Kevin Sorbo is more of an old-school Captain American guy.
Television’s Hercules made that clear on Fox Business Thursday.
As I covered yesterday, Marvel Comics recently had Cap wax on the American dream.
Via United States of Captain America Volume 1, he wasn’t full of compliments:
“Here’s the thing about a dream… A dream isn’t real. When we wake up, it goes away. And we’re left with this yearning inside. Like something was taken from us. At least, that’s one kind of dream. But lately, spending my days in this country, as the years march on by — I’m starting to think America actually has two dreams. And one lie.”
“The first American dream,” the superhero surmised, “is the one that isn’t real. It’s the one some people expect to just be handed to them, and then get angry when it disappears, when the truth is, it never really existed in the first place.”
He warned of nationalism and — it would appear — its inherent anti-immigration ugliness:
“This is the white picket fence fallacy that, if we’re not careful, becomes nationalism. Jingoism. That dream isn’t real. It never was. Because that dream doesn’t get along nicely with reality. Other cultures. Immigrants. The poor. The suffering. People easily come to be seen as ‘different’ or ‘un-American.’ The white picket fence becomes a gate to keep others out.”
Captain America lamented the “lie” and “empty promise.”
And there was this:
“A while back, we told the world they could come here for a better life. But too often, we turn our backs on them. Instead of a dream, they get handed a raw deal.”
How would actor Kevin — a hero as star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys — characterize it all?
He attributed the take to “new levels of insanity.”
Speaking to Varney & Co., Sorbo stood up for the nation:
“It’s obvious America is a great country.”
As for the dream:
“[A]merica is still a pretty darn good place to live and a pretty darn good place to come to pursue your dreams.”
The actor harkened to dreamer Walt Disney:
“Walt…said back in the 1950s…movies and television will influence our youth.”
Kevin’s not thrilled with the result:
“[L]ook at what’s going on in the streets across America today — especially in all the blue states and the blue cities. And all the anger and hate and violence going on out there.”
So what should someone do, if they indeed find America unacceptable?
As reported by Fox, Kevin’s got an idea:
“I think people that really think this is a horrible country really should go spend a year in other countries where they think their utopia is and find out what socialism and communism truly is all about.”
Call it a Herschel Walker kind of concept–
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The notion also reminds me of something I recently wrote — select citizens in America may deride “one-percenters,” but Americans are the one-percenters of the world.
Which American dream does that fulfill?
As Kevin pointed out, there are still plenty who dream of attaining it:
“If they knew it was going to be just as bad as where they were leaving, why do we have so many people in the world that still want to flock to this country?”
Kevin isn’t the only celebrity in disagreement with the new comic
Speaking to Fox Monday, Lois & Clark helmer Dean Cain put it thusly:
“I love the concept of Captain America, but I am so tired of this wokeness and anti-Americanism. … In my opinion, America is the greatest country in history. It’s not perfect. We are constantly striving for a more perfect union…but I believe she’s the most fair, equitable country ever, with more opportunity that anyone’s ever seen, and that’s why people are clamoring to get here from all over the globe.”
As for Kevin, he’s ready to fight alongside Superman:
“I agree with what Dean Cain said about this earlier.”
In a nutshell:
“We keep reaching new levels of insanity. … This is just another example of lies from the left.”
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