Humberto Fontova

Paul Ryan claims fondness for the music of Rage Against the Machine, a hard-left, union-backing and "peace-marching," grunge group. Ryan specified that the music -- rather than lyrics -- forms the attraction. For this, the band's outraged lead guitarist (Harvard-graduate) Tom Morello recently took to the pages of Rolling Stone magazine to denounce Ryan as "clueless."

"Ryan is the embodiment of the Machine our music Rages against!" raved and ungrateful Morello, proving that for leftists it’s “politics uber alles!” (Can you imagine Ted Nugent or Trace Adkins insulting their customers?) "Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing,” continued the scandalized Morello. "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."

Rage Against the Machine honor Che Guevara as their icon and “fifth band member.” "We've considered Che a fifth band member for a long time now," gushed (Harvard-graduate) Tom Morello, "for the simple reason that he exemplifies the integrity and revolutionary ideals to which we aspire." The Stalinist mass-murderer’s image features prominently in RATM’s amps and album covers.

Let's consider the two issues and determine who’s genuinely “clueless” here.

A Rock group (RATM) boasts that the central inspiration to their "irreverent” music and “anti-authority” image is the co-founder of a totalitarian regime that outlawed Rock Music, Graffiti and "disrespect to authorities"--all under penalty of forced labor, torture and firing squad.

“Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates,” commanded Che Guevara in a famous speech in 1961 where he denounced the very “spirit of rebellion” as “reprehensible.” “Youth must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service. Youth must learn to think and act as a mass…it is criminal to think of individuals!”

"Union activists" (RATM) have made central to their music and image a Stalinist who outlawed strikes under penalty of prison and firing squad.

"By no means can Cuban workers go on strike!" declared Cuba's "Minister of Industries" (Che Guevara) on June 26, 1961. "Cuban workers must adjust to life a collectivist social order!"

"Peace activists" (RATM) have made central to their music and image the boastful blusterer of the following:


Humberto Fontova

Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.