December 9, 2005

Imagine There's No Moonbats

I lived through the 60s, though I was too young to "do" the 60s. I dug the Beatles, and my sister and I cried when John Lennon was killed (I was 20 at the time).

I still appreciate his music on some level, but the fawning media is really stating to get me down. He was a man of some talent, in a group of some talent, but let's watch the lionization. His social views were deeply flawed and he allowed himself to get caught in a lot of bad artistic and business judgments in his day.

The Solid Surfer speculates that Lennon's iconoclastic non-conformism would make him a Republican today. Interesting, macabre, and disprovable as this is -- I have to dissent. If I may be forgiven de mortuis nisi non bonum, I fear Lennon would be one more moonbat in the chattering class parade.

Sadly, I cannot find George Will's column online. But I had a book of collections of his columns, and it had a devastating, line-by-line takedown (we'd call it "Fisking" today) to the Lyrics to Imagine. Sorry, kids, it is sophomoric twaddle, not high social thought. I for one, am content to let the lefties keep this one.

Sorry for the grouchy post, but I can't let this bit of history be rewritten.

UPDATE: Atilla at Pillage Idiot, is less sentimental than me...

On the web Posted by John Kranz at December 9, 2005 12:25 PM

I remember an exchange with a co-worker at the time (at my part-time job during high school) where, in reaction to the 79th playing of "Imagine" that day I said, "Imagine no possessions? No countries? That's impossible!" To which my contemporary replied, "Well, that's why the song is called IMAGINE!"

I couldn't say it better if I tried.

Posted by: johngalt at December 9, 2005 3:20 PM

Put me down in the "definately maybe" column. While the right and Republicanism is rife with ex-liberals who have cleaned the socialism out of their ears, there are a lot of dirty hippies from the sixties who just can't let go of their "inner liberal."

I think peer pressure might have kept him a liberal. Afterall, how many recording artists are Republicans? Only a handful... and the rest of the Beatles? McCartney is a lib, Ringo? George? I dunno.

The entertainment industry is full of people who want to be liked. Peer pressure is a mofo.

Posted by: AlexC at December 9, 2005 11:03 PM | What do you think? [2]