A lot of people are getting frustrated with politics these days, but it's important to remember there are still some true heroes out there.
Take San Jose city councilman Lan Diep, who rocked Captain America's shield (well, a replica, but you get the point) during his recent swearing-in ceremony. Yeah, that's right — dude held Cap's shield through the ceremony, and made a point to pose it out for the camera.
So why did he do it? Because he really does look up to Cap and wants to hold himself to that type of standard while in public office. Oh, you know, and because it's awesome, too.
Here's how Diep explained the decision to The Huffington Post:
"I do hope to aspire to those ideals of fair play, equal justice and democracy during my term. But really, I just had this awesome shield and I wanted a chance to show it off. I believe government can be fun and I'm not above creating a bit of spectacle if it helps people pay more attention to local government. I'm willing to entertain them if they sit through all the policy discussions."
Is this a little silly? Sure, but it's at least gotten people a bit more excited about local government (hey, at least he didn't awkwardly hug a flag). The jury is still out on how Diep will perform when the heat is on, but his approach to local government is certainly inspired. If it takes a Captain America homage to get people to actually pay attention to zoning ordinances and local resolutions, then lets assemble some small-town Avengers nationwide.