Raging Against Paul Ryan
“SAY JAM SUCKA …”
Trusting a politician of either major party to take care of your tax dollars is like trusting a rock musician to give you political advice … you’re wasting your time in both cases.
Of course that’s not stopping Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello from weighing in on GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan – who has claimed that the Los Angeles-based rap metal act is his favorite band.
In a blog post for Rolling Stone, Morello ripped Ryan as “the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”
“I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is?” Morello muses sarcastically. “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!”
Full disclosure … Rage Against The Machine is one of our all-time favorite bands. We started listening to them in the early 1990s and have featured their music several times in our “Today’s Tuneage” section. Not only that, when our founding editor needs to get amped up in attacking hypocritical Republican and Democratic politicians, Rage (along with Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden) is always at the top of his playlist.
Especially songs like this one …
Now … do we care what the band’s members think of the upcoming presidential election? Of course not … no more than we cared for Ryan’s less-than-ambitious budget proposals (which didn’t cut anywhere near the amount of money needed to start moving our nation in a more sustainable direction).
Based on their stated beliefs we would hope that Morello and his bandmates would join us in supporting Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson’s campaign (which isn’t out of the question seeing as they have previously praised pro-liberty advocates like Thomas Paine) … but whatever. We don’t really care what celebrities think about politics, particularly if they’ve been duped into aiding and abetting the mainstream media’s false two-party dichotomy.
“Who would have thought that someone of Morello’s proclaimed philosophy would end up as an informal press secretary for an administration that escalated the war in Afghanistan, started a war in Libya, placed tough sanctions on Iran, kept the Guantanamo Bay detention camp open, continued the use of rendition, and presided over the highest U.S. poverty rate in several decades?” asks columnist John Daly in this excellent piece.
Conveniently attacking a hypocritical Republican isn’t raging against the machine … it’s playing into its hands.