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Do you remember the days when we had heroes like Superman, who were strong, powerful, unique, and inspiring? I didn’t read comic books, but I fell in love with Superman/Clark Kent from the first TV show, Adventures of Superman. The dates of the show are in dispute, but the dates 1952-1958 are generally accepted. And since I only remember the black and white shows, I may very well have seen re-runs.
Although I’d love to reminisce more about the show, I am feeling a certain poignancy about the words in the opening introduction: Truth, Justice, and the American Way. Even as a child, something stirred in me hearing these patriotic words said with enthusiasm and pride. I don’t even know if I knew what those words meant, as young as I was, but hearing them planted a seed in my psyche that I can embrace today, yet feel sadness for how their meaning is being lost.
When I think of the abuse of the word Truth, I think of the rhetoric of the Left, which sees little value in speaking the Truth. They’ve determined that their “truth” is the only one that is relevant. They will lie, distort stories, misrepresent information in order to meet their goals. Abusing the truth is acceptable, as long as one is fighting for a higher purpose than truth—however and whenever they determine that higher purpose.
The word Justice has also been co-opted by the political Left. Instead of seeking traditional morality and fairness through a mutually accepted process, the Left has determined that “social justice” is the only goal that matters. Any group that they determine has been mistreated, overlooked, underserved, or unfairly treated according to their standards has been deprived of social justice. And every effort must be made, including the full force of the government, the corporate sector, and the educational institutions to convert our society into a cog in their social justice machine.
And finally, the American Way. What does that term even mean anymore? To me, it describes a life of honoring and respecting the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. It celebrates family, community, the rule of law, and the sacredness of life in all its manifestations. It embraces tradition, without demanding that every person has to practice tradition in the same way. It balances the needs of the individual with the needs of the community and freedom with respectful actions and behaviors.
Once, Truth, Justice, and the American Way were understood, loved, and practiced with integrity and commitment.
My hope is that enough of us have this tenet reverberating in our memories and filling our hearts to help move this country forward in productive and honorable ways.Published in