Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Superman's Vote: "Red" or "Blue"? More like "Yellow."

I don't know how this fell under the radar, that I'm only discovering it today, but I came across DC comic's mini-series Decisions in the store today. It's basically a story revolving around the DC heroes and the recent Presidential election, and the pressure on the heroes to reveal their vote.

From DC Comics:
Election season is upon us, and the stakes have never been higher! An unknown villain is attempting to assassinate the presidential candidates, and only the heroes of the DCU stand in the way. As Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Superman, Batman and more try to learn the killer's identity, they are faced with the difficult task of reconciling their own personal ideals with the mission at hand.
(Apparently the series was a dud, and Judd Winick is quoted as saying , "Frankly, we knew this mini-series was screwed from the moment we heard two words connected to this project.”)

Political issues aside, I had my own "issue" when I looked through issue #4 and went to the page where Superman is about to "reveal" his vote. What he "reveals" is that he does, in fact, have an opinion, but that he would NOT share it. This I can understand. But his full reasoning? Well, let's here is from the Man of Tomorrow himself:
It is my hope that the focus of this election will now return to the issues, and the cadidates who will address them. And with that, I do feel compelled to answer a question that has been posed to me. Who do I wish to see as the next President of the United States? I do have a choice. There is one among these four fine elected officials who I believe will best lead this nation. But it would be unconscionable of me to share that with you. As I feel it has been wrong for any of us who battle injustice, we so-called “heroes,” to allow our opinions to be known on this most important of occasions. To begin, whoever is elected to the highest office in the land to not think they that they will not have our full support. That our allegiances are stronger with defeated candidates. You understand, and have always understood, that our mission is to protect not only this nation but this world...and all the worlds beyond the stars. We answer to no one…therefore…we do not govern. We are heroes and we serve. The privilege of choosing who will lead you is, I believe, a sacred right. One that should forever remain unmolested. We don’t take sides. The battles we fight are larger than those on the political spectrum. It would pain me to think the President would believe that he or she couldn’t count on us, turn to us, or rely on us. But more important…most important, for us to involve ourselves in this election–in any election–betrays you whom we have dedicated ourselves to serve and protect. There is an unspoken covenant between you and us. You allow us to serve outside the laws of any land. Our actions are governed by no one. We are given no reward for our success or penalty for our failure. You choose. You decide. And we will always… protect.
And, as usual, what we have here is an example of "package-dealing." Superman has a choice, yet he honors an "unspoken covenant?" between "you and us?" You "allow us to serve?" "We are heroes and we serve." I'm glad to know that when our Constitution is rotting away, Superman refuses to "choose sides." But then again, this is what's to be expected from heroes in a culture of self-sacrifice.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: what is needed is a heroes' bill of rights.