Posts Tagged ‘1%’

Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice President, Paul Ryan, has stirred up the political controversy in the media. Calling him, “Mitt’s left wing” Ryan already has a view of the Catholic conservative that either you love or you hate. Though broadcasted on CNN, I found it very interesting that on Ryan’s Facebook page, the outlet where we as the people can connect to Ryan and understand him at a deeper level, there listed is one of his favorite bands…Rage Against the Machine.

Rage Against the Machine, the greatest politically charged band of our generation, (and my favorite band that I have a tattoo dedicated for) has lyrics that specifically aim their anger and frustration at the “1%”, and the majority of the Republican Party. Tom Morello, guitarist of Rage Against the Machine and Harvard University graduate, wrote about his view on Paul Ryan’s choice of band in an Opinion piece blogged on Rolling Stone.

Morello states in the article, “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.”

If not a fan of Rage or if not having heard of them, then you can’t exactly understand to the extent on the contradiction of Paul Ryan’s choice. I mean, the band name itself, “RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE,” Let’s think, who is the machine? Rage is the anthem to many rebel groups in the U.S., the fact that Paul Ryan is a supporter of the music means in a sense, he supports the message behind it. Hear me on this, Rage sings about Native American genocide, American imperialism, rebelling against authority, and to think that Paul Ryan’s conservative beliefs and strong outlook in the republican party can actually stand to listen and understand the music? If coming from that standpoint, how could you support that? So the question is this, is Paul Ryan’s love for Rage a possible leak of socialist and democratic out looks, or is he just simply ignorant?

-Lakota Gambill