Obama and the Kobayashi Maru Scenario

By Alden L. Benton

The 1982 movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan featured a computerized training simulation called the Kobayashi Maru scenario.  The scenario tested cadets’ command capabilities in a no-win situation.  No cadet ever beat the simulator — except James T. Kirk.  However, the only way Kirk was able to defeat the scenario was to redefine the problem and change the rules, in this case, the programming.

However, in real-life, one cannot change the rules and facts eventually prevail. For the past 50 years, the Left has been trying to change the rules. 

The Left demands that our speech be constrained by the oppressive, ever changing freedom-killing rules of political correctness. 

They have hijacked certain words and redefined them to mean what they want them to mean and, since the denizens of the Left live in a world of total relativism where what is right or wrong depends upon how they feel at the time, they are constantly trying to redefine and manage how the rest of us think.

In my lifetime, I have never seen more evidence of this than in the current campaign and recent regulation scams.  First, the Obama hoax.

President Obama has eclipsed Jimmy Carter as the worst president in modern times.  At every turn, the myth his spinmeisters created in 2008 is unraveling. 

The Left’s favorite tool for redefinition and distraction is the lie.  The president has told so many lies he cannot keep them straight.

Was the Benghazi attack a terrorist attack or a demonstration fueled by an obscure video? 

Is Obamacare a tax or not?

Mr. President, as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) said in A Few Good Men, “You can’t handle the truth!”  Or, as my father would have said, “You wouldn’t recognize the truth if it walked up and bit you in the a**.”

The most recent redefinition of words is the definition of a full-time workweek.  Throughout my adult life, full-time work was defined as 40 hours per week.  However, not bothered by the reality of the world outside of Washington, D.C., and the leftist fantasylands like California and New York, the Left continues its quest to obfuscate and redefine the truth. 

CNSNews reports that an obscure section of the Obamacare legislation redefines full time work as an average of 30 hours per week.  Section 1513, paragraph 4(a) states “The term ‘full-time employee’ means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service per week.”

According to CNSNews,

That section, known as the employer mandate, requires any business with 50 or more full-time employees to provide at least the minimum level of government-defined health coverage to those employees.

In other words, a business must provide insurance if it has 50 or more employees working an average of just 30 hours per week, which is 10 hours per week fewer than the traditional 40-hour workweek.

If an employer meets the requirements and does not offer health insurance, it must pay a penalty per employee for each month it does not offer coverage – not exceeding $750 per employee over the course of a year.

To cope with the cost of complying with these onerous regulations, many companies like Darden Restaurants — the parent company of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Longhorn Steakhouse — have already decided to convert their workforce to part-time; a job-killing, income-reducing consequence the Left refuses to consider.

To confuse things further, the IRS has issued 18 pages of regulations to enforce just this 26-word paragraph of the draconian Obamacare beast.

The Obamacare bill is thousands of pages long.  Because of the massive redefinition of terms it mandates, it will force numerous agencies to issue millions of pages of regulations to enforce its provisions.  The IRS alone will hire an additional 80,000 agents.

However, the president and his minions on the Left continue to sing the same old tune: You can keep your doctor; Obamacare will keep costs down; there are no death panels; and Medicare and Medicaid are solvent.

Informed and rational people recognize these statements as lies.  However, the president, and the Left, clings to his re-defined vision, his alternate reality.

For the president, his clinging to the hope of a false reality will prove to be his Kobayashi Maru — and Captain Kirk cannot bail him out by changing the rules of the game.

“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
~John Adams, Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials, December 1770

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2 responses to “Obama and the Kobayashi Maru Scenario

  1. It’s easy to redefine the truth when you have the complicity of the media and Congress. The bigger problem is the way that Obama has refined the role of the Executive Branch by ruling the country with an iron fist via executive orders and ignoring Congress (and of course the way that Congress has abdicated to him).

