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I look forward to seeing the perfect storm of wank calm and rational debate that will ensue in the comments, between competing factions of both superhero comics fans and public policy ideologues.

Superman supports health care and welfare!



From back in the day when Superman used his moral force to say we should do this because it's the right thing to do for our neighbors, never mind if it cost us some tax dollars.

Of course, today he'd be attacked for his position because, after all, he's an illegal immigrant.

And like so many other illegals, we just want him to clean up our messes and do the jobs we can't do for ourselves for non-existent pay, but that doesn't mean we have to acknowledge when he might have a point.

But I could be mistaken. Is there someone out there who can explain why Superman is wrong?

(Hat tip to Kevin H and Wesley Osam.)
This was originally posted online near the end of August, but I don't recall seeing it on this comm, so I thought I'd share it with you all.

Date: 2009-11-24 02:22 am (UTC)
halialkers: Raven in Blue hood, glowing white eyes, right hand with palm stretched upward (Default)
From: [personal profile] halialkers
Except those kids would be human, and hence would be of the same species. Superman is not..

Date: 2009-11-24 02:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sistermagpie
Yes, he's a non-human who nonetheless has all the characteristics that are unique to humans on our planet. I'm not sure why a kid with Superman's background--discovered in Kansas and adopted as an infant by a couple who are therefore his legal parents--would necessarily become not a US citizen when it was discovered he had strange, foreign DNA.

Date: 2009-11-24 02:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] galateus
Legal parents, not biological--the law is being born on US soil (jus soli) or to American parents (jus sanguinis) grants citizenship. Americans adopting a kid doesn't make them automatically a citizen--they still have to be naturalized.

Date: 2009-11-24 02:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sistermagpie
Thanks--I didn't know that. Though I guess when the Kent's found him they probably assumed he was American since that's where he was.

Date: 2009-11-24 02:54 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] galateus
Yeah, they definitely could've assumed that--but I think someone mentioned in another comment the Kents thought he and his rocket were part of a dastardly unethical USSR space-race experiment at the time.

Date: 2009-11-24 02:42 am (UTC)
halialkers: Raven in Blue hood, glowing white eyes, right hand with palm stretched upward (Default)
From: [personal profile] halialkers
I didn't know humans could fly and have heat vision and invulnerability and cool Arctic Fortresses. I guess I have to turn in my human card. >.>

You say this in a society where the One Drop Rule has been a very real aspect of our society and where, too, Blood Quantum remains still important for deciding Indian heritage and where until the mid-60s we had eugenics laws on the books?

Date: 2009-11-24 02:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sistermagpie
More that humans can talk etc. His consciousness rather than his physical strength or things like this.

It's not that I can't imagine him being rejected on the grounds that he's not human. And obviously yes, there's plenty of history for not allowing people citizenship even if they were human because they were the wrong kind of human. I just think Clark being the only one like himself they might have to think about it--especially since he'd have been living as a citizen for his whole life. I don't think his citizenship would be the priority if he was discovered. Given that he's Superman,I'd think the US would probably want to claim him as one of theirs.

Date: 2009-11-24 02:57 am (UTC)
halialkers: Raven in Blue hood, glowing white eyes, right hand with palm stretched upward (Default)
From: [personal profile] halialkers
It's arguable that humans are not the only species which can talk, vervet monkeys and some ceteaceans can do so.

A person who can single-handedly take over the entire USA. Yeah, that'd go over well.

Date: 2009-11-24 03:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sistermagpie
Humans are the only animals that have language. But yes, my reaction to a person who could take over the entire USA would be complete fear, myself. I'd think the fear would lead to "kill him" more than questions about his being a citizen. If he grew up as a Kansas farmboy and was Superman I'm not sure people wouldn't want him as a citizen of the country rather than want to possibly send him to another country resentful of the US. I'd imagine people might want to be very careful about how they used any patriotism he had.

Date: 2009-11-24 09:16 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I don't think there's anything on the books saying that you have to be human to be a citizen of a country - it's simply assumed, because we've never had a non-human claiming citizenship as far as we know.

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