June 29, 2011, - 12:22 pm
Do you believe the report that the late John Lennon was a closet Republican and a fan of Ronald Reagan? Does it matter? Not to me. His public war on America–the devastating effects of which continue to multiply–is what’s relevant. And he never apologized publicly for that. That’s what matters.
John Lennon: Does It Really Matter if He Secretly Liked Reagan, Republicans? NO.
As I’ve said on this site many times before, I don’t need celebrities to side with me on the issues to know I’m right. So, I never get excited like the predictable group-think echo chamber on the right whenever a celebrity says something that slightly mirrors what I’ve been saying and what you and I have believed in for years because we know it’s right. We don’t need a guy who is a great guitar player or a woman who is a half-rate actress to tell us what we knew well before these proud high school grads finally discovered America. And I think John Lennon and The Beatles are among the most over-rated figures in history. When the baby boomers are all dead, The Beatles will be forgotten with them and assigned to an irrelevant tiny molecule of a dustbin among many a galaxy of dustbins of history.
That said, I think it’s interesting–if true–that Lennon liked Reagan and the Republicans and hated Jimmy Carter, as Lennon’s last personal assistant claims in a documentary film soon to be released. It’s of interest because Lennon–more than any of the Beatles and probably more than any other celebrity of his time–was so instrumental in the peacenik hippie anti-War movement that caused America so much damage and, not-so-indirectly, got a lot of American boys killed in Vietnam. As I’ve noted before on this site, Lennon and his bedmate/boss/guru-ette Yoko Ono were among the most destructive cultural forces in America. In addition to their anti-War crap, the free love/sleep-with-anything-and-everything ethos that they pushed on America with their absurd bed-ins has had lasting consequences: the breakdown of the American family, millions of kids born out of wedlock and without fathers in their lives, and a whole lot of sexually transmitted diseases. Like I said, it’s unfortunate that celebrities and entertainers have so much influence and political power, but they do. And Lennon was a negative force on America for decades, as his negative contributions live on beyond his death.
I’m not surprised that anyone–even many liberals–would like Reagan after meeting him, as Lennon had. Having met President Reagan more than once, he was a super nice and likeable guy. Meeting him was magical. The surprising part would be that this uber-leftist and blind follower of Ono actually liked Republican policies and argued with left-wingers. I’m not sure I believe it.
And what good was it, if he was too much of a wimp to say so publicly? He could have had a transformative effect on the culture wars had he spoken out to his fans and said, “I was wrong. Reagan and the Republicans have it right.” But he never did that. And, since this former personal assistant is the only person to say Lennon had these views in his last years of life, I find it less credible than I ordinarily might.
Frankly, without a public apology to America (and extensive Mea Culpa World Tour) for the devastation he wrought on our country–both in foreign policy and domestic socialization norms–I couldn’t care less what John Lennon thought privately, except that it shows what an utter fraud and hypocrite he was.
But, then, we knew that. As I’ve noted before, he railed against capitalism and implored us to help the poor, but, yet, he lived in the fancy Dakota in New York and dined at fancy restaurants, rode in fancy limos, and wore expensive clothes. His gazillions weren’t handed out to the poor. They were given to Yoko and son, Sean.
So, in the end, it is irrelevant whether or not it’s true that John Lennon was privately a Reagan Republican and a Jimmy Carter hater. What is relevant is what he did in public and the damage he wrought.
And for that, his private hypocrisies get no solace from me. And no forgiveness for the damage John Lennon did to America while he lived off our soil like a hungry, hypocritical locust. Then, Mark David Chapman did Lennon a huge favor, making him into a martyr and saint that he never was.
John Lennon’s private views do nothing to allay the massive destruction his public views caused America. Public views he never recanted and for which he never repented.
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