superman-free-returns-866505Superman, the character created in 1938 whose deeds inspired generations of
young Americans, renounced his U.S. citizenship in 2011, for the 900th issue
of Action Comics. The fictional patriotic warrior for American values stated:
“Truth, justice, and the American way — it’s not enough anymore.”
Further: “I intend to speak before the United Nations and inform them that
I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship. I’m tired of having my actions
construed as instruments of U.S. policy.”

Superman is not alone: today, UN mandates seek to regulate individual free
speech and gun ownership rights — Agenda 21 pushes global regulation over
private property rights.

Also, global governance advocates assert international legal authority over
American national interests. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry ran for president
in 2004 promising “a global test” for U.S. foreign policy; running for
president in 2008, Barack Obama declared himself “a citizen of the
world.” The post-WWII bipartisan security consensus endorsed by Truman,
JFK, and “Scoop” Jackson has been replaced with a foreign policy that
rejects American exceptionalism and seeks to engage enemies and to lead from
behind.

Only two modern presidents, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, never wore the
uniform of the Armed Forces of the United States. Sixteen million Americans
served abroad in World War II, and millions more served on the home front.

The Boston Tea Party of 1773 challenged British rule and taxation without
representation, and established the American belief in individual rights,
limited government, and local control over our lives. The Civil War tax was
temporary and set at 3%, and the initial low federal income tax was not
constitutionally authorized until 1913 and applied to only the top 1% of the
citizenry.

Today, the Internal Revenue Code is 17,000 pages long, and mandates the
highest corporate tax rate among Western economies. Many Americans bear an
astonishing 50%- plus tax burden from federal and state income, estate,
social security, Medicare, workman’s compensation, real property, excise,
and fuel taxes, among many other assessments, duties fees, fines, and imposed
costs. And now, the Obamacare health care insurance mandates are justified by
the Supreme Court as a previously unconstitutional un-apportioned direct tax
on every American.

Federalism has collapsed under an unlimited Commerce Clause and an expanding
imperial judiciary. The U.S Constitution was ratified as the “supreme law
of the land” to be changed only by amendment, until progressives like
Woodrow Wilson asserted a living Constitution that evolves over time. Today,
Justice Ginsburg denigrates the U.S. Constitution, which she was sworn to
protect and defend. Judges now cite foreign law in their rulings, and
Georgetown University Law Center Professor Louis Seidman suggests Americans
should now disobey the “bondage” of a Constitution that President Obama
has called “fatally flawed.”

The American founding was rooted in Judeo-Christian civilization. Americans
knew the Hebrew Bible and were deeply rooted in Christian faith. Even as the
framers protected religious liberty, they overwhelmingly agreed with
President George Washington’s repeated assertions that “religion and
morality are the essential pillars of civil society.”

Today, polls reveal a growing minority of Americans are disaffiliated from
organized religion, with many claiming to be agnostic or atheistic. Citizens
take offense to religious voices in the public square, and litigate against
graduation prayers, Christmas holiday displays, the Pledge of Allegiance’s
“Under God,” and our currency’s “In God We Trust.”

Traditional legal norms of family, including limiting marriage to male-female
unions and restricting adoption to married couples, are collapsing. Waves of
immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th century were implored by President
Theodore Roosevelt to join together, as he deplored “hyphenated
Americanism.” Today, multiculturalists reject the positive assimilation
implied by e pluribus unum, and balkanize our society with racial
preferences.