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Post By
Ol' Skinflint

In Reply To
Shield Slinger

Subj: "Captain America is no longer relevant"
Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 07:29:58 am EST
Reply Subj: Re: Cap Dead? what is the world coming too?
Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2007 at 12:53:40 pm EST

Many are saying that Cap's death is because he is no longer relevant. I hope this storyline proves this wrong. In fact, seeing how many people are saying - as they've saying for awhile now - that Cap is out of step with the times, I think that Cap's death is a good thing.

As Cap's co-creator said, we need Cap more than ever.

The assumption that Cap is out of step with the times is rooted in two very ignorant assumptions. The first is that the 1930s-1940s was more "black-and-white" as opposed to the our times, which is replete with shades of grey. While there is a little truth to this, it is only a little. Moreover, those who actually fought in WWII, they were only too familiar with moral ambiguities and difficulties in a way that civilians were not. Also, the greatest generation was not so far from the roaring 20s that they were unfamiliar with "shades of grey."

The second faulty assumption is that our culture is all shades of grey. Again, there is some truth to this. But even yesterday I was reading the story of a courageous soldier who sacrificed his life saving others by fighting dozens of al qaeda terrorists flowing out of basements. His body was found booby-trapped, beaten, and shot execution style. Or, for another example, the soldiers interviewed on NBC Nightly News this week, who sign up for multiple tours of duty - which they don't have to - because the Iraqi people want them to stay and help stabilize their area. Or even at home, the thousands of people who police or streets, go into burning buildings, run charities, or even just coach little leauge.

Or how about the economic backbone of our country, small business entrepreneurs find a world of risk (and tax and regulation), employ others, pay themselves last, and if they are successful, a surprising number of hands reaching into their pockets; yet they take on the risk, and usually have a number of failed businesses and years of slavish work with little reward before success - if any.

Of course, these folks do not often make the talking-head shows, or seek popularity on "My Space" and "You tube." But their numbers are legion, and we depend on them every day. And the good they do is black-and-white, if not glamorous.

The heroic spirit of courage and sacrifice the Captain America symbolizes is not out of step with our times. If it takes his death to make the point, then so be it.

Ol' Skinflint

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