Superman Giving Up American Citizenship

SupermanWhat I want to know is why he didn’t do this after the Bush administration lied through its teeth in order to launch two never-ending preemptive wars. Needless to say the usual suspects are outraged at Superman’s perceived lack of patriotism. The Guardian reports (thanks to Lynne C. for sending us the link):

After years of declaring he stood for “truth, justice and the American way,” Superman has provoked the ire of rightwingers by threatening to renounce his US citizenship.

In the latest issue of Action Comics, which went on sale on Wednesday, the Man of Steel decides to take the step after he intervenes in a protest against the Iranian government.

After the Islamic regime brands his non-violent protest as an act of war taken on behalf of the US president, the DC comic hero says he will renounce his citizenship before the United Nations.

“I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of US policy,” he says.

Although Superman never actually renounces his citizenship in the story, conservative commentators reacted with disgust.

In a blogpost at The Weekly Standard, senior writer Jonathan Last questioned Superman’s beliefs, now that he seems to have rejected the United States. “Does he believe in British interventionism or Swiss neutrality?” Last wrote. “You see where I’m going with this: If Superman doesn’t believe in America, then he doesn’t believe in anything.”

Posters on comic book discussion forums drew parallels between the superhero’s doubts about his citizenship and the conspiracy theories about Barack Obama’s nationality.

Several posters branded conservative critics of the storyline “Earthers” – a reference to the Birthers – the nickname for the rightwingers who have questioned Obama’s citizenship…

[continues in the Guardian]

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    “What I want to know is why he didn’t do this after the Bush administration lied through its teeth in order to launch two never-ending preemptive wars. . . .”

    My guess: Because before Obama took office, S.M. could probably still delude himself with the fantasy that America’s disgrace was an uncharacteristic aberration that could squarely be blamed on a relatively small gang of perverts, instead of a deeply ingrained streak of greed and stupidity within the American people.

    • Kallisti27

      “What I want to know is why he didn’t do this after the Bush administration lied through its teeth in order to launch two never-ending preemptive wars. . . .”

      Because Bush didn’t lie, Obama is the one who told us he would end the war. Anyway, when a country bases its government after nazi germany, stockpiles yellowcake uranium, and genocides a group of people (Kurds) then there really is no reason America shouldn’t destroy them.

      • Liam_McGonagle

        Yeah, good one. “Curve Ball” was a realllllll reliable agent.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curveball_(informant)

        Bush and Obama are precisely equal as evil, loathesome piles of horse shit. We pretend otherwise to detriment of our moral and intellectual integrity.

        • Frankdemo

          Wikipedia? Must be true. … idiot.

      • Karl

        Non of this was proven at the time, and right now, it *has* been proven that there is no Uranium and never was.

      • Discord28

        actually, there is one rather compelling reason not to destroy an entire country.

      • To The Prettiest

        Bush didn’t lie? Are you serious? Aside from his half-truths and exaggerations and misrepresentations, his outright claiming things that he knew weren’t true are well documented. Obama’s let a lot of his early supporters down, but pretending that Bush wasn’t as driven by corporate profits or that he didn’t lie through his teeth is simply ridiculous.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    “What I want to know is why he didn’t do this after the Bush administration lied through its teeth in order to launch two never-ending preemptive wars. . . .”

    My guess: Because before Obama took office, S.M. could probably still delude himself with the fantasy that America’s disgrace was an uncharacteristic aberration that could squarely be blamed on a relatively small gang of perverts, instead of a deeply ingrained streak of greed and stupidity within the American people.

  • RoboKy

    As a comic reader, I can safely say this is not some grandiose statement on anything really, but a PR stunt for Supes since his popularity has been waning in recent years.

  • Robo Ky

    As a comic reader, I can safely say this is not some grandiose statement on anything really, but a PR stunt for Supes since his popularity has been waning in recent years.

  • emperorreagan

    If I were Superman, I would be telling all politicians to eat a bag of dicks in hell, that I’ll follow my own moral code and they can fuck off.

  • emperorreagan

    If I were Superman, I would be telling all politicians to eat a bag of dicks in hell, that I’ll follow my own moral code and they can fuck off.

    • Threedinium

      I think you’re thinking more of the film ‘Hancock’ perhaps.

  • Ablortez

    Not that I’m an expert, but isn’t he an illegal alien? He wasn’t born in America. Unless there’s a comic where he passes a citizenship exam than hes been a unrepentant liar and fraud of an American citizen masquerading as Clark Kent his whole life. LOL!

  • Ablortez

    Not that I’m an expert, but isn’t he an illegal alien? He wasn’t born in America. Unless there’s a comic where he passes a citizenship exam than hes been a unrepentant liar and fraud of an American citizen masquerading as Clark Kent his whole life. LOL!

    • Guest

      Thank You!!!

  • Kallisti27

    “What I want to know is why he didn’t do this after the Bush administration lied through its teeth in order to launch two never-ending preemptive wars. . . .”

