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Rage Takes on Ryan…

August 17, 2012

Like them or not Rage Against the Machine has been an influential band over the past couple of decades.  Many people may not know about them, most of my readers will probably bristle at their ‘hard’ sound…I initially did too, but I have come to like, and more importantly respect their messages of social justice.

Apparently at one time Paul Ryan uttered something about Rage being one of his favorite bands, that utterance did not sit well with Tom Morello, the guitarist for Rage.  What follows is a brief, but scathing literal smack-down of Paul Ryan by Mr. Morello.  You see, Paul Ryan is completely full of shit!  He is of the same ilk as Mittens, he was born wealthy, his grandfather built his paving business with government contracts for the federal highway system.  Yes…Paul got his privileged status off of government largess…isn’t that something?  I read somewhere once that ALL politicians have an incredibly high streak of narcissism in them, close to that of serial killers…I don’t know if that is true, but narcissistic, and hypocritical is how both Ryan and Romney strike me.  Donate to Obama’s campaign if you are able…that is my message for today!

Thank you Tom for writing this, and thank you Rolling Stone for publishing it:

Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’

Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist blasts Romney’s VP pick and unlikely Rage fan

 
Tom Morello and Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan
Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images; Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call
August 16, 2012 6:44 PM ET

Last week, Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, the Republican architect of Congress’s radical right-wing budget plan, as his running mate. Ryan has previously cited Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands. Rage guitarist Tom Morello responds in this exclusive op-ed.

Paul Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn’t understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.

Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.

I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!

Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.

You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night. So, when they look themselves in the mirror, they convince themselves that “Those people are undeserving. They’re . . . lesser.” Some of these guys on the extreme right are more cynical than Paul Ryan, but he seems to really believe in this stuff. This unbridled rage against those who have the least is a cornerstone of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

But Rage’s music affects people in different ways. Some tune out what the band stands for and concentrate on the moshing and throwing elbows in the pit. For others, Rage has changed their minds and their lives. Many activists around the world, including organizers of the global occupy movement, were radicalized by Rage Against the Machine and work tirelessly for a more humane and just planet. Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening.

My hope is that maybe Paul Ryan is a mole. Maybe Rage did plant some sensible ideas in this extreme fringe right wing nut job. Maybe if elected, he’ll pardon Leonard Peltier.  Maybe he’ll throw U.S. military support behind the Zapatistas. Maybe he’ll fill Guantanamo Bay with the corporate criminals that are funding his campaign – and then torture them with Rage music 24/7. That’s one possibility. But I’m not betting on it.

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