This year in America we watched a comic hero we never thought would die, and watch as our country is divided in real time in every form of media. Even when that type of media is the kind that talks to the child in all of us. “Marvel Comics” this Week destroyed an icon (issue 700 of Spider-Man comics) ended the life of Peter Parker as we know him, Marvel has always taken from the politics of our country to send messages. Involving the events of “Civil war comics” and “Dark Reign” and into Avengers vs X-man and now “Spider-Man.” Comic book fans watched how writers from “Marvel” destroyed and rebuilt their universe to mirror the one their Fans live in. With all that has Happen, the President stood fast and brought us back from the brink of a recession and financial implosion. After the events that happened on 911, the government still dealt with the failures of Bush and the republicans control of our country that still reached out to split the country in two.
This post was submitted by special ironic correspondent Avi Brand
“The newly elected Marvel Universe Barack Obama made one of the most infamous cabinet appointments of all time, choosing Norman Osborn (formerly the murderous and insane Green Goblin) as head of all global peacekeeping agencies, including the revered Avengers. This version of Barack Obama has literally handed the reins of world peace and safety over to one of the most evil men….”
If you go back and look a little closer, all the way back to the end of the “Clinton” era, you see that Marvel and its “Writers” are hard at work using the events of the day to shape comics book readers minds. The first major event was 911 and we all know the story of this tragedy. The Marvel universe puts it usual spin, you have a young adult mutant “Pyro” or in our world the “911 terrorist” as living weapons whose leaders are “Magneto” or “Osama bin Laden.” These leaders preached of war and the day they would overcome their enemies. The next thing you know, “Boom!” In classic comic book fashion we have a nation at war with “Mutants” while “Muslims” are the negative buzzword of the day on our earth. In Marvel and in the real world these groups are dehumanized by calling them Terrorists, Criminals, Monsters, and everything else.
“The US has released five video clips of Osama bin Laden that it says were taken from the Pakistani compound where the leader of al-Qaeda was killed last week in a raid. One shows him rehearsing a text statement and another has him watching news coverage of himself on TV. Al Jazeera’s Rosiland Jordan, reporting from the Pentagon on Saturday….”
The writers at marvel take the Bin Laden reports and his rhetoric and compare it to Magneto. This comes together in Marvels “M-Day” story arc, a pocket universe where everyone lives the dream of Magneto. Created by his daughters “Scarlet Witch” twisted mind, the world is a “Mutant” utopia. The Marvel writers scalped a world based on the reverse of our world and the comics world we know. Mutants become kings and humans’ slaves. In the end “Scarlet Witch” sees that even this world is not worth living and screams, “No more mutants!” In our world, the daily tape of extremist bring fear to people of the world after the death of millions and people in america scream, “No more terrorist!”
“Section 215 of the Patriot Act authorizes the government to obtain “any tangible thing” relevant to a terrorism investigation, even if there is no showing that the “thing” pertains to suspected terrorists or terrorist activities. This provision is contrary to traditional notions of search and seizure, which require the government to show reasonable suspicion or probable cause before undertaking an investigation that infringes upon a person’s privacy. Congress must ensure that things collected with this power have a meaningful nexus to suspected terrorist activity or it should be allowed to expire.”
“George W. Bush” former president smiled and calms the masses with speeches, along with finger pointing, while condemning all Muslim under the banner of fighting terrorism. War against all our enemies real, or in case of, “weapons of mass destruction,” imagined. The war on terror begins again just like his fathers war, “Desert storm.” The same time in marvel, we have “Tony Stark” a genius billionaire whose father built a company that he now runs. (I would never describe Bush as a genius but he was president for two terms. That takes some swagger!) George and Tony both created a bill that was passed through congress. The mutant registration act for one and the Patriot act secondly. This then began the “hands in the air” in the senate and in congress. “Wait I don’t support this war,” said a young senator named “Barack Hussein Obama.” His words go unheeded as do others, and “Captain America screams”, “this is not the America I fought for!”
“The Super-human Registration Act (SRA or sometimes SHRA) – was legislative bill which was passed into law, enforcing the mandatory registration of super-powered individuals with the government. Supporters and critics debated between the rights of the individual (to freedom of action and expression etc.) on one side versus the rights of society at large (to safety from danger or harm) on the other….”
Next up the fight for America Obama and the democrats vs John Mccain and the republican.