    Because Bush didn’t lie, Obama is the one who told us he would end the war. Anyway, when a country bases its government after nazi germany, stockpiles yellowcake uranium, and genocides a group of people (Kurds) then there really is no reason America shouldn’t destroy them.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, good one. “Curve Ball” was a realllllll reliable agent.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curveball_(informant)

    Bush and Obama are precisely equal as evil, loathesome piles of horse shit. We pretend otherwise to detriment of our moral and intellectual integrity.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    You know things look bleak when we’re even outsourcing our super heroes.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    You know things look bleak when we’re even outsourcing our super heroes.

  • Karl

    Non of this was proven at the time, and right now, it *has* been proven that there is no Uranium and never was.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernard-Forand/100000738532782 Bernard Forand

    Right Wing ideologies have been digressing this nation since President Eisenhower had it all straightened out. Warned us of the corporatist military industries and their destructive ambitions that would decimate our nation. Republicans, from that point on, have gone forward and proved he was correct.
    In the 70′s we had a brain drain of those who had the foresight of the fallacies of the corporatist republicans. Now Super Man is considering to join with the growing retiree expats that have discovered superior opportunities in lands that they once shunned and desired. Failing politics stress is no longer acceptable nor to be tolerated.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernard-Forand/100000738532782 Bernard Forand

    Right Wing ideologies have been digressing this nation since President Eisenhower had it all straightened out. Warned us of the corporatist military industries and their destructive ambitions that would decimate our nation. Republicans, from that point on, have gone forward and proved he was correct.
    In the 70′s we had a brain drain of those who had the foresight of the fallacies of the corporatist republicans. Now Super Man is considering to join with the growing retiree expats that have discovered superior opportunities in lands that they once shunned and desired. Failing politics stress is no longer acceptable nor to be tolerated.

  • Dshndshn

    Sure, kryptonians have the muscle, but grays run the game now..

  • Dshndshn

    Sure, kryptonians have the muscle, but grays run the game now..

  • N1v3krist

    Last wrote. “You see where I’m going with this: If Superman doesn’t believe in America, then he doesn’t believe in anything.”
    Once again some American douchebag has to throw his ego around and make us all look bad…do these people also believe that the sun orbits America and if you leave America you fall off the planet??? It’s this type of ignorant attitude that causes Americans to hate America.

  • N1v3krist

    Last wrote. “You see where I’m going with this: If Superman doesn’t believe in America, then he doesn’t believe in anything.”
    Once again some American douchebag has to throw his ego around and make us all look bad…do these people also believe that the sun orbits America and if you leave America you fall off the planet??? It’s this type of ignorant attitude that causes Americans to hate America.

    • Mr. Coffee

      But the sun does orbit America, from certain frames of reference.

  • Mr Willow

    Thank You!!!

  • Hadrian999

    Steve Rodgers/Clark Kent 2012, lets make it happen

  • Hadrian999

    Steve Rodgers/Clark Kent 2012, lets make it happen

    • dumbsaint

      Do you know how hard it is to get a long-form birth certificate from Krypton?

      • Hadrian999

        would only be an issue if Falcon were running with steve, Clark has the right look to dodge that issue

  • http://twitter.com/mikeyhatesit Mike

    I’m fifty-fifty on this. The part I have a problem with is that while art & and politics are inextricably intertwined, the real-life pundits don’t read comic books enough to understand what is really happening. They were outraged when Robin was killed by the Joker. (Um- guys, it was Jason Todd, not Dick Grayson. Relax- people are starting to grow up in the comics.) He’s a fictional character, ultimately. Yes, he’s very inspirational, and written as a model of how to help people. Superman is wish fulfillment, a natural reaction to wanting to be able to control events that don’t seem to notice the little person. “If I had powers, I would…”

    The original Superman wasn’t a galactic emergency first responder: he went after crooked politicians, shopkeepers who cheated their customers, wife beaters, and slumlords. That is a decidedly leftist view, one that espouses fair treatment and equality for everyone. He hasn’t changed that much, until this declaration of renunciation, because most of his career has been about saving lives. He doesn’t kill people (beyond certain Phantom Zone Criminals) for any reason. Especially not when someone has a different political viewpoint.

    For his entire life, Clark Kent has tried to fit in as, not only a human being, but as an American. In his role as Superman, he’s far too aware of the level of power he has. It’s only natural that he’d want to be a symbol of help, not a weapon. Clark Kent has traveled the world, and seen the how the residents really live. As a reporter, he spent some time on the international beat. His perspective is not only a global one, but an intergalactic one.

    I agree with Supes not wanting to be thought of as an american weapon. His association with the Justice League, in at least one iteration, was on the basis that they handled threats to the planet- and the universe, not just America.

    Don’t forget the fact that Superman actively campaigned against President Luthor, to the point where he physically assaulted the President. He did everything to expose Luthor’s corruption. From a literary view, “Luthor as President” can be seen as a reaction to real world politics and global events. Luthor was eventually exposed as the supervillain he is, and jailed. More wish fulfillment…

    The pundits and politicians decrying Superman becoming a global citizen are missing the point. It’s a good idea- we should all consider the fact everyone is part of an international community. Superman wants to be removed from political considerations, rightfully. If a communist in North Korea is drowning, the politics don’t matter- a human being needs help. The same goes for a Shining Path soldier being attacked by an animal in the jungle.

