At the risk of sounding like The King in THE KING AND I, “it is a puzzlement.” Just as society and culture –- and even the essentials of survival –- come crashing down in Venezuela, young socialists here in the U.S. (along with the Democratic Party and its candidates for President) crusade either for socialism or for something as close to socialism as they dare admit during a campaign.

Oh, but this is “democratic socialism.” It’s of the people, by the people, for the people. The people vote it in because they want it. Well, the people in Venezuela supported it, too. Now they wish they hadn’t. Good luck getting rid of it when there’s nothing to go back to.

So, why would anyone want socialism –- especially now, when they can see with their own eyes a socialist “utopia” imploding?


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I think the answer lies in human nature as reflected in current popular culture. We live in a time when creating one’s own reality is a popular life strategy. The past is changed or forgotten as easily as taking down a statue, when we need to be learning from it. And technology helps our minds blur the lines between real life and fantasy. The power of belief is great, but it can’t make up for the faults of an economic system that has proven itself disastrous over and over.


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Right now, the wish for a utopian society is so strong that it’s misdirecting many from the harsh reality of socialism. The “Green New Deal” being pushed by idealists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pure fantasy. When pressed, the Democrats who came out in support of it had to backpedal and call it “aspirational.” Even AOC happily calls it “a dream.” But it is more than a dream –- it’s a delusion and a scam.

To understand why she and others continue to dream of this kind of society and government, let’s look at one of the most popular songs of all time, John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Thanks to this insipid song, you don’t have to slog through Karl Marx or take so-called economics classes at Boston University, as AOC did, to grasp socialism’s essential appeal. This song consistently turns up near the top of lists of the most beloved songs of all time. It’s one of the most-played songs of the 20th Century. It’s in the Grammy Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The tune is okay, I guess, kind of lovely in its simplicity and easy to sing along with. And people like to sing along because the lyrics are so...”aspirational.”

 

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people...living for today…...

Imagine there’s no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion, too

Imagine all the people...living life in peace…...

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one…...

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people...sharing all the world…...

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one

……….

 

Wow, the only thing this song needs to bring it into 2019 is, “Imagine there’s no gender...”

I don’t know if Lennon meant this song seriously or perhaps was being satirical, making fun of the mindset. (It was supposedly inspired by a book of texts for conceptual art pieces called GRAPEFRUIT that Yoko Ono wrote in 1964, and that doesn’t answer my question. Yoko’s book has lines like “Imagine the clouds dripping” and “Imagine one thousand suns in the sky at the same time.”) But if John was seriously promoting Marxism, he was surely a hypocrite of the highest order, as I don’t think he ever divested himself of his many millions. (I do wish, in fact, that he’d used more of his fortune to pay for full-time bodyguards, but that’s another issue.) The important thing here, though, is that the people who love this song are NOT looking at it as satire, just as a picture of what our world could be.

Let’s break it down: “Imagine there’s no heaven. It’s easy if you try.” Really? If he’s talking about not believing in God, it’s not “easy” –- except perhaps for the most simpleminded –- to imagine that our existence is finite and occurred through chance, with no higher purpose. It’s quite challenging, in fact. Go ahead. Really think it through. Take all the time you need.

“Imagine all the people living for today.” Yeah, I can imagine THAT. It’s not a pretty picture.

“Imagine there’s no countries.” Here we go –- the globalist dream. Can you even “imagine” how that would play out in the real world? Can you “imagine” any circumstances under which this would not be a total disaster? Of course not. Yet we have a movement in our own country, supported from outside but fronted by idiots such as “Beto” O’Rourke, to create completely open borders. “Nothing to kill or die for.” Trust me, there would never be an end to the killing or the dying. “And no religion, too.” Okay, John, you already said that. And, besides, grammatically, it should be “no religion, EITHER.”

“Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can.” I absolutely can, especially if “possessions” include things like food and toilet paper. Just look at North Korea. Or the typical shelter enjoyed by political prisoners. The government has taken all their possessions, and that’s what is left. True, large-scale socialism may start democratically but leads to a police state.

