GIMME SOME TRUTH: JOHN LENNON TELLS IT LIKE IT IS

October 17, 2018 – 8:19 am

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A fresh look at Lennon and Yoko’s Woman Is The Nigger Of The World and the still existing wide gap between the people and power. By John W Whitehead.

“You gotta remember - establishment - it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”
- John Lennon (1969)

Long before Bette Midler was roundly condemned for tweeting “Women, are the n-word of the world,” John Lennon - never one to pull his punches - proclaimed in song “Woman Is the Nigger of the World.”

Unlike Midler and the rest of the politically correct world, which refuses to say, let alone print, the word “nigger” lest they be accused of racism, Lennon didn’t just use the “n” word - he wrote a whole song about it and included it on his 1972 album Some Time In New York City.

Titled “Woman Is the Nigger of the World,” the song - with lyrics inspired and co-written by Yoko Ono - has Lennon’s brand of truth-telling stamped all over it:

Woman is the nigger of the world
Yes she is, think about it
Woman is the nigger of the world
Think about it, do something about it

We make her paint her face and dance
If she won’t be a slave, we say that she don’t love us
If she’s real, we say she’s trying to be a man
While putting her down we pretend that she is above us
Woman is the nigger of the world, yes she is
If you don’t believe me take a look to the one you’re with
Woman is the slave to the slaves
Ah yeah, better scream about it.

Blackballed by most radio stations, the controversial song was widely condemned as racist and anti-woman.

The song was neither.

Initially released as a single in April 1972, a month after Congress voted to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the US Constitution, “Woman Is the Nigger of the World” was Lennon’s way of calling out the hypocrisy of a world that claimed to recognized women as equals while treating them as less worthy of equal rights.

That hypocrisy is still playing out today.

As African-American civil rights activist Congressman Ron Dellums noted in his defense of the song, “If you define ‘nigger’ as someone whose lifestyle is defined by others, whose opportunities are defined by others, whose role in society is defined by others, the good news is that you don’t have to be black to be a nigger in this society. Most of the people in America are niggers.”

“Woman Is the Nigger of the World” was Lennon’s way of calling out the hypocrisy of a world that claimed to recognized women as equals while treating them as less worthy of equal rights. That hypocrisy is still playing out today.

All these years later, not much has changed.

Women are still treated like the niggers of the world: used, abused and conveniently discarded.

And in the eyes of the American police state, most of the citizenry - black, white, brown and every shade in between - are still treated like slaves: brutalized, dehumanized, branded, chained, bought and sold like chattel, and stripped of their basic rights and human dignity.

Truth is rarely comfortable. Nor is it palatable, or polite, or politically correct.

For that matter, John Lennon, born on October 9, 1940, was rarely polite or politically correct.

Lennon was a musical genius and pop cultural icon who also happened to be a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the US government will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority.

Lennon never shied away from telling it like it is, and neither should we.

Lennon dared to speak truth to power about the government’s warmongering and, as a result, he became enemy number one in the eyes of the US government, his phone calls monitored and data files collected on his activities and associations.

Until the day he died, Lennon continued to speak up and speak out.

In honor of what would have been Lennon’s 78th birthday, here are some uncomfortable truths about life in the American police state:

01. The government is not our friend. Nor does it work for “we the people.”

02. We no longer have a government that is “of the people, for the people and by the people.” For that matter, our so-called government representatives do not actually represent us, the citizenry. We are now ruled by an oligarchic elite of governmental and corporate interests whose main interest is in perpetuating power and control.

Lennon dared to speak truth to power about the government’s warmongering, and as a result, he became enemy number one in the eyes of the US government, his phone calls monitored and data files collected on his activities and associations.

03. The US is on the brink of bankruptcy, as many economists have been warning for some time now, with more than US$21 trillion in debt owned by foreign nationals and corporations.

04. Elections are not exercises in self-government. They are merely manufactured illusions conjured up in order to keep the populace compliant and convinced that their vote counts and that they still have some influence over the political process. No matter which party is in control, the police state will continue to grow. In other words, it will win and “we the people” will lose.

