When I was a kid back in the 1950’s practically every TV show promoted a message of honesty and integrity. My young mind saw good triumph over evil in most of the television shows and movies we watched. I grew up with the notion that we as Americans should emulate these goals in our daily lives. My older brother Gene, felt the same way. We should be good citizens of America and do what was right no matter the cost. In the 21st century none of these values can be seen on TV.
There was one TV show in particular that made me want to defend our American way of life. Believe it or not, “Superman” summed up how I felt about America. At the end of the program (after catching the bad guys) Superman would stand in front of the American Flag, and say “Truth, Justice and the American Way!”
I wanted to be just like Superman and do what I could to defend America from the bad guys. I didn’t want to see our constitution trampled. I didn’t like hiding under my desk at school during atomic bomb drills if Russia and the communists decided to blow us up. I was afraid of Sputnik in outer space and Kruschev running the Soviet Union. Ronald Reagan was right to call them the “evil empire.” But the atomic bombs we worried about never happened. Instead, Reagan’s worst fears were realized. America was invaded from within. Victoria Jackson’s song “We have a communist living in the White House” makes the point.
We need to be like superman and get the “bad guys” out of Washington. I like Rick Perry. He may not have all the powers that Superman has but I know he stands for “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” Let’s all work together and fight the good fight to defend this great country from the enemies that seek to destroy it.