Aww, poor little rich “revolutionary” boy Tom Morello is in a snit because Paul Ryan likes his music. Oddly enough, this is the first lapse in judgment we’ve seen from Ryan.

Mr. Morello took to Rolling Stone (seriously, it still exists) to throw his snit fit.

It’s not very revolutionary to whine, dude. Sort of embarrassing, really.

Here is the start of the “article”; the first paragraph is the editorial note from Rolling Stone:

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.

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.

We weren’t aware that only “the right kind” of people, who get “nuance” and stuff, were allowed to like Rage Against The Machine. Perhaps only his BFFs in the “99 percent” are allowed. All those 1 percenters who pad Mr. Morello’s own 1 percent-y coffers? Need. Not. Apply.

Perhaps he should give back their icky and “tainted” money?

It gets even more hilarious, as unbelievable as that seems. He blathers on about how Ryan actually is totally rage-y, but not in the super cool way: “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.”

Oh, honey. Deluded, much? Or are you just that much of a reprehensible Liar McLiarPants? The entire op-ed shows only one thing: That Mr. Morello has become his own self-parody. Twitter users are at the ready to call out the RATM guitarist for his hypocrisy and his idiocy. His sanctimony? It scorches.

Indeed. People who actually value liberty and individualism? They are on Team Romney/Ryan. Perhaps they will also stop buying RATM albums as well. Surely Mr. Morello doesn’t want any other fans who don’t “get” the music and who aren’t the right kind of people.

  • Chad

    This was posted on Rolling Stone, but was deleted

    Mr. Morello, Thou art hypocrite.

    For the bulk of you tenure of RATM, you were signed to a huge corporate
    company called Sony. I have always viewed your ‘Smash the Systems’ music as
    hypocritical as you needed the mouth piece of a massive record company to get
    your message out pre-internet.Also, it doesn’t surprise me that you are
    tied to the hip of the left. It’s been that way for musicians so long you have
    no idea why you are so far on the left.

    Throughout the years, political activism within the music community has held an uncanny ability to always stand on the left side of political idealism. Historically, musicians seem quite happy to be blissfully ignorant about its rather cozy relation to the Left. So how did the Left become the only acceptable political ideologically suited to the musician? Much like how Scientologists target celebrities, in the 1920s The
    Kremlin went a recruitment drive.

    Music containing Leftist ideals can
    be traced back to the tenants of Bolshevism. Until the late 30’s, the American
    Communist Party of the United States of America had an identity crisis. The
    members of the CPUSA were mostly foreign-born with only one seventh of these
    20,000 members who spoke English. (Nathan, Glazer, The Social Bias of American
    Communism (New York: Harcourt, Brace, and World, 1961, Page 61). The Kremlin
    then urged the CPUSA to assimilate more towards American culture and adapt its
    ideals towards it. It included publishing English language newspapers,
    attracting the worker and using the art of the proletarian to spread its
    message. One of the agendas of the Kremlin took was (Russian) folk music was
    viewed as the “Music of the People”. This meant embracing and exalting the genre
    of folk. Injecting political lyrics would also activated the people politically
    and help spread their message to the illiterate classes. Using this emphasis,
    rural folk music of America was perfect for adaptation by the CPUSA to meet
    these means. The Kremlin’s Americanization of folk music subtlety superimposed
    Communistic ideals into folk music forever altering the genre that created the
    stereotype of the folk singers sprouting ‘Songs of Protest’ or ‘Songs of
    Persuasions’. 2: R. Serge, Denisoff, Great Day Coming (Chicago: University of
    Illinois Press, Chapter 1 ‘Folk Consciousness as Utopian Ideology Pages 3 –

    Once this templete was estabalished, the left recuited the musician by
    offering the only sound political outlook. With that in template in place, the 1930s Woody Guthrie begat a 1960’s Joan Baez in the same way it fuled a 1960’s mC5 radicalism template to the 90’s RATM faux Corporate radicalism into the delusional notion of who can hear his pre-recorded music, and that it
    can only be consumed by a certain populas sharing his poltiical views.

