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Old May 15th, 2017, 08:50:26 PM   #1
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Default A thought on Captain America

This forum seems to be deader than Jane Doe, but if anyone is out there...

Captain America has been written in increasingly political tones lately (as has Superman). I don't like it, and I just read an article about Duane Johnson that sums up why beautifully. Just substitute Cap for the rock in this:

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The Rock is a registered Republican, and he spoke briefly to the 2000 Republican National Convention (as part of a WWE get-out-the-vote initiative), but his precise political positions are undefined. Heís been friendly with Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. After the 2016 election, he took issue with the Under Armour CEOís statement of support for Donald Trump but refused to distance himself from the company itself. We know The Rock loves America, but we canít begin to guess where he stands on the EPAís Clean Power Plan. Rather than speculating about whether The Rock could run and win, letís ask a different question: What is his highest and best purpose as a patriotic American? Is it really in politics? Or is it in expanding a public platform that combines an enormous amount of pure fun with outspoken patriotism, love of his fellow citizens, and evangelism for hard work and perseverance?

Those of us who write about and study both politics and pop culture are keenly aware of the truth famously articulated by Andrew Breitbart: Politics is downstream from culture. Indeed, more alarming than the political polarization of the nation is its increasing cultural polarization. Red and Blue Americans live in different places, watch different shows, and increasingly adopt different manners and mores. We seem to be growing apart.

The Rock is one of the few culturally unifying figures in American life, and heís a culturally unifying figure with a message of gratitude and hard work that also happens to be culturally edifying. If he moves into the naturally polarizing world of politics, where heíll have to take positions on issues great and small, will he be forsaking a larger unifying role for the lesser polarizing path of public policy? At the risk of sounding corny:?At this time in American life, we need points of agreement, and right now tens of millions of Americans on both sides of the political divide agree on The Rock.

In Fate of the Furious, The Rock arguably tops his Furious 7 minigun scene. In the middle of a climactic chase on a field of Siberian ice, a nuclear submarine bursts from the depths and launches a torpedo straight at The Rock and his fleeing friends. As the torpedo surges past The Rockís vehicle, he leans out and physically alters its path with his bare hands. Yes, in his career, heís graduated from wrestling people to wrestling 6,000-pound Soviet-era munitions.

If The Rock steps down from film to promulgate regulations and appoint judges, who will take his place on the ice? Who will shoot down drones with stolen ambulances? For now, we want him behind that minigun. We need him wrestling torpedoes. The Rock is the right celebrity for our polarized time. The politics can wait.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articl...n-hero-we-need


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