Bill O’Reilly, the man who alerted us to “the War on Christmas,” discovers that Superman Returns dropped “the American way” from the Man of Steel’s motto. This, unsurprisingly, displeases Mr. O’Reilly, who sees it as indicative of something larger and more troubling:
It’s bad enough Superman was raised in the Midwest, we can’t have the hero actually stand for the American way now, can we? Some jihadist in Pakistan might throw popcorn at the screen.
You don’t need X-ray vision to know that things have changed drastically in America in the past five years. When Superman left to go visit the planet of this birthplace, the USA was not engaged in a terror war; the country was merrily drifting along hoping that rap music would follow Monica Lewinsky into obscurity.
But that was then. Now, America is a divided country. We are fighting a fierce war on terror overseas, and an intense culture war at home. No longer is the “American way” something to be proud of. Today, forces abroad and at home believe we are a deeply flawed nation that is a danger to the world.
O’Reilly then launches into something about “the rise of a well-funded and well-organized secular-progressive movement,” and loses my interest completely.