    By removing himself from his 1936 origins of someone fighting slumlords and exposing politicians for graft, Superman can’t go after corporations that employ slave wage labor, or pollute the environment, or hire the local military as warehouse security guards. Superman can’t change economic conditions that cause poverty, leading to poaching animals for sexual potency powders. He can’t tell farmers to grow produce for food supplies, not fuel. Much of this stuff is the fault of human nature; money buying votes. We bring it on ourselves, and can only blame ourselves for how we treat each other.

    Why can’t we all be more like Superman?

  • http://twitter.com/mikeyhatesit Mike

    I’m fifty-fifty on this. The part I have a problem with is that while art & and politics are inextricably intertwined, the real-life pundits don’t read comic books enough to understand what is really happening. They were outraged when Robin was killed by the Joker. (Um- guys, it was Jason Todd, not Dick Grayson. Relax- people are starting to grow up in the comics.) He’s a fictional character, ultimately. Yes, he’s very inspirational, and written as a model of how to help people. Superman is wish fulfillment, a natural reaction to wanting to be able to control events that don’t seem to notice the little person. “If I had powers, I would…”

    The original Superman wasn’t a galactic emergency first responder: he went after crooked politicians, shopkeepers who cheated their customers, wife beaters, and slumlords. That is a decidedly leftist view, one that espouses fair treatment and equality for everyone. He hasn’t changed that much, until this declaration of renunciation, because most of his career has been about saving lives. He doesn’t kill people (beyond certain Phantom Zone Criminals) for any reason. Especially not when someone has a different political viewpoint.

    For his entire life, Clark Kent has tried to fit in as, not only a human being, but as an American. In his role as Superman, he’s far too aware of the level of power he has. It’s only natural that he’d want to be a symbol of help, not a weapon. Clark Kent has traveled the world, and seen the how the residents really live. As a reporter, he spent some time on the international beat. His perspective is not only a global one, but an intergalactic one.

    I agree with Supes not wanting to be thought of as an american weapon. His association with the Justice League, in at least one iteration, was on the basis that they handled threats to the planet- and the universe, not just America.

    Don’t forget the fact that Superman actively campaigned against President Luthor, to the point where he physically assaulted the President. He did everything to expose Luthor’s corruption. From a literary view, “Luthor as President” can be seen as a reaction to real world politics and global events. Luthor was eventually exposed as the supervillain he is, and jailed. More wish fulfillment…

    The pundits and politicians decrying Superman becoming a global citizen are missing the point. It’s a good idea- we should all consider the fact everyone is part of an international community. Superman wants to be removed from political considerations, rightfully. If a communist in North Korea is drowning, the politics don’t matter- a human being needs help. The same goes for a Shining Path soldier being attacked by an animal in the jungle.

    By removing himself from his 1936 origins of someone fighting slumlords and exposing politicians for graft, Superman can’t go after corporations that employ slave wage labor, or pollute the environment, or hire the local military as warehouse security guards. Superman can’t change economic conditions that cause poverty, leading to poaching animals for sexual potency powders. He can’t tell farmers to grow produce for food supplies, not fuel. Much of this stuff is the fault of human nature; money buying votes. We bring it on ourselves, and can only blame ourselves for how we treat each other.

    Why can’t we all be more like Superman?

    • Threedinium

      Because when Superman falls, Batman will be there to pick up the pieces. When Batman falls…. we’re basically fucked.

  • Mr. Coffee

    But the sun does orbit America, from certain frames of reference.

  • Gregory

    I’ve never liked the association of Superman with American ideas, if anything, Superman represents the opposite of American ideas. Once again we have conservatives who are unwilling to look what America has become in the face and be appalled by it. Go Superman, you illegal alien, you!

  • Gregory

    I’ve never liked the association of Superman with American ideas, if anything, Superman represents the opposite of American ideas. Once again we have conservatives who are unwilling to look what America has become in the face and be appalled by it. Go Superman, you illegal alien, you!

  • Discord28

    actually, there is one rather compelling reason not to destroy an entire country.

  • Anonymous

    Do they have to rename the JLA now?

  • dumbsaint

    Do they have to rename the JLA now?

  • Anonymous

    Do you know how hard it is to get a long-form birth certificate from Krypton?

  • Hadrian999

    would only be an issue if Falcon were running with steve, Clark has the right look to dodge that issue

  • Threedinium

    Because when Superman falls, Batman will be there to pick up the pieces. When Batman falls…. we’re basically fucked.

  • Threedinium

    I think you’re thinking more of the film ‘Hancock’ perhaps.

  • Frankdemo

    Wikipedia? Must be true. … idiot.

  • To The Prettiest

    Bush didn’t lie? Are you serious? Aside from his half-truths and exaggerations and misrepresentations, his outright claiming things that he knew weren’t true are well documented. Obama’s let a lot of his early supporters down, but pretending that Bush wasn’t as driven by corporate profits or that he didn’t lie through his teeth is simply ridiculous.

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