The Lesson of the Kobayashi Maru: The Dems Only Move When in Check

Radhia Gleis
6 min readNov 6, 2021


Over seventy-four million voters still ride on the Trump train. And despite reality, 70% of Republicans believe that Biden’s presidency is illegitimate. Let us not fall asleep for the next three years, cuz this trumpery brand of Republican doesn’t sleep, and if we’re not careful, we may see this shithousery play out all over again. Only far worse because we’ve shown them what they can get away with.

A new breed of Republicans, I refer to as Trumpublicans, believe that politics is, above all, a cutthroat “war for power,” and the only way to win includes bullying, cheating, stealing, slandering, ignoring the rules of law or the Democratic system, and most of all, lying. Just flat out lying to the American people.

Ya gotta love the Dems for still trying to play politics by the old rules. They remind me of nerds on the playground, pointing their finger at the bullies and saying, “That’s not right, I’m telling.” Then the bullies push them down, beat the crap out of them, kick sand in their face, and walk away laughing. How many times do the Republicans have to prove that they will never fight fair? Or even legally?

They do it all the time — refuse the president’s appointed Supreme Court justice a year before the president’s term is up, because they could get away with it without a fight; refuse subpoenas; obstruct justice and hold back witnesses (with zero consequences); make up a rule that you can’t indict an impeached sitting president, regardless of proven treasonous behavior. While relying on their partisan-stacked Supreme Court to give a thumbs up, they approve vigilante tactics to circumvent constitutional law. They invent voter suppression laws, whereby if the opponent doesn’t like the election outcome, they can change it to their preferred candidate for no reason. What is the point of an election? They control representation by implementing bogus gerrymandering schemes while slowly paving over the Bill of Rights with a permanent asphalt of anti-democratic, authoritarian perversity.

The Dems would do well to remember the parable of the poisonous snake: “Once upon a time, a farmer was picking up firewood. He came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. He took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit him…