Captain America’s Newest Enemy: Conservative Americans
By Ben Kayser
Captain America has once again found himself in the headlines after a recent comic book issue has him going against supposed conservatives. It wasn’t long ago that it was announced that the character Sam Wilson/Falcon would be taking over the iconic role as Captain America in the comic book.
In the first issue, Sam Willson/Captain America goes against a racist, anti-socialist foe called Sons of the Serpent. In it, the armed foes are confronted on the U.S/Mexico border declaring, “Attention all trespassers! By invading this sovereign land, you defy the laws of God, nature, and the United States Constitution.
Therefore, I hereby apprehend you by the power vested in me by the aforementioned God, nature, et cetera, et cetera.” This straw man argument and comparison is neither helpful nor logical. Equating anti-socialists with racists make no sense, especially in light of Captain America’s frequent battles with socialist and communist evils, both in the comics and the movies. Captain America’s has always fought against big government, encroaching on the lives of the American people.
Clearly, the authors of the newest comic books have an agenda against certain conservative ideals, and have decided that the best way to attack those ideals is to equate hard working, church going, traditional family focused American citizens with murderous, white supremacist, zealots. It’s ludicrous. It’s offensive, and Marvel Comics should know better than to attack middle America. Thankfully, the Captain America in the movies represent those constitutional ideals, and Disney would be dancing with box office failure if it attempted to taint this traditional American hero on the big screen.
Though it’s not a solid argument, another headline screams of irony. Anthony Mackie, who portrays Sam Wilson in the movies was also in the headlines this week after semi-endorsing Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, who has an intense stance on illegal immigration.
In an interview, Mackie stated: “I would 100 percent want to run Trump’s campaign. 100 percent, I mean, first that’ll be the best party ever when he won, and second, Trump’s an easy sell… When you look at Trump, he’s an easy sell because you can sell him as the guy who worked his way up from nothing. And, I think if you’re a ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ candidate, people would identify with that. I’m on the bandwagon.” he said. UPDATE: A day later, Mackie clarified that the whole statement was a bad attempt at a joke.
It’s becoming seemingly clear that the source material for comic book movies are worth scrapping. Thankfully, conservatives can still embrace the movies and enjoy values of liberty, freedom and truth.
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