  2. Leftists are manipulators.
    Their greatest urge is to change … everything. Their hope is radical change.
    There is no hope without “fundamental change” — or that’s how it’s sold.
    Obama is the perfect front man for the Leftists.
    He’s a highly trained salesman for the myriad pursuits of social justice and a towering symbol of both the real and imagined oppressions all through human history, especially anything involving America.
    It should be painfully obvious now. Obama sees himself as the ultimate agent of change, the very center of the world, as he couches everything in sly propaganda and smug opportunism. It’s all just a grand game — as it has been every live-long day for five years now.
    Clearly, individual human worth and decency is just a theory for Leftists, and the exact opposite of what he and his corrupt colleagues actually seek. In some ways, they’re too dense to even realize that — but, oh, they do know what they do.
    Leftists live to snatch up material riches — especially whatever is earned by the virtue of individuals’ own hands and minds — while rejecting others’ personal efforts and the inherent worth of their work and its fruits. Leftists do this to serve their ludicrously copious, totally selfish needs and aggressively invasive ways.
    They need ammunition for their weapons of change. And they’re always so busy.
    Notice how — over the course of about 150 years — Leftists have changed (degraded) the shape and purpose of art, science, work of all kinds, education at all levels, business methods and ethics, professional organizations, social groups, all media and entertainment, the idea and practice of honest news, the nature of male-female relationships, the upbringing and character of children, the family as the basis of human life, and now health care.
    Of course, there’s government, too. (That’s really an ancient pursuit — it’s the ultimate Old World way.) They have molded the engine of social and economic power into a purely politics-based, viciously partisan enterprise, conducted by and for special interests — with no higher moral guide than material success and greater power for their rich, privileged strategists and regulators who gleefully bully everybody in sight.
    Hard-core Leftists like Obama care nothing about what effects their revolutionary actions actually do to people, nor that their schemes have virtually no positive results, nor do any real good. Their failures just mean that there are always more worldly failures and suffering to correct — and somehow only they are capable of accomplishing such noble causes, and only they are inherently pure and wise enough to be allowed to handle even the most microscopic aspect of life. Maybe especially the microscopic, or at least whatever they can’t actually see.
    However, all they really accomplish is to artificially increasing societal complexities, engineer higher costs to run the ever-growing machine, and create far more misery and anguish — with no real benefit, ever.
    Their response? They are offended and enraged — not at themselves, but at every else, the clueless creeps who won’t accept their utopia. Thus, they are compelled to conduct and endless series of con games — some of them made up on the fly (such as YouTube videos used as a cover-up for cluelessly dangerous Mideast policies and rampant governmental incompetence) — but always in accord with the inherently dishonest, dehumanizing rules of engagement of Karl Marx and Saul Alinsky. The latter’s ideas were favorites for Obama the teacher and community organizer.
    The greatest offense of all to Leftists is the personal liberty of ordinary people who are entitled, and fully able, to run their own lives while holding real power over the elite policymakers of an omnipotent centralized government and its “progressive” perfectionism.
    Nothing in the world can be left to the horrible fate of being beyond Leftists’ purist visions and arbitrary actions. Literally everything that exists is frustratingly inferior to them, most especially those “little people” and “unenlightened” cretins who have the temerity of living and thriving without their dictatorial benevolence. The “status quo” must be smashed, either directly by force or through supremely egotistical demagoguery, shameless bribes, and incessant reconstruction of all human institutions. Obama in a nutshell.
    The wholesale damage Leftists do is of no consequence to them — on the personal or larger scale. Neither is the litany of deceptions they so strongly feel they must perpetrate on everyone, literally all the time. Did I mention Obama?
    Anyone who stands in their way is despicable beyond their excruciatingly vulnerable sensibilities — as is the idea that anybody has something for his own that can be used for inevitably “greedy personal purposes” outside their control.
    Anyone who disagrees with them, or actually stands in their way, is reviled beyond description and must be portrayed as intellectually inferior and ogres of oppression.
    Most of the useful idiots who follow the Leftists do so as sincere dupes who can’t — or won’t — look at themselves in the mirror, so to speak. And both the master Leftists and their little fools reject any concept of truth beyond what they themselves can define, and continually redefine at will and whim.
    They spend their lives running from their humanity — through the epicurean pursuits and warped creativity to which they so desperately cling — because the abiding aloneness of their humanity scares them to the core. They fear that they may not be the embodiment of perfection and maybe the real reason for life itself. Because then the real truth and beauty of life would have to come not from and through them and their dreamy fantasies but rather from and through God the Creator of all things, the giver of all blessings, and source of all goodness.
    Leftists have no respect for life unless it’s convenient for political purposes or to feed the image of their self-anointed purity. The thousands of minutely concocted “rights” for which they perpetually howl are routinely denied to the endless list of the victims that their misguided meddling created, the ones who only serve as drones for those policies of destruction — intentional or otherwise.
    All attempts to conserve good ideas and practices — or merely to seek improvements instead of wholesale change for the sake of change — are viewed by and vigorously mischaracterized as disgusting, backward efforts held by pathetic, spiritual Neanderthals and congenitally obsessive obstructionists.
    Thankfully, eventually, most people open their eyes and ears enough, and listen to their common sense, and toss the revolutionary rascals out of their ultra-cushy positions of power and reject their obvious corruption. At least for a while.
    Please, please, let that common sense be the case in this presidential election of 2012. Because this is year America really changes, in one major direction or another — either reviving the independent spirit and moral principles of its founding fathers, or taking the no-longer-slow road to moral ruin and a really ugly mortal demise.

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