    By adopting a selective bias against people who don’t share your political
    views (like Paul Ryan) Morello is still showing discrimination, which he finds
    deplorable in others. I never considered RATM to be that significant, and if
    you want to see a band that used a political activist template by living what
    they played, you could see CRASS, At the Drive-In, or Ian McKaye of Dischord.
    Using Rolling Stone to pen a Op-Ed to attack your political opposite is like acting surprised after hearing Clay Aiken is Gay.

    Original Comment now removed:

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      Drooling Stone hates the truth.

    • EastValleyConservative

      You are correct in the targeting. If they target the mainstream celebrities and musicians, they can make it seem relevant. As for scientology–they need the celebrities for their money. The average person doesn’t have millions to give to the church. They embrace the celebrity and give them some high position in the church. (Tom Cruise)

    • disqus_LASIg6epmj

      I think HuffPo is also notorious for only allowing certain comments. I thought liberals were all about free thought and so on…

      • A Willful Boy

        Emily’s List has a technique of letting poorly-written diatribes by supposed right-wingers through, but not approving polite, well-reasoned counterpoints. :(

  • Penny Robinson Fan Club

    Oh who cares? Suck band. Didn’t Green Day say they didn’t want Republicans listening to them too? Pretentious stuck up twits.

  • douchie

    Apparently when you want to make government smaller and make it fiscally sound for future generations, you are the MACHINE. I’ve tuned out the lyrics of most bands long enough that I didn’t catch that.

    • TonyMontana3

      You clearly don’t know much about Paul Ryan.

      • $30423294

        You don’t know much about Obama.

        • Robbie, American!!

          We know FAR TOO MUCH about Obama….and therein lies the problem.

      • Owen007

        And you do? Well, you’re a guy writing one sentence jibes on the Internet. Of course, you do. *rolls eyes*

      • Hello Jerry (D)


      • Larry Baron

        well, enlighten us, if you are such an expert.

      • Corey Dennison

        We already know more about Ryan than we do about your Chicago messiah.

    • Ntr

      Well, a machine typically runs efficiently. Something lefties tend to hate because they have nothing to gain control over in government. So, instead, they grab for minds. Which explains the Democratic party since its beginnings.

  • lazypadawan

    Maybe Paul Ryan actually hates RATM and said it’s his favorite band just to tick them off. I know I’d do the same thing.

  • rinodino

    lol, righties are FLAMING mad because certain rock and roll stars tell them to stop playing their music, stick with Randy Travis type of artist like you normally do and you won’t get all “Unhinged” lol

    • TonyMontana3

      And they don’t even have anything intelligent to say, just name-calling and repeating “aww” many times. I don’t think these bloggers are even grown-ups.

      • Owen007

        At what point have you ever had anything intelligent to say? You just whine about people that disagree with you. Is that you’re way of telling us that you’re not a grown-up?

      • Hello Jerry (D)

        Please come back when you graduate 5th grade. Same goes to Dave Travis as well.

      • vino veritas

        You seem to come here only to post messages to yourself, then reply to yourself. You consistently ignore substantive replies to you, consistently project and do exactly what you accuse the ‘righties’ of doing and consistently continue to display utter nonsensical hypocrisy in every post you make. IOW basically the only thing your consistent on is being an outright jackass of an idiot. BTW. . you do realize that, in the movie, Tony Montana hated communism & socialism and was a fervent capitalist right? He came to a realization later that crony capitalism and corruption were ruining this country in similar fashion to the way Castro’s communism destroyed Cuba.

        • TonyMontana3

          I replied to Dave Travis, moron.

