Since the announcement last Saturday of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate, various news outlets including The New York Times have reported that Ryan cites Rage Against the Machine among his favorite bands. As expected, many followers of the message behind Rage Against the Machine’s music have found this rather curious given Ryan’s political ideology. Last night, in a Rolling Stone op-ed piece, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello responded.
Tom Morello: ‘Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against’
Rage Against the Machine’s guitarist blasts Romney’s VP pick and unlikely Rage fan
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.
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