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Superman and the American way

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Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 7:00 am | Updated: 12:37 am, Wed Jun 8, 2011.

METROPOLIS -- Superman, a long-time resident of this city, was reported by the Associated Press on April 29 to have renounced his United States citizenship.

It was not known at press time whether birther-mania or other factors were responsible other than those reported in Action Comics No. 900.

In that issue, Superman chronicler David S. Goyer and illustrator Miguel Sepulveda quote Superman as renouncing his United States loyalty after a trip to Iran to support nonviolent protests. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad presumed the caped man of steel was acting as an agent of the United States and provoking war against Tehran.

The dispatch quotes Superman as saying, "Truth, justice and the American way... it's not enough anymore," in declaring his independence.

The question about Superman's citizenship has lingered for decades. The 73-year-old, who arrived from the planet Krypton in 1938, has no known birth certificate and informed sources say he is actually an illegal alien.

If he never took out citizenship and cannot show proof of birth, how could he have ever represented "truth, justice and the American way" in the first place? Some speculate that this contradiction is actually behind the sudden renunciation of allegiance.

The same week that Superman renounced his U.S. citizenship, President Barack Obama produced new verification of his Hawaii birthplace. This came after alleged Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump exploited an old wing-nut conspiracy theory about Obama's place of birth.

Obama had earlier tried to show chauvinistic citizen identity by having his administration promote unethical and immoral deportations of hard-working families (fathers, mothers and children) from their homes during these hard times, a type of dislodging only mortgage lenders are known to do.

Obama has refused to use other administrative remedies to maintain family values and unity, such as parole, executive orders and commutations intended to keep hard-working, law-abiding families, possibly guilty of misdemeanor offenses, intact.

A statement from the Comics Alliance points out that Superman has always represented immigrant culture, the ability to literally "make it in America."

One source, who chose not to disclose his name, said that just as America has lost faith in what Superman stands for (truth, justice and the American way), Superman has lost faith in America.

By having comically pursued the Obama birthplace issue, Donald Trump is more responsible than anyone for outing Superman and making the man of steel eligible for deportation by Obama's goons.

Action Comics No. 900 implies Superman existentially realizes that his nonviolent civic action in Iran was interpreted as politics favoring the United States. He was willing to take the rap were it not that it is in favor of the same president who would not apply his presidential powers to dismiss complaints against hard-working families and their children, who are, as Superman admits he is, illegal aliens.

While the super hero is said to want to continue working to intercede for justice, with the same values as before, he will do so now from an international, humanistic perspective, without appearing as the water carrier or stooge for any president.

This isn't the first time a U.S. comic book icon has disassociated from his national identity. In 1974, Captain America became Nomad after he discovered a high-ranking government official (purportedly President Richard Nixon) was the leader of a terrorist organization known as the Secret Empire.

Superman is living proof that someone can be an illegal alien and represent the patriotic values of "truth, justice, and the American way" symbolized by his red and blue costume and a cape that lets him fly above all others. Now, quite literally, what the American way represents is up for grabs if it cannot be viewed as what all immigrants embrace.

What the "American way" means anymore is increasingly complicated, said the Comics Alliance, speaking like a weenie without taking a firmer stand on the injustice of it all.

Jose de la Isla writes a weekly commentary for Hispanic Link News Service. E-mail him at

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