Tom Morello Lashes Out at Paul Ryan For Aligning With Rage Against The Machine

"Paul Ryan Is the embodiment of the Machine our music Rages Against"

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

After Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney named Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello has quite a bit to say on the issue. 

This is due in small part to the fact that, among name-dropping Led Zeppelin, Metallica and the Grateful Dead, Rage Against The Machine actually came up in the mix of Ryan's favorite music. On the surface that might strike the distracted broad-strokers as a hip, cool development in the stuffy world of old-white-man politics, but digging a little deeper will reveal just how incongruent the hardcore leftist band and the Medicare-hunting Ayn Rand disciple's views truly are.

Thankfully, Morello has penned an op-ed in Rolling Stone that lays out just how ridiculous the concept is. A few selections from the piece:

"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."


"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."

Read the full op-ed at Rolling Stone.