Bad news, America, and it may be a little hard to take: We've been abandoned.
One of America's icons is no longer fighting for "truth, justice and the American way."
That's right, Superman is now all about "truth, justice and all that stuff."
Simple semantics? Sure.
But it goes so much deeper than that.
The Hollywood Reporter touched on the issue in a recent issue, saying that the dialogue change was part of an effort to make Superman a more "international" hero.
Forget the fact that the Man of Steel has spent the last 70 years keeping America safe.
When it comes to the almighty dollar, none of that matters. In the world market, it seems, the "American way" just doesn't cut it anymore. It's an ideal that's stuck in the 1950s, one that doesn't fit in to the global community.
Admittedly, it doesn't surprise me. It's easy to compromise that which is often taken for granted.
Now, I'm not going to pipe in the patriotic music and say that I blindly agree with everything America does. I firmly believe that one of the cornerstones of our country is the ability to question what our elected leaders do.
At the same time, we have a responsibility to stand up for our nation, and the things that have made it the greatest in the world. Declaration of Independence signer Benjamin Franklin said it best: "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
This week, we marked the 230th anniversary of America. At Raysville Saturday night, it was the multi-colored glare of rockets over the lake. At Washington Heights Baptist Church, the community celebrated with music and games. And in homes across our area, families gathered for cook-outs, mini fireworks shows and other activities.
You know, "all that stuff."
I WASN'T ALONE at the Raysville fireworks. Miriam and I kidnapped our neighbor, Linda, and got her to spend the evening with us.
Linda's son, Wesley, is in Iraq, and we figured a night out would do her good.
Boy, did it.
Linda had a great time. We even stayed for 30 minutes or so after the fireworks show to listen to Backfire, who perennially perform at Raysville.
SPEAKING OF THE fireworks at Raysville, it was great to run into various folks I hadn't seen in a while.
There was Jason Jones, who has an apartment waiting on him in Jacksonville, and high hopes for his college football career with the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.
Jill Harper, one of my former Bulldog Bark alumni, is getting ready to head to Augusta Tech in hopes of following a career path into nursing.
And Tyler Wester can't wait to start playing football for the LaGrange College Panthers.
Good luck to all three and the rest of the local students getting ready for college. They'll need it.