The Legend of Superman
Perspective on the News
Friday, February 10, 2012
Jack Kinsella - Omega Letter Editor
Back in 1938, Action Comics #1 introduced a new superhero to the world when it featured for the first time, the Adventures of Superman. In those days, Superman didn't have all the powers and abilities that are attributed to him today.
In 1938, Superman was "faster than speeding bullet" but by the late 1950's he was able to travel faster than the speed of light, making him capable of time travel. In 1938 Superman was "more powerful than a locomotive." By the 1960's Superman was capable of moving a planet off its axis.
In 1938, Superman was able to "leap tall buildings at a single bound" but two decades later, he was able to defy gravity and fly at super-speeds across the Milky Way and beyond.
In 1939 Superman's body was so dense that it could not be harmed by anything short of an artillery shell.
It wasn't long before Superman's writers extended this remarkable ability until Superman could stand in the center of a nuclear explosion or could travel right through the center of the Sun without harm.
By the 1960's Superman was routinely flying across the galaxy to deflect incoming meteors from hitting earth, impervious to the cold and vacuum of outer space. By the 1980's Superman became so powerful it was necessary to rewrite his character to put limits on his powers.
Throughout all his incarnations, certain "facts" stayed constant: his alter-ego was Clark Kent, a mild-mannered reporter who worked for the Daily Planet, his boss was Perry White, his foster parents raised him in Illinois, and nobody ever noticed he looked just like Superman wearing glasses.
Since Superman is an alien from the Planet Krypton, writers can add or subtract any number of abilities and characteristics.
Superman's character and nature has invariably been rewritten to make him evil, kind, generous, heartless, gentle, violent, thoughtful, cruel, whatever the storyline calls for.
When you have a character as wild and unrestricted as Superman, you can make him anything you want. In recent editions, Superman has become the poster boy for political correctness.
In Action Comics #900, bitter at being seen as a tool of US foreign policy, Superman decides to renounce his American citizenship at the United Nations.
So, over the course of the past seventy years, Superman has gone through a number of metamorphoses, from hero to superhero, and from rigidly patriotic to flaming liberal, all without doing any serious damage to the Legend of Superman itself.
After all, when the character isn't real, then the legend can become whatever the most people are comfortable with. When the formerly earthbound Superman suddenly discovered the ability to fly, his fans eagerly embraced the idea.
Since Superman isn't real, but only a literary creation, one can make him whatever one wants him to be. There is no real Superman to compare him to.
"For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2 Corinthians 11:4)
Once again at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President Obama quoted the Bible to justify punishing success in the name of social engineering, trying to reconcile the teachings of Scripture with the teachings of Karl Marx.
According to the President's statements, his policy arguments stem from his interpretation of his Christian faith, which was shaped and molded, according to the President's earlier writings and public statements, by the Black Liberation Theology of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a dedicated Marxist with a well-documented hate for white America.
"I wake up each morning and I say a brief prayer, and I spend a little time in scripture and devotion. And from time to time, friends of mine, some of who are here today, friends like Joel Hunter or T.D. Jakes, will come by the Oval Office or they'll call on the phone or they'll send me a email, and we'll pray together, and they'll pray for me and my family, and for our country."
"But I don't stop there. I'd be remiss if I stopped there; if my values were limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends. So instead, I must try -- imperfectly, but I must try -- to make sure those values motivate me as one leader of this great nation."
So Obama is suddenly Joe Christian. He prays every day, and he has secret devotions with black TV preachers. And these TV preachers tell him that what Jesus would do is to;
"[make] sure that unscrupulous lenders aren't taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us . . . far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God's command to "love thy neighbor as thyself." I know the version of that Golden Rule is found in every major religion and every set of beliefs -- from Hinduism to Islam to Judaism to the writings of Plato."
So it isn't just "what would Jesus do?" -- Jesus would do what the Hindus, Muslims, Jews and Platonic philosophers would ALL do.
"But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus's teaching that "for unto whom much is given, much shall be required." It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who've been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others."
(So Jesus is not only a Marxist, He is a Muslim?)
Clearly, there is nothing in the Bible that supports government confiscating wealth from those that earned it in order to redistribute it to those that did not. Jesus said to "render unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar's, and unto God, the things that are God's."
When Obama is speaking of those to whom "much is given" the operative word here is "given". The government didn't give wealth to the wealthy. The poor didn't give wealth to the wealthy. If so, then it would be legitimate for government - or the poor - to expect something in return.
Heck, that is the way capitalism works. If I give you some money, I expect you to give me something in return. That's how I ended up with this computer I'm typing on. I gave money to the store, they gave me a computer.
Obama's agenda is to take much from those who worked for it and use it to buy votes from the recipients and label it Christian-inspired charity of the kind endorsed by Jesus.
This year the Left is going to run on a "Jesus" platform: Jesus would favor free contraceptives and federally-funded abortions because Jesus fought against poverty. Jesus would favor confiscatory taxes because Jesus had faith in government.
Jesus would favor gay rights because He wanted everybody to be happy. Jesus hated the rich. Jesus was a Democrat. Jesus supported social justice.
Watch how often Obama and his surrogates invoke Jesus over the next nine months and ask yourself why. But let me give you the answer in advance. They will do it because it works with their base.
Obama and his supporters have no problem with reinventing Jesus to fit their political agenda for the same reason that DC comics and their readers had no problem reinventing Superman to make him more interesting.
Superman isn't real, and so he can be whatever people want him to be. With Obama and his friends, the same principle applies with Jesus.
Their Jesus is another Jesus, their social gospel is another gospel. Their Jesus isn't doctrinal, He is legendary. They are free to reinvent Him as necessary.
"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Jesus can be whatever they need Him to be because as far as they are concerned, their Jesus is no more real than Superman.
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