Recently I went back and read a number of books in Frank Miller’s catalogue. Afterward, in the light of the love-letter he sent to the Occupy Wall Street folks back in the Fall, I have come to the profound realization that Frank Miller is just an odd duck. I feel that he has every right to express his opinions, even if I whole-heartedly disagree with him. Taking an aggregate of his work, and his none-too-subtle opinions, I’ve come to understand that Miller’s personal philosophy revolves around the “Love America or eat lead” principle that Fox News has made it’s “fair and balanced” bread and butter. Again, the man has a right to express himself in whatever volatile, acerbic way he sees fit, and as readers, we have every right to ignore him. Holy Terror, which was frighteningly almost a Batman book, will likely go down as a dirty little secret many years from now, much like the racism in early Superman and Looney Tunes cartoons. Miller has called Holy Terror propaganda in the vein of works by John Locke. Given the disparate quality of the two men’s work, I’d say that that comparison was a big ‘ol swing and a miss. In our current world, a world where we receive more information in a single day than Charles Dickens was exposed to in a year, one can no longer represent an entire culture with the acts of a few evil men and get away with it. That’s precisely why Cap could punch out Hitler, but Batman cannot lay a finger on the boogey men of today. During WWII the Germans, Italians and the Japanese were presented as the evil Axis, and were punished, lock, stock, and barrel, by the American superheroes of the time and Good prevailed, but today we simply know better that the Iraqi citizens, the average joe in Afghanistan, and Molly Merchant in Iran do not deserve our scorn simply because their leaders and military are doing bad things. Just because you hold citizenship to whatever current country we as Americans aren’t supposed to like, doesn’t mean those citizens don’t abhor terrorism as much as we do. Hell, they probably hate it more. A terrorist attack in the middle east doesn’t get a memorial day to commemorate it, it’s usually just a Tuesday. The attacks on 9/11 were horrendous, but I would not call them unprovoked, as Miller as stated on his blog. Not that the average American citizen provoked the horror that reined down on us that day, but more-so due to the simple fact that the perpetrators of that atrocity saw us in the grand scope of “they are all the same” as we have been groomed into viewing many middle eastern countries. The “us versus them” mentality is very profitable to politicians during election years. In the end it is the average citizen who suffers. But isn’t it always.
(Disclaimer: If you don’t want to read another internet joker’s opinions about American politics, go ahead and skip the next paragraph)
My own view of American politics is that it is treated by politicians, and other so-called movers and career talkers, as nothing more significant than a spectator sport. A quarterback’s job is to facilitate the scoring of points for his team. Other than the sense of vicarious triumph that the people in the stands who happen to be fans of the team feel, this is primarily for his own self-preservation. Certain polititions are all about the freedom to do whatever they happen to say is right at the time. They want to de-regulate guns, trade, business, and insurance, but they want to tightly regulate Americans’ decisions to do the things that truly affect our daily lives. Those are not to be under our control, because God only knows what kind of trouble we’d get into then. It certainly would be much worse than being unceremoniously fired because our job was outsourced to Thailand, buying a gun, shooting ourselves, and then have an insurance company tell us that they can’t foot the bill due to a bullet in the head being a pre-existing condition (you know, pre-existent to our claim). So, when I watch a couple of political yahoos go at it, I can’t help but think of the trashiest episodes of The Real World. I will identify myself as apolitical until such a time that politics become more than just a bunch of rich people playing volleyball with regular people’s lives and then actually having to deal with the fallout of letting the ball hit the sand, as opposed to brushing their hands and saying, “It’s not that I missed the ball, it’s that the last guy messed up his serve.”
There, I’ve expressed my opinion, without referring to anyone I disagree with as “rapists”. I have many friends who disagree with me politically, and we get along just fine. I know that many big-name creators have gone after Frank Miller for his current string of intellectual salvos, so adding my voice to the din doesn’t equate to much. I guess all this rant adds up to is that I just gull-darn miss liking Frank Miller, but he’s just made it impossible to read his work if you disagree with his politics.