Lessons from Thermopylae

Anyone who has seen the fantastic movie with Girard Butler called “300” has seen how we can sucessfully take the lead and win in the debate against illegal immigration.

For those who do not know the story, in 480 B.C. Xerxes lead an army (rumored to be in the millions) of Persians to attack Greece.   KIng Leonidas of Sparta took the Allied Army of 7000 men and held Xerxes at the Pass of Thermopylae, making them forever the symbol of courage, persistence, manhood and leadership against insurmountable odds.

Wave after wave of Persians fell upon the Spartans but suffered terrible losses at the persistent band of brothers.   King Leonidas was betrayed by a local  (Ephialtes) who was angry he would not be allowed to fight with the Spartans thus allowing for Xerxes ultimate victory, but not without paying a very high price in bodies numbering in the thousands.  King Leonidas, knowing they would not survive, sent most of his troops back to their cities, ordered them to rouse others to the cause, shore up defenses.  He kept his trusted royal guard of 300 and battled fiercely to the very end fighting with weapons, and when they were expended, their own hands until not one was left alive.  This valiant act of all out selflessness bought the Greeks precious time.  The Greeks drove Xerxes back home.  In 481 B.C.  an Allied army decisively defeated the Persians at the Battle of Plataea, thereby ending the Persian invasion.

One of the many monuments inscribed at the site on top of the burial mound of the Spartans at Thermopylae reads:  “Stranger, go tell the Spartans that we lie here  True, even to the death  To our Spartan way of life.”  The line is translated many different ways, the main idea being that they were true to the end.  Additionally, there is a modern monument at the site, called the “Leonidas Monument”, in honor of the Spartan king. It features a bronze statue of Leonidas. A sign, under the statue, reads simply:  “Come and get them!”  in answer to Xerxes’ demand that the Greeks give up their weapons.

Today we face the same odds, within and without our country wave after wave of criticism, race baiting and attacks on our stance to support and defend our country and it’s foundation, our Constitution have crashed all around us trying to drown out and stifle us.  As thousands of illegal immigrants and their supporters descend upon 70+ cities May 1, do no be dismayed or disheartened.  Stay the course as it is right and just.  Rule of law trumps social justice.  America is our country worth fighting for and defending, to whatever point we must, to make sure that our liberties are preserved.  We should remain civil, above the violent rhetoric of the left or even those (both legal and illegal) who threatened to tune up Americans who will not bow to their demands.  We should never have to resort to the tactics of the left when the facts and the law are on our side.  Our long spears are federal law.  Our shield is the Constitution and our knives are the tools by which the laws are carried out, the police, border patrol and ICE.  Our resolve is strong and we must, come November, put more weapons in our arsenal by putting men and women of character in the House and Senate.  We must install people who respect this country and the people who bled and died, to preserve our liberties and freedoms, so that when interlopers who have no respect for this country or it’s laws try to take more (of anything) from us, we can say “Come and take them” with the same resolve, courage and passion.