John Lennon Flawed Man in Life Demigod in Death


"And this man has now become a god?" (Cassius, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, I, ii)

To anyone who has until now doubted that Western civilization has been inexorably sliding into history's toilet, this should reassure you that you are quite correct and that we are on our last, creaky legs.

To cite information provided by the always-objective "Wikipedia," in life, John Lennon was jealous, possessive, violent, angry, chauvinistic, abusive, adulterous, prideful, an arrogant defender of a twice-convicted murderer, buddy to the Chicago Seven and violent Yippie peace activists Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Angela Davis, and Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party, Marxist sympathizer, confirmed druggie and object of a deportation attempt in the U.S. as a persona non grata.

In death, John Lennon has become a virtual saint.

No one as yet, to my knowledge, has suggested this deeply-flawed, wife-beating, borderline seditionist, drug-addled man "is now become a god," except in the eyes of his celeb-fixated idolators who would, if they could, elevate him to that status in the crowded pantheon of entertainers if not crown him superior to all those lesser gods.

It's startling to witness how death and 30 years can induce such absurd, widespread mania.

It's never nice to speak ill of the dead, although liberals rarely if ever abide by that restriction and which is why I'll wait a while to comment on Elizabeth Edwards' recent demise but, when mindless adulation devolves into bizarre devotion, something need be said before the whole of humanity succumbs to madness.

Chief Beatle, John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE, was shot to death on December 8, 1980 by a deranged Mark David Chapman while in the company of his second wife, Yoko Ono, as they approached the main entrance of their residence, The Dakota, in New York City.

Ms. Ono, second wife to Lennon whom he called "mother," is a Japanese artist, musician, and agitator with a history of unseemly associations in her own right but that's a subject of a future analysis.

It should be noted that Lennon's MBE title, "Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire," MBA division, was conferred on him by Queen Elizabeth II in 1965 along with fellow Beatles Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. That MBE list includes such other illustrati as Michael Caine, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Steven Spielberg, and Catherine Zeta Jones.

No reasonable argument could be offered in contradiction that the Beatles, formed in Liverpool fifty years ago, revolutionized and transformed music and exerted a timeless influence, based in large part on inspiration from American rock and rollers such as Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, and Elvis. The androgynous Fab Four deserve unstinting recognition and admiration for their many accomplishments, which also made the former Quarrymen into multi-millionaires and billionaires.

That's all history now. What isn't true history is blind revisionism whether related to historical events, statesmen, or rockers.

Since that fateful evening thirty years ago, Lennon's reputation and mystique have grown to inordinate proportions, as illustrated by recent headlines commemorating the anniversary of his murder, headlines that glossed over or totally ignored his many flaws as both a human being and as an entertainer.