Woot! My post comparing Ted Cruz’s filibuster to the Spartan “300” inspired Chris Muir’s wonderful “Day By Day” cartoon

I’ve long been a big fan of Chris Muir’s “Day By Day” cartoon.  It’s intelligent, witty, and sophisticated.  You can imagine, then, how thrilled I am to have inspired his latest cartoon, this one about Ted Cruz:

Chris Muir cartoon

(If you missed the reference to my blog, check the very bottom of the cartoon panel.)

Honestly, this is so cool.

The post to which Chris refers is this one, which I believe in more now than on the day I wrote it:

"I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare."

“I will do everything necessary and anything possible to defund Obamacare.”

Most people, whether Democrat or Republican, agree that Ted Cruz’s planned filibuster in the Senate is doomed. It will do nothing to stop Obamacare’s inexorable path towards implementation. (To understand precisely what the filibuster is about, Ace has a good, short explanation.)

Because Ted Cruz is nobody’s fool, I’m guessing that he too knows that it won’t stop Obamacare from getting fully implemented within the next few months. Why, then, is Cruz engaged in this quixotic effort? I think I have the answer, but you’ll have to bear with me, because it involves taking a little trip back, back in time . . . to the Battle of Thermopylae.


Even now, 2,500 years later, the Spartans’ brave stand at Thermopylae still has the power to inspire us. Victory wasn’t the point. The point was to fight and to educate Greeks about their merciless enemy and its overwhelming drive for power. Leonidas and his men may have died there, but their ghosts led the Greeks to eventual victory.

Which gets me back to Ted Cruz and his buddies in the Senate. They’re not stupid. They know that this filibuster will be futile. But they know two other things as well: Filibusters grab headlines, which gives them a golden opportunity to lift the cone of silence that the mainstream media places between Republicans and voters.

Under the current media regime, Republican arguments and statements get to the voters only if small fry Republicans get arrested, or say something “provocative” about gay marriage or abortion. Other than that, most voters would be hard pressed to know what conservatives politicians and thinkers are saying.

“Come and take them.”

“Come and take them.”

Imagine someone as intelligent and articulate as Ted Cruz – a man who has a knack for clearly stating complex principles – speaking directly to the voters about Obamacare, without the media acting as his “interpretor.” And remember, if he does filibuster, he’ll be speaking to voters who, for the most part, are already beginning to realize that, with Obamacare, they’ve been sold a bill of goods.

Absent a miracle, Cruz will lose on the filibuster. The Republican establishment will start bleating out “I told you so” on every “news” show they can find. And Obamacare will go forward.

But here’s what Cruz also knows: Obamacare will be a disaster. We know that for certain. Indeed, the best evidence you need is Congress’s frantic effort to ward off Obamacare in its own marbled halls. If that’s not enough, look at the diminution in choice, the price increases for the middle class, the lost jobs, the lost insurance coverage, and the downward adjustments in working hours.  We, the people, are going to be badly hurt by Obamacare.

Americans aren’t going to learn about the nasty stuff hiding in Obamacare until they experience it first hand.  What was an abstract political fight in Washington, D.C. will become a genuine problem in their day-to-day lives.  And that’s when Ted Cruz will pop back up again and say (nicely, of course), “Remember me? I tried to warn you and I tried to help. Trust me to have the courage and the wisdom to fix this. But this time, you have to stand with me to win the battle.”

The filibuster is Cruz’s Thermopylae. He knows that, whether he wins or loses, in the long term he will be the victor.  When it all falls apart, Ted Cruz will be seen and remembered for coming down on the side of sanity and freedom.

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  • Danny Lemieux

    I believe that Ted Cruz took a page from Ronald Reagan’s famous 1964 Speech “A time to choose”, in support of Barry Goldwater. Barry Goldwater lost, but Reagan cemented his position as the ideological pillar of conservative Republicanism. Reagan, of course, went on to win. 
    I find it hysterical that the RINOs and Leftwing/Mainstream (oops, redundancy there) still can’t figure out what happened.
    I just hope that Ted Cruz doesn’t take as long to “win” as Reagan did. We can’t afford it. 
    Here’s that speech…it still resonates today. How far we have fallen!

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    While the movie itself was historically inaccurate in the Hollywood sense of wives and sex, the Battle of Thermopylae exists outside of Hollywood and Western cultural contamination.
    So those who use the 300 movie as a vehicle for their own strike against the Left, I approve of. Using fire to fight fire, poison to fight poison, the Left’s propaganda against the Left, is justice, if not merely survival.
    No matter how powerful your foe, how matter how evil, the side of Good can always use power conversion via judo, aikido, Taiji Chuan, to use the enemy’s power against them.
    Barry Goldwater was wire tapped by forces under FDR’s control, ostensible control at least since the FBI in those days were their own force for good or ill.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    <B>Leonidas and his men may have died there, but their ghosts led the Greeks to eventual victory.</b>
    Look up the name and history of Themistocles, Book. You will see some direct comparisons between him and Cruz.
    Themistocles was the grand strategist and statesmen that rounded up the Greek cats and made them fight for victory at Salamis. The time the Spartans and Greeks bought at the Pass, was time he needed to organize and think. And think he did.
    The other Greeks were against Themistocles’ ideas and policies. They thought he was too high minded and thought too much of himself. Nonetheless, with careful political maneuvering and use of his resources, he got those cats herded to Salamis and made them fight for victory. As a result, the Persian fleet was annihilated almost entirely. With their supply lines broken and trouble brewing at home absent Xerxes direct rule, Xerxes decided to go back, leaving the rest of his army there to finish the job. Which they failed to do at Palatea, lacking a sea route of reinforcement and resupplies.
    The reward Themistocles got for his high minded rhetoric and daringly successful military strategy was exile from his home city of Athens, by people who were better at politics than statesmanship, better at personal enrichment than the glory and security of their city state. That is the Reward, Democratic Athens provided to their leader, Themistocles, for Salamis.
    That is also the reward Cruz will get, that he is getting now or will get in the future. Because when America became a democracy, it was also made a den of traitors and weaklings.
    If Americans finally throw off the treason of democracy, they may come to support Cruz and that should atone for most of the sins US national and domestic policies have inflicted. But the chances are not guaranteed.

  • Michael Adams

    Ted is creating news, rather than waiting for it to be created for/about him.He is brilliant, and has the credentials that the quiche-eaters* can understand.
    The morning he argued the Ten Commandment case before the US Supreme Court, I was surprised to see a lot of the boys at Julia’s school had arrived early, to spend an hour in the chapel, praying for Cruz, and for the United States. We would do well to emulate those young men. America will be rescued by people who stand up, and by people on our knees.
    Yes, I like quiche, and make a very good one myself.  The term “Quiche-eater” was coined by  none other than the late Molly Ivins, to describe the effete elite.

  • Michael Adams

    I utterly forgot to say, Way to Go.  I always rejoice when friends do well, or are recognized for their accomplishments. GO BOOKWORM!

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Thank you.  I admire Chris Muir’s talent a great deal, so recognition from him is something that make me very pleased with myself.