plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth

anonymous asked:

I read your Winter Soldier analysis, and I have a question : you say that "There’s a reason his code name is drawn from an investigation into one of the ugliest chapters of American history." Please help a non-American understand what you meant? I mean I obviously see the Cold War reference in the movie, but from what you've written it seems like something more subtle *within* the Cold War... shit, I mean just "Cold War" seems too evident and I can't find the deeper meaning?

Oh gosh, don’t feel bad, there are plenty of Americans who have never even heard of this.

The Winter Soldier Investigation was a 1971 veteran-organized media event intended to draw attention to the war crimes that had taken place in Vietnam. Directly inspired by the exposure of the My Lai Massacre (the mass murder of over five hundred unarmed civilians by American troops) in 1969, Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW) brought together discharged servicemen from every branch of the military to discuss the atrocities they had seen and committed during their time in the war. They hoped bring these tragedies before the public eye, and to prove that American military policies led directly to the death and torment of civilians. Eventually a transcript from this conference made its way before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during the Fullbright Hearings.  

When Ed Brubaker, the author who wrote the original Winter Soldier arc, chose the name, he wanted something that would call up both cold Siberian winters and the atrocities of war. This fit the bill.

But the term itself, the idea of “winter soldiers”, was coined by VVAW as a response to the writings of Thomas Paine, who described the men who deserted at Valley Forge during the American Revolution:

These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country, but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.

A winter soldier is someone who will warm their hands over a meager fire and weather the cold. Someone who refuses to abandon their country and its potential, no matter what the personal cost.

So how’s that for a weird little twist? According to Thomas Paine—activist, political philosopher, and revolutionary—the real winter soldier is Captain America.

Captain America: Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, you move." 

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Prompt:

Steve Rogers + Ferguson/any police brutality

Go.

I was texting a friend about how I miss lil’ hotheaded Steve, how he’s not really like that any more because war/PTSD/what is the future/dead best friend tried to kill him (and EVEN WORSE, HE DOESN’T REMEMBER HIM because that’s def the worst part I mean what’s a little attempted murder between friends right)

But, at some point, lil’ 90lb Steve “I don’t like bullies” Rogers is gonna make a reappearance, only tall and beefy and a national icon, and I am all over that.

He’s not gonna get beat up in alleys anymore, but there will still be Consequences, because tabloids, and also getting arrested for nonviolent protests/assisting nonviolent protestors/physically getting in between state-sanctioned bullies and their would-be victims.

I read a great couple fics, sort of a diptych, on this general theme (Steve + Occupy movement), but I want more, there can never be enough of this.

Also >9000 bonus points if:

- Mjolnir makes an appearance, because I never get tired of the whole “Steve can lift Mjolnir!” thing, especially ESPECIALLY pre-serum/de-powered Steve, although this would be difficult to incorporate gracefully with the other ideas

- Sam rolls his eyes and sighs long-sufferingly

- Fox News, formerly all up on that Captain America train, throws some shade/casts aspersions/attempts to undermine Cap’s Pure and Good reputation/after failing to dig up any real dirt on him, heavily implies various scandals or whatever …OR HEY, THEY GO NUTS WITH “THE WINTER SOLDIER CONNECTION” AND MAKE ALL SORTS OF CLAIMS ABOUT CAP BEING A SECRET NAZI/COMMUNIST/DOUBLE AGENT/TRAITOR/etc

- really anything with Fox News honestly

- Tony either a. refuses to bail Steve out or b. bails him out (against Steve’s wishes) and tries to hold it over his head forever (with predictably underwhelming results)

- there is an awkward conversation between Steve and Pepper, because Tony definitely does not feel bad about being rich, but Pepper has, like, a conscience that extends beyond “protect the people you love” / “I only care about injustices that I have concrete experience with like terrorists who wanted my weapons and kidnapped me in order to obtain them”

- Natasha is highly entertained

- Rhodey and Sam watch this shitshow go down on the news

- preferably with no prior warning

- on a tv at a bar where they met to drink and commiserate about all the crazies they’re friends with/pretend they don’t know any crazies and avoid the subject entirely until whoops, there it is

- and they actually don’t notice it at first because they’re staring down into their drinks as if the beer will explain their poor life choices to them

- awesome/terrible splash photos of Cap looking resentful/defiant/noble (how? how can you look all of those things at once?) on tabloids at the grocery store

- Bucky is in there somehow

- Bucky, who Steve is taking a break from looking for because there are no leads because hello super assassin deep cover skills (which is maybe why the shenanigans leading to Steve’s arrest happen - he’s going a little nuts, bottling up a lot of frustration and worry, etc), blows up the wall of Steve’s holding cell before Tony or anyone can post bail (or while Tony is posting bail? for added irony/frustration/lols) and busts Steve out

- obv this is Fox News gold

- since this is all pretty much the perfect storm of “NEITHER THE TIME NOR THE PLACE GUYS” it seems narratively appropriate for there to be something along the lines of Heartfelt Confessions of Undying Devotion (whether romantic or not - I mean, Bucky’s still a little, uh, not himself I guess, and like, 40s era internalized homophobia, lack of/mis- communication, etc etc etc, you’ve heard it before, there are many applicable tropes - but anyway there’s clearly going to be some “with you ‘til the end of the line” esque melodromatic/probably cringe-worthy to bystanders (aka Sam and Rhodey glued to the bar’s tv) in its overwrought-ness/still totally amazing bullshit happening)

- cue Fox News and gay scandal insinuations

- which to the eventual surprise of no one except Fox News turn out to be not entirely groundless

- in closing: Daily Show adjacent (like, Last Week Tonight also works, any comedians who specialize in satirizing/lampooning current events) folks conclude the fic with a pithy one liner

…upon reflection I think I just wrote my own fic prompt, or at least outlined it. Maybe I should clean it up and make it into a real story? Um, because I have such a good track record with that, ugh.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed.

Additionally, this is mostly irrelevant, but:

no, YOU move

So at some point during a conversation about Doctor Who/MCU mashups and which Avengers should go off on wacky hijinks with which Doctors, I made myself really really sad when I thought about Nine traveling with Steve Rogers

and then I realized we already had an entire season of that, minus the mutual PTSD and home-is-gone-forever feels–because let’s face it, Rose Tyler is basically modern-AU skinny!Steve

Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — “No, you move.”
—  Captain America in Amazing Spider-Man #537

kaon4shi asked:

I just want to say I think your Captain America tag is beautiful: "plant yourself like a tree by the river of truth." Where does it come from?

It’s from The Amazing Spiderman #537, and comes in what is arguably Cap’s most famous speech in the Marvel universe:

“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — ‘No, you move.’”

Gets me right in my robot heart, every time. 

30 Day Writing Challenge.

Day 9: Post some words of wisdom that speak to you.

It’s honestly a Captain America quote –

Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tel you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth and tell the whole world -

No, YOU move.

“Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t
matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that
we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds
or the consequences. When the mob and the press
and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth,
and tell the whole world — No, you move.” — Adachi

Doesn’t matter what the press says. Doesn’t matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn’t matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — ‘No, you move.’
—  Captain America

ohgeelato asked:

all your Captain America posts are making me very emotional and I just want to curl into a little ball and cry now.

I have spent every day since I was fourteen–so like, nine years–wishing that I had someone who wanted me to grip their hands and Explain To Them Why Steve Rogers Is Great.

Try to imagine how gratifying Tumblr is for me right now.