Heard on the Hill: Lennon Shines On in House

Posted December 10, 2010 at 5:25pm

Noted Beatles fanboy Rep. Thaddeus McCotter paid tribute to John Lennon on the House floor last week, in an oration more poetic than the average one-minute speech.

The Michigan Republican praised Lennon on the 30th anniversary of the musician’s murder, not to “lament his inestimable loss, but to celebrate his inspiring life.”

“Perpetually along our earthly journey, we stand at the crossroads of comfort and truth. Imperfect souls, we are mercifully measured not solely by our missteps into numbing comfort but also by our redemptive return to enlightening truth,” McCotter said. “As shown in a recently released 1980 interview with Rolling Stone’s Jonathan Cott, Mr. Lennon understood this. ‘I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answers to life. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can. But I still believe in peace, love, and understanding.’”

McCotter hailed Lennon as a devoted husband and father.

“I thank Mr. Lennon for striving through his enduring art to reveal the immutable human truths that eternally unite us in our mortality, our frailty and our beauty when we love,” McCotter said.