“No need for greed or hunger.” Put socialism in, and it’s guaranteed that many will game the system to get more for themselves at others’ expense. Just as in George Orwell’s book ANIMAL FARM, “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” Certainly Alexandria O-C would be “more equal,” in her spiffy DC apartment and $3,000 designer outfits. The greedy rulers of socialist countries typically squirrel away billions, even if “the people” go hungry.

 “The brotherhood of man.” Right, as overseen by Big Brother, which is the only way socialism can work on a grand scale.

“You may say I’m a dreamer...but I’m not the only one.” True, but that’s because a lot of people are STUPID. “I hope someday you’ll join us.” Not a chance; you’ll have to kill me first, as many hundreds of millions of people have been killed over this. “And the world will live as one.” This idea is so dumb, John MUST have been satirizing it. If I knew he was, I might start to love this song.

The world will never “live as one” unless “all the people” are lobotomized. There’s an aspiration for you.

 Anyway, now that we’re done drawing-and-quartering the song “Imagine,” I’d like to offer my own version, with things I really think would be great for our country...

 

“Imagine THIS”, by Laura Ainsworth

Imagine there’s no color

Or else that no one cared

Heed Dr. King now

The wisdom that he shared

Imagine all the people

Simply moving on...

Imagine education

A sense of history

Something to give our border

Some real security

Imagine all the people

Feeling free to speak..(woo-hoo)

You may say I’m a dreamer

But let’s keep the dream alive

I hope we move in this direction

So America will grow and thrive…………

Imagine there’s no Twitter

I wonder if you can

No need for PC censors

We’re speaking man-to-man

Imagine all the people

Putting down their phones…(woo-hoo...)

You may say I’m a dreamer

But the dream is really sweet

I hope we move in this direction

And the President will never tweet!

 

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  • Robin Gonsalves

    02/23/2019 12:02 PM

    That was classic when you stated...that a lot of people are stupid! No truer words were ever spoken.??

  • Amelia Little

    02/22/2019 11:59 AM

    I also have never listened to this song--haven't even heard it play all the way through although the first line and the music with it are nice. I do like your version better. It's funny about Lennon's "no religion" part--uhmm...I think he and ono's were actually part of a religion, as are all who go to gurus and do their meditation. It's just not a Christian religion--which I'm guessing the "Christian" part is what they reject. I do agree with and have told young people in my life what nascarccmgrlfan wrote. One way tickets to live in socialist Europe--they are on their own to figure out how to get back to the US (hopefully to work against socialism by that time) they have to live, not as a tourist, but like the citizens of those countries. There needs to be more articles (on utube, social media) about the failures of socialism of Sweden (my daughter's favorite example of free education and healthcare) and other European countries. My kids grew up as captive audiences listening to Rush Limbaugh and Bruce Williams when we were in the car. Don't know how my daughter came into the socialist belief. My son finally realized and tried to communicate to others that SOMEONE has to pay for all the free stuff--like citizens--their income will be eaten up by taxes. I suppose it's too much to expect that msm will actually report on any of the negative about these countries--I don't watch them, but suppose they are entirely omitting any mention of Venezuela at all.

  • Kathleen Wood

    02/21/2019 05:24 PM

    I've often thought about this pop culture classic myself, John Lenon's "Imagine". While imagining ways we can creatively solve world problems and pursue peace is good, this song specifically suggests putting an end to freedoms we cherish, like religious freedom and thinking for oneself among other things. Sure, I guess some are advocating enslavement, an end to anyone who disagrees, censorship of alternative viewpoints, and calling it "hate speech" to believe differently. HRC called Christian's terrorists, afterall. The Nazis almost succeeded stamping out anyone and anything that did not support their "narrative". But I prefer a song sung by Peter, Paul and Mary, "Don't Ever Take Away My Freedom".

