There are a worrying number of people out there who believe John Lennon to be some sort of a God-like figure, a grand philosopher in the leftist tradition. He was of course, nothing of the sort, as anyone who's spent even the tiniest amount of time listening to 'Imagine', possibly the most trite song written in the history of pop.
It also appears that Lennon himself had changed his views as he got older: his former personal assistant Fred Seaman said that he said positive things about Ronald Reagan, and that he would have voted for him in 1980, had been eligible.
'John made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter,' he said on new documentary Beatles Stories. 'He'd met Reagan back in the 70s at some sporting event. Reagan was the guy who ordered soldiers to go after the young peace demonstrators in Berkeley, so I think that John maybe forgot about that. He did express support for Reagan, which shocked me.
'I also saw John embark in some really brutal arguments with my uncle, who's an old-time communist. It was pretty obvious to me he had moved away from his earlier radicalism. He was a very different person back in 1979 and 80 than he'd been when he wrote 'Imagine'. By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy's naivety.'