The left has tugged on Superman’s cape, and will spit into the wind – that’s the subject of today’s Talking Points memo.
In the new film “Superman Returns,” Daily Planet editor Perry White responds this way after being told the man of steel has come back after a five year absence: “Does he still stand for truth, justice and all that stuff?”
And all that stuff?
The original line, of course, was “Truth, justice and the American way.” But no way the “American way” gets in the film.
That’s because Warner Brothers, the studio distributing the movie, doesn’t want to piss off any foreign viewers to see a movie that is pro-American. Heaven for bid a movie made in American to be pro-American. It’s bad enough Superman was raised in the Midwest; we can’t be having the hero actually standing for the American Way, now can we? Some Muslim in Pakistan might throw bomb-laden popcorn box at the screen, or shoot the candy concessionaire.
I wonder how we got away with it with all those Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable and John Wayne movies during World War II? Well, that’s another story.
You don’t need x-ray vision to know that things have changed drastically in America in the past five years. When Superman left to go visit the planet of his birthplace, (another twist in the story line, some how the planet Krypton came back) the USA was not engaged in a terror war; the country was merrily drifting along, hoping that rap music would follow disco into obscurity.
But that was then. Now, America is a divided country. (As far as the New York and LA Times are concerned) We are fighting a fierce war on terror overseas, and an intense culture war at home. No longer is the “American way” something to be proud of; today, forces abroad and at home believe we are a deeply flawed nation that is a danger to the world.
Thank you Dick ‘Turbin’, ‘Miss America” Nancy Poloci, Barbara Boxer, and Ted (the Swimmer) Kennedy.
According to a Pew Global Attitudes survey, almost 30% of Americans believe that America’s presence in Iraq poses a greater danger to world peace than Iran’s quest for a nuclear weapon. In Turkey, 65% of the people feel that way. This kind of muddled thinking reflects the sentiment of the anti-American press worldwide and with the far left kook-fringe liberal base here in the USA.
The far left liberal-base philosophy would rattle even Superman. Led by moneymen George Soros and Peter Lewis who have bought enormous internet access, the far left liberal-base are selling the theory that the USA needs radical change, a complete overhaul. Think about it: Almost every day, the liberal press bombards us with messages that America violates human rights, that conservatives are racist-bigot-sexist-homophobes, that the rich control everything and don’t pay enough tax, and that the rights of women are trampled if any restrictions are placed on abortion.
You see its tragic that 2,500 of our military heros have died in the course of the war in Iraq the last three years, but 1.3 million aborted babies in America every year is something to celebrate.
The far left liberal-base are becoming increasingly emboldened. Writing in The New York Times, David Nasaw, a professor at the ultra-left City University of New York, made this comment about the charitable gifts of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: “While we can only applaud the decision by Mr. Buffett and Mr. Gates to give away so much of their fortunes … is society served by permitting so much capital to be accumulated by so few?” (italics added)
Fifty years ago, Professor Nasaw would have received an invitation to appear before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Today, he is a lion in the secular-progressive movement which seeks to have a large centralized government decide who can earn what.
That’s not the American way Superman used to uphold. This is a brave new world that threatens even superheroes. The old ways of respect for the basic nobility of America, the capitalistic free enterprise system, and the Judeo-Christian philosophy of personal responsibility are all under siege by stealth forces faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive. They can even exorcise a classic pro-American line from a movie about a traditional comic book hero.
Perry White, the truth is, there is no justice in eliminating the American way.
And that’s the memo.