While it might seem odd to comment on a movie before it comes out, I can’t contain myself with Iron Man 2. John Nolte has forced my hand:

Though the highly anticipated “Iron Man 2” qualifies as a hilarious, entertaining, irreverent, and openly patriotic summer blockbuster well worth the price of admission (and then some), like most sequels, the continuing story of Tony Stark and company does falls short of its predecessor…

Hilarious: Check. Entertaining: Check. Patriotic: Check.

That’s all I needed, John. Thanks. And now I’d like to take a moment to

Iron Man is America. Liberals refuse to accept how cool that is. Their loss.

describe why Iron Man is such a great character (despite the best efforts of liberal writers to ruin him with sad attempts at Bush/Cheney warmonger allegories)

The same thing that makes Iron Man great is the same thing that makes America the most Kick Ass country the world has ever seen. The Christian elements of our nation’s founding guarantee that the innate creativity of man is encouraged to blossom. God gave each of us gifts, and wants us to take full advantage of them.  Capitalism, Science, and The Rule of Law fused in America to produce a system that churns out ideas and innovation and entrepreneurs at an astounding rate—when the government gets out of the way.  The spirit of  America is embodied in the character of Tony Stark: He’s big. He’s bold. He shoots for the stars, and he’s unapologetic about his accomplishments.

However, like America, Tony Stark has his flaws. His same strengths can, at times, cause him to lose sight of himself.  Success can be a double-edged sword (or, ummm…malfunctioning repulsor ray?), but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s still inherently a hero. And that’s exactly where so many movies written by liberal Hollywood self-loathers get it wrong. They’re so concerned about offending France’s cheese eating elitist lecture circuit and the sensitivities of cultures that won’t even play Western movies, that their heroes come across as weak-kneed nincompoops. When you stand for everything you stand for nothing. And that makes for a horrible superhero movie.

Stan Lee, a living legend most non-comic fans have heard of, once said something to the effect: I wanted to take a character that was almost impossible to like and make him popular.

To a liberal like Lee (creative genius he may be) the idea that an entrepreneur like Tony Stark would be a hard sell is, quite frankly, politically tone deaf.  As much as liberals like to bash successful businessmen, the American people want to be them. As I said before, most people know that they have God-given talents and seek ways to cultivate them for the benefit of themselves and their family. Work is a virtue. Work is a gift. Giving to other people through our creative efforts is a satisfying and just endeavor, and profiting off of those efforts is equally as righteous. And that is something that liberals, for whatever reason, just don’t seem to understand.

This week I will see Iron Man 2. And I will most-likely enjoy it. And even if I don’t, I can take heart that a character who personifies American ingenuity gets to step into the limelight yet again.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go listen to that out.freakin’.standing. crooner Robert Downy Jr. And then watch…Lego Star Wars awesomeness. I suggest you take part too. You’ll thank me later.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

4 comments

  1. That’s right, and Iron Man is definitely not Batman. Iron Man beats down the bad guys and enjoys it. And then there is HIT GIRL from the movie Kick Ass….she is my new American hero and is the ultimate warrior.
    PS: I have a man-crush on RDJr, the dude is awesome. Check out the movie “Restoration”, an absolute masterpiece.

  2. Is this a true vocalist or an actor pretending he can sing? Apparently, you’re unable to tell the difference.
    You must be tone-deaf, period. Stan Lee, YES, this clown, puhleese!

    Liberals have far more to contribute than you’ve ever dreamt of in your philosophy. Try listening, instead of talking, at every occasion.

    Never equated American values with cartoon characters. How old are you? You’re sounding like an IT brat who knows better and is attempting an escape.

    Nothing personal here Doug, just someone questioning intelligent, thoughtful remarks which appear biased and unfounded, those being yours.

  3. Dave, why are you so bitter? I said that “everyone has God-given talents” and you apparently think “liberals have far more to contribute…” which is probably why you think a small group of elites (i.e., liberals) can “plan” economies.

    Thanks for the ad hominem attacks, but I think deep down you know that in order to reach the everyday person you need to make connections to their lives and the things they relate to (e.g., movies, stories, tv). I won’t waste time giving you my academic credentials. They’re solid. Google me a little more and you’ll find out I’m not some “IT brat.”

    Stick to the attacks, Dave. It says a lot more about you than it does about me. Cheers.

  4. “Try listening, instead of talking, at every occasion.” Dave, it’s a blog. What’s with all the attacks?

    I’ve never read Iron Man. Perhaps I should.

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