05. Twenty years ago, a newspaper headline asked the question: “What’s the difference between a politician and a psychopath?” The answer, then and now, remains the same: None. There is virtually no difference between psychopaths and politicians.

06. Far from being a benevolent entity concerned with the well-being of its citizens, whether in matters of health, safety or security, the government is concerned with three things only: power, control and money.

07. More than terrorism, more than domestic extremism, more than gun violence and organized crime, the US government has become a greater menace to the life, liberty and property of its citizens than any of the so-called dangers from which the government claims to protect us.

08. Not only does the US government perpetrate organized, systematic violence on its own citizens, especially those who challenge its authority nonviolently, in the form of SWAT team raids, militarized police, and roaming VIPR checkpoints, but it gets away with these clear violations of the Fourth Amendment because the courts grant them immunity from wrongdoing.

09. America’s shadow government - which comprised unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes right now and operates beyond the reach of the Constitution with no real accountability to the citizenry - is the real reason why “we the people” have no control over our government.

10. You no longer have to be poor, black or guilty to be treated like a criminal in America. All that is required is that you belong to the suspect class - that is, the citizenry - of the American police state. As a de facto member of this so-called criminal class, every US citizen is now guilty until proven innocent.

11. By gradually whittling away at our freedoms - free speech, assembly, due process, privacy, etc - the government has, in effect, liberated itself from its contractual agreement to respect our constitutional rights while resetting the calendar back to a time when we had no Bill of Rights to protect us from the long arm of the government.

12. Private property means nothing if the government can take your home, car or money under the flimsiest of pretexts, whether it be asset forfeiture schemes, eminent domain or overdue property taxes. Likewise, private property means little at a time when SWAT teams and other government agents can invade your home, break down your doors, kill your dog, wound or kill you, damage your furnishings and terrorize your family.

13. If there is an absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off.

Far from being a benevolent entity concerned with the well-being of its citizens, whether in matters of health, safety or security, the government is concerned with three things only: power, control and money.

14. Americans are powerless in the face of militarized police.

15. Our freedoms - especially the Fourth Amendment - continue to be choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

16. The US is following the Nazi blueprint to a “t,” whether through its storm trooper-like police in the form of heavily armed government agents to its erection of an electronic concentration camp that not only threatens to engulf America but the rest of the world as well.

17. The United States of America has become the new battlefield. In fact, the only real war being fought by the US government today is the war on the American people, and it is being waged with deadly weapons, militarized police, surveillance technology, laws that criminalize otherwise lawful behavior, private prisons that operate on quota systems, and government officials who are no longer accountable to the rule of law.

18. And finally, as Lennon shared in a 1968 interview: “I think all our society is run by insane people for insane objectives… I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal means. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government and the Russian… Chinese… what they are actually trying to do, and what they think they’re doing, I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing. I think they’re all insane. But I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

These are truths about looming problems that cannot be glibly dismissed by political spin.

These problems will continue to plague our nation unless and until Americans wake up to the fact that we’re the only ones who can change things for the better and then do something about it.

After all, the Constitution opens with those three vital words, “We the people.”

What this means is there is no government without us - our sheer numbers, our muscle, our economy, our physical presence in this land. There can also be no police state - no tyranny - no routine violations of our rights without our complicity and collusion - without our turning a blind eye, shrugging our shoulders, allowing ourselves to be distracted and our civic awareness diluted.

While Lennon believed in the power of the people, he also understood the danger of a power-hungry government. “The trouble with government as it is, is that it doesn’t represent the people,” observed Lennon. “It controls them.”

Stop being controlled.

For the moment, the power, as Lennon recognized, is still in our hands.

“The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people,” concluded Lennon. “The people are unaware. They’re not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government.”

For the moment, the choice is still ours: slavery or freedom, war or peace, death or life.

As I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, the point at which we no longer have any choice is the point at which the monsters - the maniacs, the powers-that-be, the establishment, the Police State, the Deep State - win.

Note: Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book Battlefield America: The War on the American People (SelectBooks, 2015) is available online at www.amazon.com. Email Whitehead here. The above article was also posted at Information Clearing House.

