Sunday, August 19, 2012

Roll Over, Tom Lehrer! Make Way For Tom Morello!

The Big Doofus played Rage Against The Machine as theme music for his early campaign appearances. Heavy metal to pump up the adrenalin in the Dumbo/Teabagger audiences until the band notified the Dumbos to cease and desist playing Rage Against The Machine. The Big Doofus must be tone-deaf. View Rage Against The Machine (Tom Morello is shirtless and wears a billed-cap.) and see why The Big Doofus can espouse Ayn Rand even though she was an athiest and a pro-choice advocate. The Big Doofus likes to work out to the anarchist-rock of Rage Against The Machine because the fool likes the tunes, but he hasn't a clue about the lyrics.

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"Killing In The Name" (1993)
By Rage Against The Machine

Harvard produced two musical sons named Tom and nether would find anything attractive about The Big Doofus. Tom Lehrer and Tom Morello both attacked/attack those public figures who reek of duplicity. If this is (fair & balanced) rage at Dumbo hypocrisy, so be it.

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Paul Ryan Is The Embodiment Of The Machine Our Music Rages Against
By Tom Morello

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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.

You see, the super rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend while millions of children in the U.S. go to bed hungry every night. So, when they look themselves in the mirror, they convince themselves that "Those people are undeserving. They're. . . lesser." Some of these guys on the extreme right are more cynical than Paul Ryan, but he seems to really believe in this stuff. This unbridled rage against those who have the least is a cornerstone of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

But Rage's music affects people in different ways. Some tune out what the band stands for and concentrate on the moshing and throwing elbows in the pit. For others, Rage has changed their minds and their lives. Many activists around the world, including organizers of the global occupy movement, were radicalized by Rage Against the Machine and work tirelessly for a more humane and just planet. Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening.

My hope is that maybe Paul Ryan is a mole. Maybe Rage did plant some sensible ideas in this extreme fringe right wing nut job. Maybe if elected, he'll pardon Leonard Peltier. Maybe he'll throw U.S. military support behind the Zapatistas. Maybe he'll fill Guantanamo Bay with the corporate criminals that are funding his campaign — and then torture them with Rage music 24/7. That's one possibility. But I'm not betting on it. Ω

[Thomas Baptiste (Tom) Morello is a Grammy Award-winning (1997, 2001) guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine (1991–2000; 2007–present), Audioslave (2001–2007), his acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman (2003–present), and his newest group, Street Sweeper Social Club (2006–present). Morello is also the co-founder (along with Serj Tankian) of the non-profit political activist organization Axis of Justice, which airs a monthly program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK (90.7 FM) in Los Angeles. He graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies.]

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