Tom Morello Calls Out High-Profile Rage Against the Machine Fan Paul Ryan

In a scathing op-ed penned for Rolling Stone magazine, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has some sharp-witted fun with GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan's publicly professed appreciation for his band.

"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," Morello writes before comparing Ryan's admiration of Rage to New Jersey governor Chris Christie's love of Bruce Springsteen and cult leader Charles Manson's love of the Beatles in that both claimed to be fans of the bands, "but didn't understand them."

"Ryan claims that he likes Rage's sound, but not the lyrics," Morello continues. "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."

Morello, a major supporter of Occupy Wall Street and the movement it spawned, could often be found performing at Occupy protests around the country.

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.

Read the rest at RollingStone.com.

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