On New Year’s Eve, I was home with the Husband and the mutts, nursing laryngitis, watching CNN, when my ears were assaulted by one of the most annoying songs in the history of popular music, John Lennon’s “Imagine.” What a perfect anthem for mush-headed, emotionally-driven, low-information types, who are ideal recruits for some pop culture cult of the personality, a sappy melody trying to sell a socialist utopia, where we are urged by a gazillionaire to “imagine no possessions.” When you couple the reality of the lyrics in this pinko garbage with the way it’s embraced by millions who don’t give it a second thought, it’s really insufferable. It’s like an audio Ché Guevara t-shirt.
I posted on Facebook and tweeted about it, which inspired a lively discussion, but I didn’t mention what has apparently turned into a controversy among that low-information, pop culture obsessed cohort I mentioned. Not that I didn’t notice it at the time. I did, and I figured either CNN or the singer, Cee Lo Green, was attempting to clean up this pap to make it a little more palatable to middle America, sort of like someone cheerleading for Ron Paul and hoping we won’t notice he’s a 9/11 truther who thinks Iran would be justified in closing the Strait of Hormuz. This song is so obnoxious I didn’t bother to mention anything else. Now it’s all this.
If you don’t know about this “controversy” (it hardly seems worthy of that title, but if we’re going to pretend the Iowa caucuses are important, I’ll play along), it’s the fact that Mr. Green had the audacity to modify St. Lennon’s lyrics! He changed Lennon’s “and no religion too,” which of course is an essential part of his Marxist vision, to “all religion’s true.” Who the hell does this guy think he is?
Of course, Mr. Green has some experience with cleaning up lyrics. His big hit had to be bowdlerized from its original title, which featured a different “f” word to “Forget You” to make it safe for over-the-air broadcasting.
If this story seems stupid to you, I would agree, until I remember that the people outraged over the modification of this moronic song are the same group that got Obama elected in 2008.
You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
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