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    Raging against Paul Ryan

    Paul Ryan, the guy who wants to cut Mitt Romney's taxes, says that Rage Against the Machine is his favorite band. Today, in Rolling Stone, Rage's frontman, Tom Morello, rips Ryan a new one and lets him know that Ryan's not paying attention.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Morello
    Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against
    By Tom Morello
    August 16, 2012 6:44 PM ET
    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.

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    Well there is somebody who seems utterly full of themselves. I wouldn't expect much else from those fools.

    It is just music. If I was everything I listened to I'd be a New York makeup wearing leather queen [Kiss] and a homophobic long haired British drunken lad culture dude [Macc Lads], a drug dealing pimp gangster [Ice T/Body Count] and a rabid hate monger [Landser] and a cock crazed homosexual [Pansy Division]. As well as being a left leaning anti American punk [Exploited] and a chick [Garfunkel and Oates] and someone with an unhealthy obsession with shit [Eddie and Arthur Shit] as well as a regular everyday normal guy [Jon Lajoie].

    I am political animal but there comes a point where you can take it too far. Once you get all fundamentalist about it, where you can only associate with those who share your beliefs, where you can only listen to politically pure music you have taken a turn for the douche and become unpleasant to be around for anyone other than your fellow cultists. Sort of like Christians who will only listen to Christian music, when everyone knows all the best bands are affiliated with Satan.

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    What's with Ryan's hair?? He must have Trump's hairstylist.

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