If you ask most people what Superman fights for, you will get the answer "Truth, Justice and the American Way." Superman has been a pop-culture embodiment of small-town American patriotic values. But Superman has changed. In a new story line announced in an April issue of Action Comics, Superman renounces his U.S. citizenship, saying he is "tired of having [his] actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy." Superman tells the President's national security adviser that "truth, justice and the American way is not enough anymore." Then Superman goes on to say, "I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship."
This shocking development left fans and many in the comics industry scratching their heads. Superman's decision to distance himself from his homeland has started a fierce debate online. Some international fans are cheering his globalism statement, but American fans are really upset at the thought that Superman would rather be a citizen of the world than an advocate of the American way. Fans wonder if this is a sign of the end of the "American Era" or just a publicity stunt by a comic book publisher.
On this Flag Day, let's remind ourselves that the United States is the only country that ends its national anthem with a question: "Oh say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?" If we want to keep it waving, it's up to us to reject all plans or even careless talk, by Superman or anyone else, to accept any moves toward world citizenship, globalism, or government by United Nations bureaucrats.
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