Paul Ryan says that Rage Against the Machine is one of his favorite bands. It’s one of mine too. Tom Morello, the brilliant guitarist for the band, wrote an op-ed in Rolling Stone that pretty much eviscerates Ryan for being exactly what the band opposes:
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.
I understand liking the music without agreeing with the lyrics. I don’t agree with Morello’s socialism either (I favor regulated capitalism), though at least he recognizes both the causes and effects of massive inequality that Ryan only wants to make worse. But he’s got Ryan pretty well nailed here.