Kryptonian-American

Did you hear? Faster than a speeding bullet, our most renowned superhero intends to renounce his American citizenship. I do not know which is the funniest. That he is going to do it or that it got coverage from practically every major news outlet.

Hyphenated superheroes? Why not? It is the American thing to do is it not? We continue to play opposites with our national motto. It is now from one many.

This illegal alien from Krypton, as far as I am able to tell, did not enter the United States on an approved visa through a controlled entry point. Nope, like a drug smuggler, he landed his covert aircraft in a Kansas farm field. From there he was aided and abetted by a Kansas couple, Jonathan and Martha Kent, who gave him a false identity and hid his illegal alien status from the unsuspecting residents of Smallville. Kansas mother. Faked identity. I must admit I do not like where this train of thought is leading.

I demand to see the paper trail on this one. How does a fictitious character, from a fictitious planet, who grew up in a fictitious Kansas farm community hiding his true identity and who now skulks behind a pair of nerd glasses as Clark Kent working as a fake journalist in fictitious Metropolis renounce his fictitious citizenship. Does his driver’s license say Superman or Clark Kent? Once his true fake identity is known will his arch enemy Lex Luthor drop some kryptonite into his diet soda?

That is what I want to know. Are you ready for it? Who issued this fake man the fake birth certificate that was necessary to establish his American citizenship in the first place? The next thing you know, he will be running for the presidency. We know his real name is Kal-El and he is an illegal alien. His real daddy is Jor-El. Jerome Corsi, please investigate.

It is a sad spectacle when our national identity is closely attached to a comic book character. In the day, however, characters like Superman reinforced for American children, like me, that standing up for truth, justice and the American way was important. Now, this comic book character, whose influence is more potent than we may be willing to acknowledge, is teaching our children that the American way is no longer sufficient. It needs to be the global way, an international way, and a way not driven by American leadership. Superman no longer belongs to America and in his new world view the American way is on par with the North Korean way. He is a citizen of the world. He can now leap the United Nations building in a single bound and use his super powers to make sure America toes the global line. At least he came right out and said it, rather than putting forth faux patriotism while taking actions to show how deeply he despises the American way.

The United States of America was founded on a single guiding principle. God-given freedom. Freedom on loan to us from our creator. Freedoms that cannot be taken from us by men less we choose to allow them to be taken. That enduring principle was woven into all aspects of the American way. Being the only nation in the history of the world founded on such a principle is what made and still makes us an exceptional nation. This ideal was reinforced by accounts of real heroes, our fictional heroes and preached to us by our real leaders. Now, although appearing as an insignificant comic book hero, our newly ordained Kryptonian-American has declared that the exceptional American way is not so important. You may not realize it, but that is just another slam at our foundation. Targeting the minds of children and telling them that there is nothing exceptional about our country.

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No! It’s a Kryptonian-American! Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. He’s the Kryptonian-American. Always fighting for truth, justice and all of that other stuff.

© 2011

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