'Rage' Guitarist: Paul Ryan Is the Machine

Tom Morello says famous fan is what he's raging against
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2012 3:56 PM CDT
'Rage' Guitarist: Paul Ryan Is the Machine
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. gestures during a campaign stop at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012.   (AP Photo/Phil Long)

Paul Ryan has on occasion cited Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands, which "is amusing," writes guitarist Tom Morello in Rolling Stone, "because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against." Oh, sure, Ryan has some rage in him: namely rage against women, immigrants, workers, gays, and the poor, writes Morello. "Basically the only thing he's not raging against is the privileged elite he's groveling in front of for campaign contributions."

Real Rage fans, Morello says, take the band's message to heart. Some even become activists "and work tirelessly for a more humane and just planet. Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening." The only hope: "Maybe Paul Ryan is a mole." Maybe he's secretly a revolutionary who, if elected, would "fill Guantanamo Bay with the corporate criminals that are funding his campaign. … But I'm not betting on it." (More Tom Morello stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.