The year: 2011
The crisis: global in scale
The solution: there is none.
In a world where one man has always stood as the shining beacon of hope for the people of the United States, night has fallen. As the shadows of Jihad grow ever closer, the protector of the innocent, the defender of the righteous, the one and only Man of Steel, Superman, has renounced his U.S. citizenship.
In a shocking move, the Man of Steel that we have all grown to know and love over the years as one of the mainstay American Heroes has blasted the United States government for their insular approach to global politics and economy.
“Truth, justice and the American way’ — it’s not enough anymore,” he says. “The world’s too small, too connected.”
This news comes after Superman was accused of causing an international incident by ignoring the advice of U.S. politicians and instead flying to Tehran in the middle of what was yet another massive protest against the U.S. policy.
Standing alone and somber for 24 hours to prove his point, silently bearing the taunts and jeers of many in the crowd, as well as gasoline bombs and other elements harmful to humans, his vigil was not without hope; he also was cheered by many supporters in the crowd of over one million people, eventually helping to end the protest peacefully without a single shot fired.
Superman is not the first to convey such emotions against the United States government. Others, such as Brad and Tori from Springfield, Illinois, have given the following reasons for their choices of leaving the U.S. behind:
“To sum up all the reasons for us making the move in one we’d have to say that it’s all to do with the economy at home right now. As a family we’ve been personally impacted by job loss, debt, lack of finance and the threat of foreclosure…and if you look at it and break it right down, as we have been forced to do, it is because of the state of the economy in America right now.”
Meanwhile, a man named Cam, initially from Washington but making the decision to transition to South Africa, echoes Superman’s own sentiments:
“I wish I’d made the move years ago – I falsely believed that my work, my family and friends were all enough to keep me from going stir crazy at the state of the nation, but to be honest, it’s just got too much in America now.
Everyone talks about it being down to post 9/11 reactions and changes – but in my opinion it was getting bad way before then. And if you believe the conspiracy theorists, the US administration knew plenty about that before it happened anyway and they just use it as an excuse to push through illegal bullying legislation.
The Patriot Act has me, as an expatriate, labeled the same way as terrorists and money launderers – yet the good old IRS still wants to tax any income I make to support myself even though I’m making it overseas. I take nothing and give everything when it comes to my so-called ‘home country’ and in truth, I hate it.
I’d never met anyone who’d gone down the path of renunciation before I moved here – sure I’d thought about it, but only along the lines of ‘wouldn’t it be good if I could just change everything – permanently!’ But now I know much more about it, it’s something I would seriously consider doing.
I’m a newbie abroad though, and I’ve been warned that I may feel homesick sometime soon – right now I love the freedom I’ve got and the way people live here, so I find it really hard to imagine that I’m going to want to move back to the States…but hey, I’ll give it some time and some more thought and then maybe, why not? After all, there is nothing great about having US citizenship anymore as far as I am concerned anyway.”
The long and short of it is that it is no longer just the little guys who are fed up with the way they are being treated. As the Western world slumps further and further into shadow, even the one-time heroes and defenders of the once-great nation are choosing to go their own way rather than be burdened by a self-serving empire that only seeks to promote its own growth at the cost of everyone else.