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Jack L. Key

The Superman Syndrome: Even the Man of Steel Has Trouble Surviving Today
By Jack L. Key
Mar 18, 2008 - 10:17:13 PM

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Modern day stories of horrible everyday products we use that will kill us, constant recalls of everything from toys to bad food to autos, and the new threats of population wipe-outs by global warming and a nuclear armed Iran threaten us on a daily basis. Rising seas, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, melting ice caps and brain-eating amoebae that lie in our lakes and swimming pools are just some of the perils of the 21st century that bombard us.

Our health is tended to like never before, there are shots and vaccinations for everything from runny nose to typhus epidemics, and we reattach severed limbs with ease. For many, stem cells have replaced religion as potential sources of everlasting life. Except, of course, for the Rev. Wright and Barack Obama, for whom hatred of America, not stem cells, has replaced their religious fantasies altogether. In his March 18th speech in Philadelphia Obama claimed to speak for both blacks and whites because he's half and half, and he refused to condemn his pastor's racial hate screams from the pulpit, blaming it on "black anger."

Hurricanes destroy cities like New Orleans that have existed for hundreds of years, and tsunamis level whole countries in Asia. Men go to the moon and back, but we can't stop our history from being rewritten by TV producers, newspaper reporters, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Ivy League academics and PBS "historians". Even some politicians try to influence others in public bathrooms with cheap shoe tricks and stall wall tapping, while others were long-time (client 9) members of the Emperor's Club before being nabbed and forced to resign.

One has to be a Superman to have survived all that and made it to here.

I've lived through 12 presidents, and just might see the magic 13 next year. I was born before 1940, TV, contact lenses, Frisbees and THE PILL. Pizza, men with earrings, Macdonalds and instant coffee were unheard of. Gas was 15 cents a gallon, and you could make a phone call, buy a Pepsi or postage stamp for a nickel. It also took a boy and girl in the Ford's rumble seat to make a baby--not in a test tube--and it was much more fun.

My God, I am old--and somehow invulnerable.

I came through World War II on the home front unscathed. But when it ended I was 9 years old and delivering newspapers, collecting scrap metal and weeding Victory Gardens. I remember how scared we all were after Pearl Harbor, and the many sacrifices of our military men as well. Ditto with Korea when I was in high school. I even played football in the early '50's without a facemask--and with black high topper cleats and plain blue and white jerseys. Just like Johnny U.!

In 1953 Marilyn Monroe's Nude Calendar surfaced for the first time, and everyone discovered hot blondes and bombshells. Sir Edmund Hillary (no relation to Mrs.C.) climbed Mt. Everest also for the first time that year and we also suffered our first (of several) global warming scares. Sir Edmund said the ice and snow was melting at the summit 29,000+ feet up when he arrived there. Marilyn later denied everything.

Was Al Gore even born then?

After surviving 27 missions in the U.S. Navy flying patrol aircraft during the Cold War searching for Soviet subs, I also survived the myths, mayhem and murders of the 1960's. Which in turn spawned the myths, mayhem and murders of today. Vietnam showed us never to trust politicians to run a war. President Lyndon Johnson and democratic politicians of the '60's and '70's gave us 58,000 military deaths in 9 years in a smelly and worthless little country about the size of a cattle ranch in Texas and exposed a whole generation for what we had become.

Where did you go, Joe DiMaggio?

To sum up, I was a child before lead paint became outlawed, baby cribs were sturdy, made of wood (in the USA) and baby formula was mother's milk. I survived grade school without busing, high school without sex-starved teachers hitting on me, college without grass or smack or coke addiction and a later divorce without descending into abstract poverty.

The socialism introduced by FDR in 1934 ended the great depression, but his infrastructure projects like TVA and his ponzi scheme of social security has come back to haunt us all (see Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi and their own potent socialist schemes). Barack Hussein Obama and Pastor Rev. Wright's racial slamming and scamming is child's play compared to the killing and burning of the race wars of the 1960's we all endured.

Military and political mistakes made in Korea and Vietnam are now being repeated in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our second Pearl Harbor, better known as 9/11, has gone unavenged. President Bush has tried. But Eisenhower, McArthur, Patton, Bradley, Nimitz and Halsey, and most other heroes of WWII are all dead now.

Say it ain't so, Joe?

Reid, Pelosi, Murtha, Feingold, Clinton, Obama and the democratic Congress as a whole lack the intestinal fortitude, sense of outrage, leadership and determination to avenge the horrors of 2001. Instead they attack the republicans and the troops, harass the President for "Mr. Bush's War" and blame the CIA instead of Osama Bin Laden and his Muslim cronies for the 3,000 innocent American murders in 3 separate attacks that day. Where is our "greatest generation" of today hiding?

Smoking tobacco publicly was outlawed in my state of Tennessee effective last year, and Gov. Arnold S. has previously approved smoking Pot for "medicinal use" in California. Liberal idiots in Berkeley want to throw out the marine recruiters and the city leaders said okay. The Iranian loose cannon leader made a fool of Columbia U. and the U.N. recently but Howard Dean indicated it was Bush's fault. blamed it on Gen. Petraeus, however.

Columbia U's professors have gone crying and kowtowing to Iran, blaming their bad grass for their bad manners when Iran's president made his recent trip to the campus. Hopefully the Iranians will hold them all for ransom anyway.

Are we in Pleasantville yet?

We're told the sky is too crowded, we're running out of fossil fuels, corn won't work and nuclear won't pass muster. Add to that the freeways are too narrow to handle the traffic on just 12 lanes, air conditioning is kaput due to stealing of the copper pipe for meth money, and the atmosphere is filled with deadly carbon monoxide. And now we're told to elect a socialist white woman or a socialist black man for president?

Not even a man of steel can overcome all this and survive.

Superman who? When's the next rocket back to Krypton?

Jack L. Key is a retired health care professional, a U.S. Navy aviation veteran, author of Gideon's Trumpet, a new, novel of peace and war in the 20th century, and a writer for both print and electronic media. He may be reached at

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