Truth, Justice, and the …. Way?

by Mark Mazzenga

Well Arizona, it seems as though you’ll have one more headache to agonize over—a super one at that. Just one week after having lamented over the long lost American hero, the New York Post reports that Superman, the defender of truth, justice, and the American way, has renounced his American citizenship. In explaining his reasoning, the Man of Steel divulges that kryptonite isn’t his only weakness, as he apparently is also vulnerable to the bureaucratic mentality, “I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy.”

I don’t doubt the intentions of the more global-minded DC writers, but I do call into question their methods. While “American” (and I put American in quotes for the super geeks who will point out that Superman isn’t even human let alone American), hasn’t Superman always transcended politics? Hasn’t his evolved sense of morality always embodied the best of not only the American spirit, but of humanity? Lastly, since when does Superman give in to the detractors? Instead of renouncing his alleged American citizenship, why doesn’t he come out and make it clear that he is and has always considered himself a global citizen of his host country earth?

When Thomas Friedman penned, The World is Flat, several years ago, he was right in positing that we need to create a broader definition of what it means to be a “citizen.” But does being a nationalist necessarily signify narrow-mindedness?

What do you think of Superman’s impending announcement? Unpatriotic or progressive?

Also, make sure to tune in next week when Pepe le Pew talks about finding God and his commitment to celibacy.