By Cliff Heseltine
I don’t know about most of you, but I gave up on Doonesbury about the time he started making things up to bash any Republican on any issue. That was a long time ago. The strip above is by a cartoonist who is an honest, middle-class American and believes the only hyphen allowed is the one between middle and class. While claiming no specific political affiliation, it’s obvious from his work that he leans Tea Party Libertarian and unlike almost every other cartoonist out there, is passionately pro-Second Amendment (along with the remainder of our founding documents) . . .
I could go into a long and boring personal biography of Mr. Muir, but that’s available on Wikipedia so I see no need to re-write it. Instead, I’ll give you a brief run-down of the strip he creates which is called, appropriately enough, “Day by Day”.
Started in 2002 DBD is currently only available (due to its decidedly non-PC and also non-MSM friendly content) on the Internet and on many non-PC and pro-gun blogs. Access to this daily strip is free, but you can sign up for e-mail delivery every day to keep up to date. Chris supports this strip with voluntary donations which you can make via PayPal (yeah, I know, but it’s a good cause) and by selling certain strip-related items during an annual fundraiser. His calendar of Sam (the redhead in the strip above) posing semi-nude with various guns was apparently a huge success.
By keeping his work strictly Internet-based Chris is able to bypass the censorship and other limitations placed on political satire (and scantily clad or unclothed beautiful women) in the MSM. His main characters are Samantha, an engineer, intelligent and independent half-Japanese redhead who likes to tuck a small GLOCK into a garter holster, Zed, her husband, a hard-working middle class patriot, former S.O.F., sniper, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, and gun enthusiast. Their best friends are Damon, a black conservative computer engineer and staunch opponent of Barack Obama, and Jan, Damon’s Argentinian wife, a hard-core old-school liberal and Hillary supporter.
The strip itself varies between vignettes of these two couples in their daily lives and commentary on politicians in current events-related scenarios, as well as how these political events affect the main characters. As you can see from the strip at the beginning of this piece Chris isn’t afraid to take on the same subjects we here hold dear; in this case over-militarized police conducting a no-knock full tactical raid on their home supposedly due to a “wrong address”. And shooting up one of their lawn gnomes for good measure. Even though they are at the wrong address one of the LEOs, Officer Willis, has decided they need to confiscate all the guns they found “in the interest of public safety.”
This is just a taste of the pro-gun content of the strip which occurs frequently (Zed and Sam LOVE their guns, Damon likes to shoot, Jan…not so much. Especially since she took a hot 9mm case down the front of her blouse.) Anyone who is pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Constitution and America and is generally politically conservative should love this strip (and I do mean strip – both Sam and Jan occasionally appear au natural). And for RF’s enjoyment there is the recurring visiting character of Naomi, a former Mossad pilot, Zed’s spotter in Iraq. She’s also not opposed to a little nude sunbathing from time to time.
If you’re of a more liberal/progressive mind-set, you probably won’t enjoy much of what’s presented in the strip as it is not flattering to the administration. But I have to say that unlike Gary Trudeau and Doonesbury, Chris Muir presents the liberal side through Jan’s commentary and by way of Sam’s younger sister, a hard-core pro-Obama proggy, exactly as the liberals do and pulls no punches when the RINOs fail us either.
Actually, he seems to have little use for any of the political elites in Washington at this time. His political bite is generally spot on, regardless of party, and he doesn’t put up straw men just to make one side or the other look bad. This may be because he has no trouble showing them as they really are and letting them make themselves look bad. His genius is cutting through the usual political fog and saying loudly, “LOOK! The Emperor is naked!”
Give Day by Day a look. I think you’ll be as amazed and entertained as I was. One warning, however: the DBD website will allow you to go back over ten years and follow the strip as it has matured. You’ll probably want to budget your time. Enjoy.