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JOHN LENNON’S IMAGINE: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

John Lennon’s most celebrated solo album will be honoured with a number of special releases on October 5 including the six-disc Imagine – The Ultimate Collection featuring brand new 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo mixes of the Imagine album, Singles, Extras and Out-takes from 1971, Raw Studio Mixes live in Surround Sound from the centre of Ascot Sound Studios, minimalist Elements Mixes, the Evolution Documentary that explores the growth of each song from demo to final mix, and interviews with John & Yoko by old friend Elliot Mintz - to create the Ultimate Deep Listening Experience for the Imagine album. - thebeatles.com

Click here to order.

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  1. 13 Responses to “GIMME SOME TRUTH: JOHN LENNON TELLS IT LIKE IT IS”

  2. Rumor has it John had a little un

    By U L E on Oct 17, 2018

  3. So did all the beetles

    By U L E on Oct 17, 2018

  4. Yes he did but it made for less painful Anal .

    By Brian Epstein on Oct 17, 2018

  5. What would John make of life in 2018

    By Eponymous Blare on Oct 18, 2018

  6. Stop being such sexual niggers! The sub-juvenile sex jokes on BigO are a subconscious reaction by males to living in a police state. The cure is social activism. Focus that horny enegy on undermining and dismantling America’s shadow government - you’ll feel more like a legitimate human being than a wanker. Social activism is also good for impressing females, so you my actually get some of what you clearly over-think about. Whack-off mentality is a form of self-imprisonment. “Better free your mind instead.”

    By Bush George on Oct 18, 2018

  7. Gimme me some Truth? Gimme a break! This is mostly Yoko’s influence if not directly written by her and the new ‘ultimate’ collection of Imagine at £165 is a possession I can do without. Wife beater and child abuser Lennon was as damaged and ‘human’ a mediocre artist as there is. Drug of choice snorting heroin. Seven apartments to cope with the fur collection? It’s called hypocrisy.

    Don’t need no advice from those quarters anymore. I like some of your posts say from 1-17 but it was all about one thing that was staring Lennon in the face. Money!

    Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can?

    By swappers on Oct 18, 2018

  8. Hopefully he would of pointed out the HYPOCRISY of it all and give Paul a call and tell him to tone it down on all of the Beatles revelations he has been making lately. With the release of the Imagine and White Album box sets I am sure he would be in the news also, but John always seemed a bit more grounded than Paul.

    By Big E on Oct 18, 2018

  9. So John Lennon and the other Beatles had tiny penises? Who would have guessed. They were all so larger than life that their penises should have matched their images.

    By Katie Kessler on Oct 18, 2018

  10. John’s political expression circa ‘72 was a brave move - one that some saw as a career-killer. He ended up so disillusioned that around the time of the “Mind Games” album we went into a lost weekend that lasted a full year. Still, as naive as John’s politics could seem, his heart was in the right place and I’d rather hear “Woman Is The Nigger Of the World” instead of “We Are The World” any day.

    By Bushy George on Oct 19, 2018

  11. Penis, schmenis. Hey, it ain’t the meat, it’s the motion. But besides the Beatles’ music, what really blew people’s minds about them wasn’t their penises, it was their hair. The American silent majority thought, how can men wear their hair like that and still have all these girls screaming for them? The Beatles introduced a kind of gender fluidity into the national/world consciousness that we’re still feeling the effects of today.

    By Mean Mr. Mustard on Oct 19, 2018

  12. Good Lennon bits,and he was right.Sir Paul on the other hand,all it was was record sales after the Beatles didn’t want to stir the pot as John did as a new viewer of this what’s with the penis shit? I’ll bet ya these comments are coming from small men in stature who get bullied in school,have a hard time with dates,and then become cops to avenge

    By Jruss on Oct 19, 2018

  13. What’s with this Brian Epstein stuff ? Was John gay ? Epstein by all accounts was .

    By Nick on Oct 19, 2018

  14. On the Two Virgins cover you can see how small John was . Certainly no Milty (Uncle )

    By C Tony on Oct 19, 2018

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