In the odd little version of the Marvel Universe that Bendis has created, the people worshiped and idolized the Avengers of the Heroic Age. Until Norman Osborn showed up, and gave one little speech. And suddenly, everyone turned on a dime and hated the Avengers (even though it wasn't that good a speech):
I mean, really, who needs the Purple Man or the Puppet Master or other mind control guys, when the Marvel-616 masses can be turned 180 degrees in 30 seconds by a "boo hoo, the Avengers are mean" speech from the man who launched a war with Asgard? Even the media swallowed Norman's bull hook, line and sinker.
Well, every problem has a solution. And Bendis' solution to the straw man he himself conjured up out of nowhere? Have Luke Cage talk some street sense to them:
You, know, whether this was a metaphor for the Tea Party or the Occupy movement or the anti-Ozzie Guillen protests (OK, probably not), the solution Cage proposes--everybody go home and "fix their own houses" and all of society's problems magically get better--is, well, amazingly patronizing and thunderously naive and well, just plain stupid.
Than again, I'm sure Bashar al-Assad is passing this exact same message on to Syrian protestors at this very moment...
Of course, Cage's magic words work, mainly because it's time for Avengers Vs. X-Men and this silly plot thread needed to be "resolved" as quickly as possible.
And, as Luke Cage's position is essentially "using your First Amendment rights is for fools, especially when you annoy us Avengers," it looks like Osborn may have been right about them after all...