  • Harold Levi

    02/21/2019 12:03 PM

    The Democrats (Democrat = Nazi = Socialist = Progressive) need to perform an old military exercise I learned when I was in the U.S. Army. Here it is: Stand at Attention, then shift to Parade Rest, then hold your arms straight out, then bend at the waist, still holding your arms out you stick your arms between you legs, grab your ears and give a sharp tug to pull your head out of your ass. I do not understand my people, the Hebrews, sucking up to these Godless people! They are the one who committed the Holocaust.

  • June Atherton

    02/21/2019 11:06 AM

    I enjoyed your article. I agree 100%, especially enjoyed the ‘new’ version of ‘Imagine’.

  • Phyllis Walsh

    02/21/2019 09:50 AM

    I dimly recall thinking in this idealistic way when i was young. “If we all work together and share the produce, what a great world it would be.” Unfortunately, this is an untruthful idea about human nature. Some may be able to live like this, but soon others would come and take posessions and power.

  • Robert Mascari

    02/20/2019 07:10 PM

    Nice lyric, Laura....very creative!
    In my opinion, the Dems have created the (sorry to say) perfect situation for themselves. They have practiced revisionist history and implemented their views and distorted facts in our public schools, for decades. Today's kids don't have adequate knowledge of what Socialism is or the impact on society and lifestyles. They grow up lacking the awareness of historical lessons from socialist countries in past years and only absorb what some left-wing Socialist "teachers" or professors want them to believe. They grow up voting and living as democrats.

  • Carol Mathews

    02/20/2019 04:33 PM

    love it thank you

  • nascarccmgrlfan

    02/20/2019 04:08 PM

    They love Europe. Their idea of socialism is Scandinavia, like Sweden, like Denmark and other Euro countries, they say. Maybe we should give them one way tickets to Europe. Scandinavia, Germany, the Netherlands, whichever of these is in their DNA, if they have a Euro fatherland.

  • C Michael Roberson

    02/20/2019 02:58 PM

    Wow Laura! I love you! Spot on! I am a HUGE Huckabee fan and fast becoming a HUGE Ainsworth fan too. I'm a musician (and a Beatles fan), but I have never performed, or even sung that song by John Lennon. I am not surprised that it may have been inspired by Loko (spl?) Ono. The lyrics are beyond stupid and I don't even really like the music.....boring!
    Nevertheless, I may consider singing that now that it has a righteous ring to it. Good job. Thanks.

  • Mirta Susana Nunez

    02/20/2019 01:43 PM

    Another awesome article
    You are right on point. I came from Cuba 58 years ago, have never returned, the same people who destroyed my country are still in power. Keep writing your truth, America needs to hear this is very serious, it’s not a little experiment that you try and then discard. Once they get ahold of a country, they don’t let go. Thank you for your voice!!

  • Freda Hayes

    02/20/2019 01:20 PM

    Love this article! I am upset at myself because I loved the melody and sang parts of this socialist song, BUT, I NEVER really listened to the lyrics!
    I am Christian, believe there is a heaven and a hell and definitely against the ‘Global World’ idea.
    Can’t believe how quickly this evil of socialism has been accepted.
    Although, schools have been instilling these ideas since the late ‘40’s. Sad they’ve stopped teaching civics and history.
    The democrats have lost their minds, supporting late term abortions, refusing to work with a duly elected president that is trying to protect our citizens!! Sad what is happening!
    Thank you! Appreciate the lesson!

  • Janice Filibeck

    02/20/2019 12:51 PM

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXCELLENT ARTICLE. I have a great fear when I see an older generation so gullible to want socialism! Even more fear when I see how gullible and uneducated the younger generation is about living with socialism! Yes, our education systems have failed the young by not teaching history and brainwashing them. Teachers/professors spew their personal ideas. What were these teachers taught as not to understand that socialism NEVER works? As for not having any religion, maybe
    parents rejected their own religion so never taught their children. I, personally, know parents who have said "they (meaning their children) can decide what to do when they grow up". Lacking in knowledge, faith, or right from wrong only destroys.

  • Roberta Marye

    02/20/2019 12:11 PM

    Great article, Laura!!! I especially like your modifications to the song. The final line wins the prize!!