Everyone that's ever listened to a Rage Against the Machine song can figure out that they're not exactly rooting for guys like Paul Ryan or Mitt Romney. The exception to that last sentence is Paul Ryan himself. Despite their far left ideologies, Ryan considers Rage his favorite band. He's likely a fan because their songs are filled with rage, and rage helps during those exhaustive P90X sessions. He probably isn't even concerning himself too much with the message of songs but Rage guitarist Tom Morello took to Rolling Stone anyway to help set the record straight about how the band feels about Mitt Romney's VP of choice.
According to Morello:
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.
Whoa, Tom sure knows a thing or two about RAGE, huh? Read his full "I don't have anything nice to say about Paul Ryan" rant at Rolling Stone