By Carter Glace, Staff Writer
My fellow Americans, this year you face one of the most difficult decisions a person can face in a democracy. One that will permanently alter the course of our nation. One that not only defines you as a person, but what you think America should become.
I am, of course, talking about the choice between Team Captain America and Team Iron Man this May 6th.
While there are countless people who wish their heroes would rather have their heroes make peace, this Civil War is unavoidable. The winner will decide the fate of the Sakovia Accords, and with it the fate of every superhuman on the planet. It is our patriotic duty to make the difficult choice between two of our country’s most iconic heroes, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark.
But as difficult as this choice can be, the best path for America rests on the shoulders of Captain America.
No other hero has the experience with battling sinister forces than the Captain. He’s witnessed the rise of Hydra and the Nazis as well as discovered rampant corruption in SHIELD. If there’s ever been a hero who can detect evil, it is Steve Rogers. If he shows hesitation in trusting the UN’s legislation, then there is no doubt a justifiable reason to be skeptical.
And that’s to say nothing of his experience leading the various iterations of the Avengers. No one has more experience guiding, supervising, and understanding super humans than the star Spangled Man. Under his supervision, potentially global catastrophes in New York, Washington and Sakovia have been averted, all while focusing efforts on protecting civilian life. In total, all three events resulted in 177 deaths, each one a tragedy in itself, but I shudder to think of how high that number would have climbed if the Avengers were not led by a hero committed to saving lives above all else.
And that’s before we get to the controversial legislation itself: The Sakovia Accords. These guidelines would force all superhumans to register their identities with the United Nations, making the Avengers subservient to the organization. While supporters argue that this is necessary to ensure our safety, the exact opposite is true. Tying the super-group down in diplomacy and international negotiation could put potentially thousands of lives in danger if a natural disaster should occur, necessitating immediate action. And if the UN were to be infiltrated by Hydra or other villainous organizations like SHIELD was? You would potentially be compromising the identities and families of every superhero on the planet.
In our rush to demonize them, we forget that before they were super humans, they were humans like us. As a citizen of New York, I have a great deal of respect to the growing superhuman community that has watched over the city following the Battle of New York. If these policies were to be enacted, what would happen to The Devil in Hell’s Kitchen? Or Alias Investigations? Or the Spider-Person? Losing that community would result in a massive vacuum that would inevitably be filled with crime. By enacting laws that restrict their ability to use their powers, we are being discriminatory, punishing people who merely had the audacity to be special.
And while we should try our best to keep our campaigns smear free, I must raise the question of whether or not we can trust Tony Stark’s decision making. Remember, the Sakovia Incident was the result of his efforts to create a Global “Peacekeeping” program. His vision of a centralized force nearly destroyed the entire planet. And when tasked with pacifying the Hulk, he terrorized Johannesburg. When it comes to world peace, Stark is not the most reliable source. And wasn’t less than 6 years ago that The Iron Man stood before a Congressional Hearing and boasted how him working independently was beneficial to the world? That’s a suspicious flip-flop.
And that’s before we get to the somewhat elitist supporters he has on his side. There are no princes or robotic deities or military leaders on Team Cap, merely common women and men who wish to keep their freedoms.
As Steve Rogers once said: “The price of freedom is high, but it is a price I’m willing to pay.” While there are no doubt fallbacks to the growing population of super humans, trying to legislate them out of existence is discriminatory, troubling and would lead to even more global catastrophes. Captain America is said to be the world’s first superhero, and if we are to feel say as a nation and a globe, we must stand behind his shield.
[This is intended as vaguely comedic. But given that our real elections have descended into cartoon characters, is it really that far off?]