          • vino veritas

            I know who you replied to and if you had basic reading comprehension abilities you would immediately see that I did direct my post to you, dingbat. What.. you think because I quoted a word from dingy dave’s message up there in my post to you that I meant to direct my post to him?? Hah.. dealing with just 1 of you libtards is annoying enough, especially since all you idiots ever spew is the same kind of partisan group think propaganda so what the hell is the point of separately addressing you 2 when you are both vomit the same crap?

      • Shelby is a Patriot

        All you do is troll, so you’re clearly not a “grown-up” either.

      • Corey Dennison

        …said the boy who has most likely never had to pay taxes, make a mortgage payment or show any sort of responsibility in his miserable little liberroid life.

    • Male Factor

      Maybe you should put down the internet access device you’re using to troll here. After all, capitalism brought it to you, poser!

    • Owen007

      What do “rock and roll stars” have to do in a story devoted to Tom Morello?

      • John Hanover

        The real question what does RATM have to do with Rock N’ Roll ? The 1% rock concert will never play all the bands are delusional as to who gets to close.

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      I see one of Tom Moron’s 5 listeners is upset!

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Liberals give death threats when someone in Hollywood (or anyone, for that matter) disagrees with them.

      • TonyMontana3

        Conservatives give death threats when someone anywhere disagrees with them.

        • Shelby is a Patriot

          Such as…?

        • Corey Dennison


          Oh, and idiot.

        • vino veritas

          You must be referring to those rabid right wing extremist occupuker’s of course! What kind of atmosphere do you libs breath in this alice in wonderland world you all live in? I think its mostly composed of helium and THC.

    • Corey Dennison

      “Flaming” mad? Really? Seems to me, most folks here are having a good time poking holes in Morello’s giant ego.

      But it sure is nice of YOU to decide what types of people can listen a certain type of music. SIEG HEIL, baby.

  • $30423294

    Couldn’t you just have named your band “I hate America” or something really direct?

    The whole confusion would have been avoided.

    • Ntr

      Rage Against the Machine is a reference to when Tom Morello was a sort of secretary/intern for Alan Cranston in the 80s. After Alan Cranston’s office got some robocall machines, Morello lost most of his duties and self-worth along with it. He really hated those machines! Hence, Rage Against the Machine 😀

  • TonyMontana3

    Who is writing these articles? A 6-year-old? Why do you have to start name-calling?

    ” Or are you just that much of a reprehensible Liar McLiarPants? ”

    What does that even mean?? GROW UP!! Do you have any real arguments?!?!?

    • Ntr

      Wanna see the ‘real arguments’ successfully lambasting Tom Morello? Just read the comments. Or head back to whatever hole you climbed out of. You’re out of your element here.

    • Owen007

      So you call the writer of the article a 6-year-old and then bemoan name-calling? I’m sure the irony is lost on you… as would be a lot of things.

      • TonyMontana3

        He is a 6-year-old. He has to be.

        • J. Cox

          And your a parrot troll…SQUAWK..and a bad one at lets hear your intelligent and witty comeback…I’ll wait till you find a grown-up to write it out for you.

        • Corey Dennison

          …said the 3-year old liberal diaper-soiler.

      • Corey Dennison

        To a moron lib like tony, “Irony” is a type of metal. You know, like “Goldy” and “Silvery.”

    • Hello Jerry (D)

      You clearly have no arguments, only hurling insults like a typical crybaby libturd.

    • Corey Dennison

      Waaahhhh….waaaahhhhh! People are making jokes while making their points! Waaahhhh! Conservatives are suposed to be not funny and stuff! Waaaahhhh!


    • Scott Simmons

      Tony, didn’t you say to Julie earlier, “Your mom is retarded”?

  • Ntr

    Says the guy buying his mansions with money he made in this ‘evil empire’.

    The only thing revolutionary about this idiot is well…nothing. That goes for “the quitter” Zack de la Rocha too. Their music cries for “revolution” while Tom’s a** does meet and greets, at a distance from the smelly people, at Occupy Protests. Then goes back to his cozy mansion still pretending he’s a part of the “99%” and Occupy still believes he understands their ‘struggle’. All BS. He’s another Democrat-friendly individual with a history of working with them going back to (at least) the 80s. All-around, he’s a joke.

