If you have ever listened to a RATM song then you definitely know the sound of Zach de la Rocha’s voice screaming lyrics like “The land of the free? Whoever told you that was your enemy” and “We gotta take the power back” Well it appears Rage has themselves a fan that doesn’t share their socialist views. Candidate Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan has listed RATM as one of his favorite bands but the group does not seem to share his warm fuzzy feelings. “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,” RATM guitarist Morello wrote for Rolling Stone. “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,” wrote Morello. “Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.”
“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,” Morello continued. “Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “F— 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!”
I suppose this isn’t the first time I’ve heard about hypocricy in politics. Makes me wonder if Ryan is still such a big fan after he heard Morello’s comments.