Maybe Rage Against the Machine needs to seriously look through their lyrics to wonder how in the world someone like Vice Presidential Hopeful Paul Ryan is jamming out to their music while trying to manipulate a budget to favor the rich.
Poor Tom Morello. I grieve for that cat and his entire band. You know you are minding your own damn business as one of the most political hardcore bands of its generation (in respect to Ryan as we are both in our forties: Our generation) you get some news reporter calling your ass up and informing you that one of your biggest fans is the guy whose every move he has ever made in his life is diametrically opposed to the lyrics and intent of your band:
Reuters: Hello, This is Reuters.
Morello: Hey, What up?
Reuters: Vice Presidential hopeful Paul Ryan says he is a Rage Against The Machine Fan.
Morello: Oh what the flying fuck! I was minding my own damn business...
What is even worse? You know Ryan had the means to attend one of their concerts. Absolutely rocking out to Take The Power Back front row reserved via a friend from Ticketmaster or some sort. Trying to mosh or some other dubious dumb shit you don't really do to not look like a jack hole at a Rage Against the Machine concert.
You know he was the only guy in an Alligator shirt at that concert. You know Paul Ryan had his hair gelled, an alligator shirt with beige Khaki's and sandals trying to mosh at a Rage Against The Machine Concert...smelling of some horrible cologne that was funking up the area around him. You know he got there drunk beforehand. You know he had a flask of vodka. You know he almost got his ass kicked when he grabbed some ladies ass next to him. Not by the boyfriend. But by *her*
You know he went home by himself and then put on Dead Kennedy's music and completely misinterpreted that too. Jello Biafra is one hell of a lucky man right now. Tom Morello? Not so much.
I think he put it succinctly in place when he did exactly what any real Rage Against the Machine Fan would do at our age: Write a piece somewhere on an alternative website.
Well. Except Tom. I mean shit. He's Tom Morello. He gets The Rolling Stone This paragraph specifically made me scream with laughter and probably makes me a bigger Rage Fan than Ryan:
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!
I was thinking the same damn thing too. Was it the moment of the lyrics:
We need a movement with a quickness
You are the witness of change
And to counteract
We gotta take the power back
That Paul Ryan thought at that concert: FUCK YEAH!! FUCK SOCIAL SECURITY. FUCK THE OLD PEOPLE! GOT TO TAKE THE POWER BACK! Why is there a three foot perimeter around me? What?? Is it my kick ass cologne?? Fuck you! Take the POWER BACK!
Maybe it's not Morello that should reexamine his lyrics to wonder why someone like Paul Ryan likes his band. Maybe, just maybe Paul Ryan should really wonder how the hell he completely misunderstood these lyrics. Not only for the sake of every republican like him going "Are you *kidding us*" but for himself and his comprehension skills that are now seriously in question.
Or maybe this lyric will help, Paul:
Sick of sick of sick of sick of you
Time has come to pay...
Know your enemy!
Your enemy, Mr. Ryan...just might be Rage Against The Machine. Or...have you become some whacked version of Bob Roberts and trying to reclaim shit that aint even yours.
I really hope you are just a dimwit as the former and not as evil as the latter.
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