  • Male Factor

    Isn’t it funny that per Rolling Stone, Manson didn’t understand the Beatles and Christie doesn’t understand Springsteen? From the captioned potion of the article, it’s fairly clear that Tom Morello doesn’t understand Paul Ryan. And, By the way, I understand Rage Against The Machine and still think they fairly suck! The! I said it!

    • Owen007

      Let’s be fair. Tom Morello probably doesn’t understand a lot of things. Paul Ryan just happens to be one of them. Also included, “quality music” and “coherent thought.”

      • j_d_

        Tom Morello is just another leftist who never has been capable of original thinking…

    • Ars21689

      I don’t think Tom Morello understands Tom Morello. If he really believes all the crap he spews, his lifestyle certainly doesn’t reflect it.

    • TonyMontana3

      Paul Ryan doesn’t understand RATM.

      • TomJB

        Its fairly easy to understand RATM. There is more intelligence in the average RATM mosh pit than in the lyrics. It is simple English, Tony, and by simple I mean not much room for nuance with “F- YOU I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!” Nothing like repeating the same line 10 times in a row to fill a track.

        Its a shame, because the music rocks. Just an #epicfail when it comes to “sending a message”

  • Robbie, American!!

    Tee Hee!

  • Owen007

    Wait, Rage Against the Machine is a real band? I thought it was just a joke people made up to make fun of crappy music.

  • Julie

    I think Tom is a talented and interesting guitar player.But as far as politics??What a dick- He is politically retarded and naive.And dont get me started on the joke that is Rolling Stone Magazine……

    • Larry Baron

      Tom who?

    • TonyMontana3

      Your mom is retarded.

      • Corey Dennison

        Wow…what a cogent and relevent point!


    • Michael

      No offense, Julie, but I disagree. Morello’s playing sounds like someone playing a washboard with a megaphone or a little kid that got his first effects pedal and suddenly thinks he’s Henry Kaiser. Not that a little kid nor Morello would be familiar with Kaiser’s experimental work, but you get the point.

  • Hello Jerry (D)

    Lemme guess, Tom Moron supports OWS as well?

  • $1718659

    RATM plays “music”? By what definition is that noise music?

  • disqus_LASIg6epmj

    Okay, peeps. I’m a musician and while I’m no expert on ASCAP, etc policies, here’s the gist as I understand it. If a venue pays for licensing of songs, they are allowed to use such songs. Remember when Heart whined about Palin using “Barracuda”? Out of courtesy, they stopped using the song. Same as here. Additionally, this song was randomly played during SET UP. It’s not like it was used as intro music.

    It’s the same as when clubs pay to fees to these song-writing orgs (ASCAP, BMI, etc). It enables their DJs & bands that play these places to play covers (in a band’s case). Basically, it makes the band who whines about this look like a jerk and a whiner when the venue is legally entitled to play it. Please correct me if I’m wrong (really–I’m serious). As a member of a band who largely does originals with the occasional cover, I’ve got to know this stuff.

    • disqus_LASIg6epmj

      PS: I’m referring to Silversun Pickups here. I liked them until they became whiners. Have any conservative/libertarian artists whined about being used during a Dem/liberal event? I can’t recall it, but I’m totally open to being proved wrong.

      For a band audition a few years ago, I had to learn a RatM song. Ugh. The whole time I played it, I cringed. LOL

    • Corey Dennison

      Is what you’re decribing known as “Fair Use?” I heard the term mentioned before in ’08, but could only guess what it meant with regard to using artists’ songs in public venues and gatherings.

