This week’s assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is holiday themed. Check out what Brian had for us this week:
Patriotic pop culture. What movie, TV show, comic book, etc. makes you want to stand up and salute Old Glory?
I agree with what some of the other League members have thought up. Hulk Hogan in the height of Hulkamania was waving the red white and blue. But then wrestling fans learn of backstage politics, and his lack of actual wrestling skill, plus the long years as a heel. All of this adds up to the Hulkster just not looking that patriotic anymore.
GI Joe is a fantastic pick, because they are a Real American Hero. I absolutely love GI Joe and I’m planning on going through the entire series here soon. However, I don’t know that I learned anything about patriotism from it. Lasers are cool. Cobra, the Enemy, is maybe the best collection of bad guys in all of cartoons. But nothing resonated for long enough to get me out there saluting Old Glory.
There are lots of all American memories from my childhood that I could pick – Sgt Slaughter, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the merchandise and marketing for Operation Desert Storm (and Shield), the Olympic Dream Team. None of it meant enough to me that I can still see it with love and nostalgia as an adult. I need something that I loved as a kid and I can love as an adult as well. I need an American representation that is honest. One that always strives to be perfect, but is also human and thus fallible. To me part of being a patriotic American is recognizing that no, we’re not perfect but overall dammit we’re still pretty great. Sometimes we don’t make the best decisions, sometimes we elect the wrong people, but in the long game America has certain ideals and is pretty great. I needed to find one thing that sums all of that up. One iconic pick.
Captain America isn’t about one political party, or one politician, or one President. He is about the overall American dream. That all are equal and free. That with hard work anyone can achieve anything they want to in life.
Its an easy idea, but one that is all too often perverted. Protect those who are being bullied. Don’t be a bully yourself. There are worst ways to live your life, than to live it based on Captain America’s teachings.
For fun let me close this with a Top 4 Iconic Captain American Moments.
4. “Get them to safety”
3. “You can take away my muscle.”
2. “I represent the American Dream.”
1. “No, you move.”