Tom Morello Responds to Paul Ryan

A right wing radical (and now Vice Presidential candidate) Paul Ryan had the balls to list Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands. He must not have ever listened to any of their lyrics. He sounds like your typical jock frat boy type who got pissed after watching Fight Club because he thought it was about fighting. So Tom Morello responds and puts him in his place:

Morello says the only ‘rage’ Ryan has is ‘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.’

“I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is,” Morello continued. “Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “F— 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!”

Read up on Tea Party Ryan’s stances on everything here:

Ryan on Civil Rights

  • Ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Apr 2012)
  • Annual pilgrimage to Selma AL for 1965 march anniversary. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 36% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)

Ryan on Foreign Policy

  • American decline as world power is a choice, not a certainty. (Apr 2012)
  • Foreign-owned national debt puts US at risk during crises. (Apr 2012)
  • America is the most pro-human idea ever conceived. (Sep 2010)
  • Voted NO on supporting democratic institutions in Pakistan. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Sep 2008)
  • Voted NO on deterring foreign arms transfers to China. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on reforming the UN by restricting US funding. (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on keeping Cuba travel ban until political prisoners released. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on withholding $244M in UN Back Payments until US seat restored. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on $156M to IMF for 3rd-world debt reduction. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. (May 2000)
  • Voted NO on $15.2 billion for foreign operations. (Nov 1999)
  • Multi-year commitment to Africa for food & medicine. (Apr 2001)
  • Withhold UN funding until voluntary and program-specific. (Aug 2011)
  • Rated -3 by AAI, indicating a anti-Arab anti-Palestine voting record. (May 2012)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (Mar 2007)
  • Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide, as official US policy. (Mar 2009)
  • Commitment to unbreakable U.S.-Israel bond. (Mar 2010)
Ryan on Welfare and Poverty

  • End federal food stamps with block grant to the states. (Apr 2012)
  • Direct federal grants to persistently impoverished districts. (Apr 2012)
  • Food stamp program is rife with waste, fraud & abuse. (Apr 2012)
  • Time-limit & work requirement for need-based aid. (Apr 2012)
  • Left federal barriers to community & institution empowerment. (Apr 2012)
  • Voted NO on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (Mar 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing $70 million for Section 8 Housing vouchers. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on promoting work and marriage among TANF recipients. (Feb 2003)
  • Voted YES on treating religious organizations equally for tax breaks. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on responsible fatherhood via faith-based organizations. (Nov 1999)
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