Do Americans want a Hero?

When I was growing up, The Lone Ranger, Superman and Robin Hood were all on television. Daily doses of heroism and the good guy doing the right thing. Everyone know who was good and who was bad, and ultimately who would win in the end.

The lone Ranger traveled across the west to ensure justice was meted out in the wilds of the American frontier.

Superman fought for “Truth, Justice and the American way”.

Robin Hood fought for the oppressed and poor people.

All the kids wanted to be just like them, doing the right thing, to help the poor and those who could not help themselves.

Even the Scouting program shared the same ideals. “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

On MY Honor, a value that was shared by many, a personal stake in my value as a person to myself. Do my BEST, trying but not always succeeding, but the effort was worth the personal pride in a job well done. My DUTY, my responsibility to myself and to God and my country, a standard of personal Honor.” It concludes with a promise to help others and a moral commitment to myself.

A man's word meant something, to himself if not to others, it was a matter of personal pride. His word was more binding than a legal contract. It was a Christian value as well as an American Value.

Have we as a nation lost this value?

“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” —C.S. Lewis – from the “Abolition of Man” 1943.

Who are the Idols and Heroes of today's society?

Gangsters, drug users, Hip-Hop artists, social media personalities, movie stars, and sports players. Every kid wants to grow up to be just like them. Self centered egotists who have lots of money and no regard for others. If they haven't been to jail, they have no credibility. They make millions for themselves and they think they have it all figured out. They have lawyers and media consultants to make sure their word has no meaning or value, and that they can not be held accountable for their actions and words.

The Modern day hero is the Joker from Batman, now the guy who fought evil is evil himself, and the murderous madman is a misunderstood victim of society's cruel bullying.

NOT MY FAULT! They are picking on me.

Superman turned against all he stood for and became a “Social Justice Warrior” abandoning all the good in American Society to embrace the fallacy of socialism as a “Citizen of the world”.

NOT MY FAULT! The world is Racist!

Thor the god of thunder became a politicly correct woman, I am waiting for Wonder Woman to become transgendered and Wonder Man.

NOT MY FAULT! The world hates nonbinary people.

We no longer look to heroes we want to emulate, but to the oppressor who is holding us down. We want a scapegoat to blame our failures on. We lack the willingness to make a sacrifice to succeed, it is easier to blame someone else for our faults. Yet we are the ones holding ourselves back, we are the ones to blame for our failures. As long as we are willing to blame someone else we will never make the effort to strive to achieve something better; why should we “The Man is holding us back”. The man holding you back is the one in the mirror.

“We have met the enemy and he is us!” -Walt Kelly -Pogo Possum.

God Bless.

Just my thoughts for today.

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Comment by Patricia Gillenwater on April 14, 2020 at 6:08pm

Always a good day when Hugh checks in. Great commentary Suzie, thank you.

I have been making tons of calls 5 days a week for a candidate and a friend who for the primary represents my hero for selfless effort to go to the swamp of Congress and make his best effort to keep us free, uphold this republic's constitution and our rights enshrined within the bill of rights.

Today's calls were rewarding and I felt in my small way that I was making a difference. Not all days of calling was as rewarding Fridays calls was depressing for the most part -- had to shake that off and start anew on Monday.

No hero am I for phone banking duty while stuck in my home just seemed the right opportunity to remain engaged.

Phone banking is an eye opening experience.

Comment by Hugh Akston on April 12, 2020 at 9:13pm

Thank you Suzie. 
I have not watched television after I retired from the tv station. 
I think I am better off without it. 

Sometimes I still need to get something out. 
This is just one more. 

Comment by Suzie Nielsen on April 12, 2020 at 3:47pm

Hugh, 

So wonderful to hear from you... and as usual, your article is right on target... Not my fault I was raised by socialist morons...  

The sense of entitlement and being wrapped up in bubblewrap have done so much damage...

 

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