our hobby/school room, but I'm waiting for it to find its way into her room. At any rate, we like the Liberty Rings Calendar and playing cards very much. Take a moment and visit their website and see what you think.
-Product review by Laurie Gauger, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August, 2018