Robert George, in a post below, is right. The death of Captain America does have some larger implications for the U.S. Conservatives such as Michael Medved have been grousing that the good Captain has turned anti-American since 9/11, showing insufficient ardor for the war on terrorism. I disagree.
Check out my op-ed “Captain America, RIP” in Friday’s Los Angeles Times, explaining why I think Captain America accurately reflects the country’s view of itself over the decades, from Nazi-buster to anguished patriot in the 1970s, from self-confident neoconservative hero in the 1980s to civil libertarian in the Bush years.
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