The Matter of (Captain) America.

One thousand, three hundred and twenty-four words; that’s how many words it took for Salon’s Bob Calhoun to make the case (including, I expect, to himself) that it’s OK for liberals to be into Captain America*.  It’s kind of sad, really: can’t the stone-cold hardcore Lefties just like Cap for what he is? Yup: rhetorical question: if they did, they wouldn’t have tried, I don’t know, shooting him in the back or something.

Which reminds me: “Cap was right.”

Moe Lane

*The answer to the question “Whose side would he be on?” is, by the way: America’s.  That’s sort of the point of Captain America, really: we’re all expected to work out what he’s a symbol of on our own and stop bugging him while he’s out fighting Nazis.


  • matt says:

    Um….Moe…lefties didn’t shoot him in the back, it was a plan by the Red Skull and just like the USA he got better. Other then that, well said.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Well, yes, they always get better. I was in the moment and pumped at finding that MightyGodKing rewrite, because it’s not easy to find and copies of that one don’t last long at all before ninja lawyers descend.

  • Demosthenes says:

    It is quite clear, from the comments section on that article, that Captain America either is a conservative or leans that way. I reach that conclusion on the grounds that he fights for EVERYBODY. If he were a progressive (even in a leaning fashion) modeled after — oh, after some of those commenters — he would be fighting to ensure that all conservatives were a) labeled “properly” as racist hatemongering ignorant chicken-hawkish lovers of torture, class warfare against the bottom, and the quick brutal death of the “American” dream; b) persecuted for same; c) sterilized to guard against their further propagation; and d) sent on trains run by a much more heavily subsidized Amtrak to “reeducation camps” in some of the more barren parts of Montana.

  • Cameron says:

    If the movie is a success, I expect much gnashing of teeth, apologizing for America and lamentations of the women from the people at Salon.

  • Demosthenes says:

    Cameron: I think you left out “attempts to make Cap ‘safe’ for the Left by explaining away the ‘politics’ of the film in a satisfactorily progressive fashion.” Me…I just want Cap to bust some Nazi skulls, and the redder they are, the better I’ll like it.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      I’m just disappointed that they’re apparently not having Cap punch a hole through Hitler’s personal submarine and then smack the living crap out of Der Fuehrer. I mean, seriously, who wouldn’t pay good money to see THAT?

  • Cameron says:

    Demosthenes, when I got to the article where the director talked about “reinterpretating” (No, that’s not a typo) Captain America as someone who “wants to serve his country, but he’s not this sort of jingoistic American flag-waver.”, I pretty much went numb.

  • Mikey NTH says:

    Here’s the case for Captain America; “He shoots Nazis.”

    There, that was easy.

  • Demosthenes says:

    Yes, Cameron, I read that part too. I actually don’t know what that word means, because I have no conception of what it would mean to “interpretate” something in the first place…let alone to “reinterpretate” it. :::one quick lookup later::: Well, apparently it’s an archaic version of “interpret.” So why not just use THAT?!

  • Demosthenes says:

    Oh, and Moe and Mikey: Those. Both…those. Yes.

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