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Captain America: Civil War, but I digress

Captain America: Civil War, but I digress


Jodie Fuller
Jody Fuller
By Jody Fuller

On Thursday, I went to see Captain America: Civil War, which is for all intents and purposes a new Avengers movie. Minus Hulk and Thor, it has them all, while introducing a couple of others to the mix. These aren’t spoilers. Most people know of Hulk or Thor’s absence in the movie and the new characters have been advertised. Anyway, it was a great movie. I’m a huge fan of superhero movies but not to the degree where consider myself a sci-fi nerd—not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I digress…

I loved the movie, the storyline, and the heroes. There is internal conflict among the Avengers, which leads to the “Civil War.” They all want the same thing: peace, liberty, and justice for all. They just see different ways of getting there. I think most Americans, regardless of political party, feel the same way, but there are a few knuckleheads who mess it up for everyone. But I digress…

The respective sides are led by Captain America and Ironman. Although I understand Team Ironman’s train of thought, I sided with Team Captain America from the start. I just have too much army in me. Captain Steve Rogers represents all that is good in the world, and by golly, he is due a promotion. He’s held the rank of captain since World War II. I was a captain for seven years, which is a bit too long, but that’s the National Guard for you—not that there’s anything wrong with that. But I digress…
Although there are no ships, in my humble and biased opinion, yes, biased opinion, Team Ironman is a lot like the navy. They fly around and have all their fancy gadgets, whereas Team Captain America is more of the ground and pound, boots on the ground kind of crowd, much like the army. On a side note, the U.S. Army has more boats than the U.S. Navy and more aircraft than the United States Air Force. We also have more knuckleheads, but I digress.

Captain America embodies the morals and values of days gone by. Sure, there were social ills that were still being worked out, but Cap represented all that was good in America and continues to do so today when those values are needed more than ever.
I often think I was born a few generations too late, as I have so much in common with the older folks. For example, I look forward to working in my garden each day. I sit at home at night and watch documentaries on Netflix. I eat yogurt, orange slices, and like to whittle. One day last week, I even admired a Buick from afar.

By now, my extensive Cool-whip bowl collections is known to many, but now I’ve started saving jars. I remove the label, wash them, and store them away for future use, which may or may not ever come. I’m only 43 years old. What the heck is wrong with me?

But I digress…

The main villain in the film says something along the lines of this: Empires that are defeated by enemies can rebuild, but empires that are defeated from within are doomed. Most of us with common sense want the same thing. We just see different avenues in getting there.
I wish we had someone like Cap running for president. What difference does it make? Well, that would no doubt make America great again!

Go Army. Beat Navy.

Jody Fuller is from Opelika. He is a comic, speaker, writer and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He is also a lifetime stutterer. He can be reached at jody@jodyfuller.com. For more information, please visit www.jodyfuller.com.