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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Lennon Vs. USA

Originally uploaded by sbove.
I was born in 'early 64. Jerry Rubin (and, strangely enough, the guy who produced the Partridge Family) went to my high school in Cincinnati (Walnut Hills).

But the Beatles, Lennon, Vietnam, Watergate, Tricky Dick, "Impeachment", "four dead in O HI O", hippies & flower girls (who I thought were cool, even though I could sense my parents didn't quite know what to make of them)...All that energy and subsequent anger was a mystery to me.

I remember Nixon being the first "politician" I was scared of...My parents radiated palpable revulsion for him and held lasting grudges against neighbors who put up Nixon campaign signs. To them, he was the enemy -- a slithering Golum-like puppet of a mysterious evil force that insinuated itself into the government of their great society. Truly, what was Nixon but a cancer compared to pillars like FDR, Ike, Kennedy?

Liddy and the rest of Nixon's creepy thugs were brought down during Watergate, but that wasn't close to their biggest crime. They got smacked for proverbial tax evasion after murdering millions.

I've voraciously studied the period from WW I to the present and understand much of what happened now. But movies like this add vibrant context...even for people who were adults through it all...

My favorite photo in the film: A priceless shot of Rubin, Yoko, Lennon and Hoffman. Artist revolutionaries arm-in-arm.

My favorite quote from Gore Vidal's touchingly emotional interview in the film: "Lennon was a threat because he represented Life. Nixon, and the current Bush regime represent death."

It's that simple.

Three cheers to filmmaker David Leaf for a commendable piece of work.

Given the resurgence of Nixonesque leadership in Washington, it could'nt be more timely.

See it, buy it, learn about it.


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