It’s a sad and fragile ideology so narrow that it has to take offense at every cultural change in every cultural document, nation- and indeed world-wide. But that’s where we are with conservatism today, when Superman’s decision to renounce U.S. citizenship, apparently, can provoke serious concern about Those Liberals. Why do they hate America so much?!?!
This is especially odd because it’s not clear that Superman “did” anything typically objectionable, by conservative standards. By the offending panel, he gave up his American citizenship so his actions, in defending freedom in Arab nations, couldn’t be imputed to the U.S. government, and used against them in a diplomatic forum. Isn’t this the neocon dream — like the rogue cop throwing his badge on the lieutenant’s desk, saying “I don’t need your f***ing rules,” and going out to fight drug crime as a vigilante? But writ large?
All that acknowledges about America and its role among the nations is that, as a part of a larger, civilized world, America sometimes can’t do what it would prefer, without facing consequences. This used to be a cornerstone of Republican diplomacy, and a typical underpinning of the elegant stewardship we expected from the Republican statesman of the past. Those days are gone.