In issue number 602 of Captain America, a new story line has begun called “Two Americas.” In it the current Captain (there have been a few of them, apparently) is on the trail of a faux Captain America that is mentally deranged and getting chummy with some white supremacist, anti-government, survivalists types going by the name of “the Watchdogs.” While investigating this subversive group, Captain America and his partner The Falcon — a black super hero — have decided to try and infiltrate the secretive organization.
In preparation for the infiltration, Marvel Comics depicts the two super heroes out of costume and observing from a rooftop a street filled with what can only be described as a Tea Party protest. The scene shows crowds of people in city streets carrying signs that say, “stop the socialists,” “tea bag libs before they tea bag you,” and “no to new taxes.” Naturally, the people in these crowds are depicted as being filled with nothing but white folks.
The black character asks the out of costume Captain, “What the hell is this?” And follows that with, “looks like some kind of anti-tax protest.” The Falcon character then snidely tells his partner the Captain, “So I guess this whole ‘hate the government’ vibe around here isn’t limited to the Watchdogs.”
The two then discuss their plan to infiltrate the subversive group that Marvel comics seems to be linking to the Tea Party movement. This discussion culminates in The Falcon wondering how a black man would do such a thing. “I don’t exactly see a black man from Harlem fitting in with a bunch of angry white folks,” he tells the incognito Captain America.
The Captain tells him, “no it’s perfect… this all fits right into my plan.” After this we find that the Captain’s plan is to send the black man into a redneck bar to pretend to be a black man working for the IRS and to get everyone all mad… because… well, you know that every white person is a racist that hates black civil servants, right?
Can you tell me where I might find my friend and companion?
Now he looks a little different from anything you’ve seen.
He likes to beat the bass drum for justice and salvation,
He’s got the brains of Einstein and the brawn of Mister Clean.
He’s a lightnin’ flash who’ll make the dash from one coast to the other
To stop a crime or lend a dime or help his aging mother .
Captain America we love you, Captain America you’re grand,
Oh Spiro Agnew eat your heart out, Captain America’s our man.
Those words were written an sung forty years ago by a young Jimmy Buffett, quite the folk singer but not yet the fantastic posterchild for Caribbean escapism he would later become. I don’t know Jimmy–though I may have met him once (that’s a long story)–but from his singing and his writings it’s quite apparent that he falls on the left of the political spectrum.
Regardless, there was something grand about Captain America, who was Marvel Comics’ comic book star during the 1940s when the United States was at war. He fought Nazis, famously socking Adolf Hitler in the jaw. He knew evil. He knew tyranny. And he fought for America, for freedom, for the ideas which make this country great.
Now, it appears that he’s fighting for liberalism, for political correctness, and for acquiescence to the creeping tide of totalitarianism. In the same way that Hollywood ensured that the new Superman was no longer fighting “For Truth, Justice and the American Way” and was instead fighting for “truth, justice and all of that stuff,” and in the same way that G.I. Joe, the Real American Hero became the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity headquartered in Brussels, the left has once again taken American freedom out of an American icon.
What happened, Captain America? Please fight back.