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Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Pens Editorial Blasting Paul Ryan

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has named Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands, but the fandom isn’t mutual. In an editorial for Rolling Stone, Tom Morello, guitarist of the Los Angeles-based group, said he found Ryan’s love of Rage Against the Machine “amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”

The right-wing Ryan’s politics are certainly at odds with those of RATM. Ryan denies the existence of global warming, opposes gay marriage, and supports increased tax cuts for the rich while voting against increasing the minimum wage. Then there’s the whole issue of gutting medicare and killing Social Security. Morello rants:

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 editorial on the Rolling Stone website. Maybe next we’ll hear from some of Ryan’s other favorite bands, including Metallica and Nirvana?

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Paul Ryan Blasted in Rolling Stone Op-Ed

If you’ve ever listened to Rage Against The Machine, or even glanced at a story about Rage Against The Machine, you realize how incredibly stupid it is for Paul Ryan to claim them as his favorite band. Ryan stands for everything that the band has attacked in their songs. Rage’s guitarist, Tom Morello, decided to tell Ryan as much in an op-ed for Rolling Stone.

Below are two highlights from the piece, but the entire article is well worth a read. Unless you’re Ryan, that is.

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.

 

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