      Trying to learn… =)

      • disqus_LASIg6epmj

        The way I understand it is that venues pay a licensing fee to ASCAP or other song writing orgs to be able to play songs. I’m no entertainment law expert, but I *think* that’s how it works. If there are any entertainment lawyers on here, pls speak up! :) It says something that these campaigns (Palin in ’08 & Mitt now) are being nice and merely saying, “Okay, we won’t use your stuff” rather than they (IIRC) could legally tell these bands to stuff it. LOL

        • disqus_LASIg6epmj

          I think it comes down to that if you create a product for public consumption (whether music or a cell phone or whatever), you can’t specify who can buy it and who can’t. I think in the case of intellectual property (like a song) as long as it is not being used to make money, it’s legal to use it. If this had been a fundraiser, maybe the rules are diff. As I said, we need an ent. attorney on here. LOL

          • Corey Dennison

            Thank you! =)


    This Tom fellow is a talented idiot; don’t know his music but I do know he’s an idiot.

  • NWFL Conservative

    Hey Tom, you know what I find to be the funniest thing about your statement? That you actually have the balls to call that BOVINE SCAT your “band” plays music. I have been a musician for longer than you have been stealing oxygen and producing greenhouse gases and I can tell you with 100% confidence that your “music” is nothing but a compilation of nothing but unsyncopated NOISE and mind-numbingly STUPID lyrics.

    Why don’t you move to Cuba, North Korea or Venezuela and rage against their “machine”. I’ll be you find yourself in a dark and dank prison before the week is out.

  • SideshowJon36

    Is there anyone more “Machine” than Obama?

    He was beloved by the Press, by Academia, and until he screwed them over, by Big Business and the Catholic Church hierarchy. He’s the Definition of “The Machine.”

    Also, Rage sucks.

  • bjigler

    He’s an overrated guitar player anyways, so I could care less.

  • Donna G

    So a musty guitar player crawls out of a crack in his mansion walls, and says he doesn’t like Ryan because he’s rich – and Morello has a net worth 10xs that of Ryan – yet Ryan is the 1%.
    I wonder how much in taxes Morello has paid, and if he’s bothered to help feed the poor lately?

  • Wishsong

    I like their music…I’ve never seen it as being against any political party, more so against government corruption in general.

  • $30423294

    Seriously, thinking people can read a lot into the metaphor of “the machine” as I’m sure the band’s founder did.

    For some, the “machine” might be the popular clique in high school that spreads intolerance and misery. For others, the “machine” might be the family they’re part of that doesn’t give them a voice.

    If Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan found something to resonate with in raging against the machine, the band should be proud that they gave voice to a human being.

    Instead, it looks like THEY are the machine. The nay-saying authority who says “no, you cannot think that thought, you must be punished.”

    Isn’t that ironic? That “rage against the machine” ends up doing the very alienating thing that inspired their existence?


  • ph74

    I actually used to like this bed wetters music, but apparently he made too much money and feels bad about it. He should move to Cuba and give it all away. Idiot.

    • brianmouland

      His group had its moments years ago

  • Stephen Carlson

    Tom Morello’s net worth is estimated around $60 MILLION dollars. He lives in a home worth approximately $1.5 million dollars in the Hollywood Hills. The only thing he rages against is his hair line and which tax shelter/off shore account he’s going to use to keep his cash safe from the taxman. He’s made an absolute fortune spoon feeding leftist bumper sticker che guevara pop culture politics to eager drones that think he’s somehow “raging” while buying another RATM t-shirt made in a sweat shop in China.

    • brianmouland

      A slimmer, balder version of Micheal Moore

  • fugazi71

    I’ve always found it hilarious that “Rage Against the Machine” was signed to Sony. WE HATE THE MAN – but we’ll gladly take his money…

  • Ben Bollman

    Ryan says he likes RATM’s music but not their lyrics, I would say he gets them just fine.

  • scottknight

    I used to love Rage Against the Machine too… when I was 16!
    Reading his article reminded me of this other parody I saw today:

  • john

    Does Mr. Morello know that if reads his tax forms very closely, that he can send more of his income to the government? Than you can be a real 99%er instead of a typical communist blow hard,