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Tom Morello: 'Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against'

Further proof Republicans just don't get it. From Rolling Stone:

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.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-morello-paul-ryan-is-the-embodiment-of-the-machine-our-music-rages-against-20120816#ixzz23qNtfXmq


Added: Aug-17-2012 
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  • Gotta love this hypocrite, a communist who is a millionare thanks to his record sales in a capitalist economy.

    But seriously, I don't see how any self respecting Republican can listen to such garbage.

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  • Lol, like we give a shit what this man or Rolling Stone Magazine says

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  • What a load of bull

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  • Ah Rage Against the Machine. The "anti-capitalists" who got rich off a capitalist record deal with Sony, the biggest recording conglomerate in the world.

    These guys are irrelevant hypocrites. Tom Morello alone is worth tens of millions of dollars.

    How's that socialist ideology working out for you, douchbag?

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  • Rage against responsible spending? Rage against a balanced budget? Rage against capitalism? Rage against the PRODUCERS?

    Funny how Rage Against the Machine has made $millions off the system they claim to detest.

    I’m still waiting for them to cut a fat check to the IRS.

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  • Funny stuff, he can't wrap his silly mind around why VP Paul Ryan likes his music. Tom Morello is a walking paradox, and another lost communist pea brain. Shut up and just play music.

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    • @ammo1a It's best not to label people as "retarded" when leaving a retarded statement yourself.

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    • @ammo1a Depends who you ask. What I do know is that you used an unnecessary amount of words in a failed attempt to be clever by informing everyone that you don't like RATM in your previous statement. I was just saying that you made yourself look stupid. Should I use that as a barometer to judge your intelligence or are you gonna try harder next time?

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    • @SSSox88 When a guy uses acronyms for a band that spouts nonsense....

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  • From Rolling stone.......... K. pretty sure they haven't published anything pro-conservative since the 1st edition.

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    • @gammyland

      Are you even paying attention? Romney has also been using Silversun Pickups music without their permission. Just cause you like inbred sister fucking type music doesn't mean everyone else does.

      Megadeth, Gene Simmons and Pat Boone have all been on that magazine as well. Unless you think all loud music is Librul.

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    • @gammyland for real sorry it isnt P.O.D. or some bullshit angry middle school music that USMC loves

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  • lol rage against $60 million vs 7.5 million. What a joke.

    Guitarist Tom Morello...has a net worth of $60 million.

    http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/rock-stars/tom-morello-net-worth/

    Paul Ryan net worth of $7.8 million
    Paul Ryan's Annual Salary is $175 Thousand

    http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-politicians/republicans/paul-ryan-net-worth/
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    You guys really think Tom is speaking for the poor people? lol I quote Tom "You see, the super rich More..

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    • @SpeckFettGulag I see that if Paul Ryan were really smart, and wanted to get richer than he is he would have grown dreadlocks, and screamed socialist nonsense into a microphone VS working hard in the family business.

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    • @dog64 yes it is an eye opening revelation to see the difference. I dont know what Morello does with his money and how he is 'protecting' it like the big boys do but I bet there is a safe stash off shore in a tax haven somewhere, either sitting or being used in some type of investment scheme.

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  • Tom Morello, privileged Harvard graduate with a net worth of $60 million. Please do tell us again, Tommy Boy, about the evil of those pursuing wealth.

    http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/rock-stars/tom-morello-net-worth/

    The entertainment industry is chock to the gills with hypocritical greedy fucking asshat cocksuckers who hate others for doing exactly what they in the entertainment industry do every day... Look to get rich.

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  • Rage against the machine. Rich hipsters who were relevant long, long, ago.

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  • morello is a donk, go back to libertyville, Il and move in with your momma asshole

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  • Sure Capitalism has its drawbacks, however 50 million plus have been killed in the name of Communism. I think it's clear which is the lesser of two evils.

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  • Fuck Tom Morello...

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  • I love these guys. As soon as I discovered how easy it is to ignore de la Rocha's inane gobbledygook, I was in.

    Hooky riffs that slam around heavily, like a lead ball in a runaway box truck. It's as if the whole band was John Bonham, like Bonzo-quadruplets. Great rhythm section. And Morello--awesome. Perfectly appropriate, right-on-time fretboard texture-scapes for solos--Johnny B Goode be damned. Beautiful stuff, slightly lessened by a moron quoting Chomsky at the top of his lungs.

    And then. More..

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    • @cleetusawreetus I do love their music, but I just can't get past wanting to blacken his eye.

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  • I never understood why I should have a moral burden on me if someone else has less then me? No one has to rationalize anything, rich people sleep well at nigh and don't even have to think about some Marxists bleeding hearts.

    Even a typical liberal college dropout in US by the living standards of Somalia is freaking wealthy. That does not force liberals to move out to Somalia to pay a "fair share" as they belive cause people are suffering.

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  • He likes how it "Sounds" like 90% percent of their fans.

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  • Tom is a metro-commie-chic hypocrite (just like pug.)

    His licks are sharp, though (unlike pug.)

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  • They're capitalists too.

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  • It all comes down to what one sees as "the machine". Is capitalism the machine? Or is socialism the machine? Is competitive equal opportunity something to be raged against, or should we rage against the notion of enforced social equality? I can tell you this...looking back on history, I would a lot rather need to rage against some corrupt bankers than rage against an authoritarian government of "the people".

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    • @gbe84 wow the sheer stupidity on this site never fails to amaze me. ummm, we are still raging against the bankers, represented so well and coddled by ryan and the gop. are you really that out of touch that you wrote this tripe shit about socialism and forced equality thinking no one would notice that isn't what is being proposed or implemented by the current administration? i rage against halfwits like you!

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    • @NotTakingIt

      Keep drinking Obama kool aid, my friend. Observe the campaigning. Which side is promoting constructive strategies for the future and which is simply encouraging more class envy and racial strife? Your man had 4 years. He was a disaster. The only way he'll have 4 more is through the typical Leftist tactics, buying votes through entitlement programs and fear mongering targeted to morons like yourself.

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    • @gbe84 you're such a tripe little talking point puppet you aren't even worthy of a thoughtful response from me. you're ignorant, i could tell from your original post, you didn't have to provide more evidence with your mindless "kool aid" response, the sure sign of a right winger cornered by logic , you might as well chewed your paw off to escape you halfwit!

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    • @NotTakingIt

      So, you've called me an idiot in about 10 different ways now but have yet to actually present an actual rebuttal. Typical Leftists, all name-calling, no substance.

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    • @gbe84 first post something besides some ignorant generalization talking point that you have no facts to back yourself on. oh and also explain your sides "constructive strategies for the future"...that was a funny one, since i've yet to hear one fresh idea from the gop in almost 12 years that hasn't been tried and failed already...ummmm, ok?

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  • Yea Im sure when Rage Against the Machine sits down and works out the contracts with lawyers they just say "na we don't care just keep the money". No different then that fat pig M moore living in mansions and and once in a while hang with the low lifes.

    Maybe Rage Against the Machine like the retard biden better which shows just how samrt they are.

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  • I think Ryan was just trolling them.

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  • Does anyone really care what some musician thinks?

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