That Everyone Has the Right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Everyone.
Horrifically, our government does not support our troops, makes them pay for their own body armor and should they be injured in battle, places them in hospitals and recovery facilities with mold- covered walls infested by vermin.
That's why it should come as no shock to any of us that Captain America is dead.
You may think it's silly for me to feel so passionately about a fictional character - - Steve Rogers infused with Super- Soldier serum in the 1940's to battle the Nazi's - - but Captain America in Marvel Comics stands for everything that we as Americans believe to be the core values of our nation.
That we fight the good fight. That we Americans want our Freedoms given to every person on this planet.
We as a nation want to believe that America stands for Good.
Truth, Justice and that other part of the phrase so blatantly left out of last summer's SUPERMAN RETURNS - - The American Way.
After years Bush and Cheney and Haliburton and Scooter Libby and the rest of the Rogues Gallery, we're full of ironic, bitchy, jaded comments about "The American Way," but when Superman can't plainly say that he stands for it - - The American Way - - and when Captain America is struck down so easily by a sniper, something has changed.
As Joe Simon, 93 year old co- creator of Captain America, stated today in the press...
"We really need him now."
I agree, Mr. Simon.
This nation without Captain America is pretty damn scary.
Captain America Comics #1
Timely Comics, March 1941.
The debut of Captain America.
Art by Jack Kirby.