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'Rage Against the Machine' Guitarist Blasts Paul Ryan For Being A Fan

'Rage Against the Machine' guitarist Tom Morello has written a 467-word article in Rolling Stone railing against Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

"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," says Morello. "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?," he asks. "Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? 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," he continues. "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."

Morello goes on to call Ryan a "right wing nut job" as he says "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 US 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."

August 17, 2012 |

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