Skip to comments.Liberal Musician 'Rages' in Diatribe Aimed at Paul Ryan
Posted on 08/18/2012 7:15:56 PM PDT by Kaslin
Contrary to popular belief, 'Paul Ryan is not Freddy Kruger'. Mainstream media outlets wasted little time in their attempt to discredit the newly appointed vice presidential candidate, while practically ignoring every new gaffe committed by the current one. The constant and vicious attacks of his conservative views and budget proposals mirror the ordeal Sarah Palin endured, but the career congressman has dealt with it all before.
Seemingly everyone has an unfavorable opinion that they're anxious to share, including musicians like Rage Against the Machine lead guitarist Tom Morello. In one of his many op-eds for Rolling Stone, the Nightwatchman called Ryan "the embodiment of the machine our music has been raging against for two decades."
The inspiration for the rant was in response to a paragraph in a New York Times article that seemingly exposed some kind of philosophical contradiction. Ryan named Rage Against the Machine specifically as one of his favorite bands, despite their anti-corporate themed songs and public support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. He later clarified that he's always liked the way they sound.
This made Morello mad. How could some "fringe right wing nut job" be so complimentary of his life's work? "Charles Manson loved the Beatles, but didn't understand them," he wrote. "Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen, but doesn't understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine."
Despite the dire state of affairs that have persisted in this country for several years now, Morello clearly thinks a change in leadership would make things a lot worse than they already are. Reiterating Obama's re-election campaign rhetoric, he warned women, immigrants, workers, gays and the poor of impending doom if they don't vote for the incumbent. The environment would deteriorate faster too apparently.
While Morello has clearly had plenty of his own financial success, he still passed judgment on the 'privileged elite' for allowing "millions of children in the U.S. to go to bed hungry every night." He likes to think he and his anarchist band mates have done a lot of good in the world by changing the hearts and minds of the people who actually listen to their songs.
He humorously added in all seriousness, "Many activists around the world, including organizers of the global occupy movement, were radicalized by Rage Against the Machine and now work tirelessly for a more humane and just planet."
One of the things that never fail to amaze me is why anybody cares about anything an actor or a singer have to say about politics.
What was it to not understand about the Beatles? Or any other pop acts?
His father was a Kenyan participant in the Mau Mau Uprising, and served as Kenya’s first ambassador to the United Nations. Morello’s paternal great-uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the first elected president in Kenyan history. His parents met in August 1963, while attending a pro-democracy protest in Nairobi, Kenya.
First, I’m pretty sure Paul Ryan knows the deal with RATM. I’m pretty sure anybody who’s listened to any of their stuff long enough to hear vocals knows the deal with RATM.
Second, nothing says raging against the machine and struggling against The Man quite like drawing paychecks from Sony for twenty years.
Morello developed leftist political leanings early, and has described himself as having been “the only anarchist in a conservative high school”, and has since identified as a nonsectarian socialist.
Morello was raised solely by his mother in Libertyville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
Rage against the machine has become the machine-
reminds me of that bumper sticker liberals used to love so much “question authority”, of course when they become the authority questioning authority stops and anoyone who does it becomes the great satan.
“In one of Morello’s many op-eds for Rolling Stone, the Nightwatchman called Ryan “the embodiment of the machine our music has been raging against for two decades.”
Maybe that’s why Ryan likes it. I enjoy it too when I’m kicking the ankle biters out of the way.
Pete Townshend said it best, "Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss."
Hey Tom do you think that John Lennon’s killer should be released by the machine?
Fabulous guitarist, political and social moron.
You notice he’s not enraged enough to divest himself of his filthy capitalist wealth and join the proletariat.
I have no problem enjoying the artistic work of communists, socialists, and other liberal types. They can serve us with their arts as we see fit, and we can laugh at their vanity at the same time. It's a win-win.
Well, shows his stupidity. On the freedom scale, an anarchist is to the right of a conservative - no laws, no government. He's never been an anarchist, and would pee his panties were there true anarchy.
Take it from an old (40 + years playing) rock guitarist....Morello is a highly overrated hack. He was born with a silver spoon dipped in Socialism in his mouth. Little tattooed pissant needs to keep his mouth shut and keep taking money from adolescent head bangers.
Yeah, raging right into the machine’s arms, or sumfin like that.
I can hardly think of a more over-rated “band” than Rage, and their “guitarist” absolutely stinks - - you will NEVER see his name on any reputable “Top 500” lists. Good grief... and Ryan “likes the way they sound”?
To be anywhere from left to right in the conventional game is to be playing the game — anarchists do not want to play the game.