THE U.S. vs. JOHN
The United States government’s greatest foes have never been terrorists, or communists, Nazis, nor the KKK, not even drugs. What the US Government considers their greatest foe are the peaceful speakers who can rally folks with their words. Are you aware that right now many people who have never committed a crime their life, yet only seek to rally those with peaceful words of inspiration and intellect are considered to be terrorists?
Are you aware that those same folks who’d never even strike a child are considered dangerous threats to the government? Why? Because free thought can really bring people to open their minds and see things clearer. Abbie Hoffman, Martin Luther King Jr., Hunter S. Thompson, John F. Kennedy, George Carlin, I could go on forever.
John Lennon was one of a kind. And the US sought out to bring him down for that, because he knew, he spoke, and he encouraged others to learn and speak as well. Because one thing is true: speaking out against your government makes you more of an American patriot than rallying behind it blindly.
“The US vs. John Lennon” is probably one of the most underrated documentaries of 2006, it’s the story of a man rebelling against the Vietnam war, and then rebelling against his own country which led to a rather interesting conspiracy that reflects many of the rebels from Hoffman to King. Phone tapping, harassment, and the inevitable deportation of Lennon for speaking out against the government is what chronicled, along with rare and utterly powerful footage featuring Lennon who was genuinely frightened of the events taking place before his mysterious death. What’s surprising is that director Leaf and Scheinfeld, and many of the folks interviewed make the very subtle suggestions that the murder of Lennon wasn’t entirely just an isolated incident of an obsessed fan towards his hero.Whether or not you choose to believe this, you can’t deny that the fact Lennon told his friends that if he died it wasn’t by accident, is a bit suspicious. Tempt the thought after watching the ordeal Lennon suffered for his open minded views against government tyranny. My sheer love for the Beatles notwithstanding, Lennon was not just a rebel, but he was one who influenced speaking against your government’s policies and a horrible unjust war. He was a real hero, and even in death, they couldn’t destroy him.
If Lennon were alive today, he’d be protesting the Iraq war. Without a doubt. We miss him. “The US vs. John Lennon” is a powerful statement about how in a country of “democracy,” the peace keepers are deemed the most dangerous to civilization.