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Thanks to Andrei for sending me this.

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello took shots at President Obama and Paul Ryan in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

On Vice Presidential candiate Paul Ryan: “[Rage] is a band that casts the nets really wide, and that’s part of the strength of the band. People are drawn to it by the music, the aggression, the rockingness of it, and then they’re exposed to different ideas. Paul Ryan was a jackass before he listened to it, came out a jackass at the end, so he missed a lot of it.”

On President Barack Obama: “I drank a little bit of the kool-aid initially,” he sighed, referring of the cult of personality around the candidate four years ago. “It looked different than any other president, sounded different than any other president, and then he acted the same as all the other presidents. If you have war crimes on your record, and you still continue to suck at the corporate teat like he does — my hopes were higher.”

  • Kris

    Well at least he’s consistent … Let’s face it, the guys doesn’t seem to like any politician unless they are Hugo Chavez or Fidel Castro.

  • Robert

    I do maybe agree on his stands on Obama but Tom is a communist socialist too. How do he takes a shot at Ryan? Ryan has every right to listen to whatever the fuck he wants to. I agree what Ryan stands for.

  • Is he one?

    @Robert I don’t think you got it man…

  • gsush

    If one of the most intellectual rock musicians has only just realised that no matter who is president of the USA makes no difference to the end game because corporations run the country and not presidents, this ultimatly means that a high percentage of Americans will be completely clueless as to what really goes on in there country!

    I always thought that TOM MORELLO would have known this way before Obama was even thought about as a potential presidential candidate.

  • Kris

    @Robert: You got it right dude!

  • Is he one?

    Yeah sure Robert got it right and Obama is a “communist socialist”. Wake up people, you have to be politically illiterate to think that, believe me. USA is eyes-wide shut politically if most people think that.

  • Peter

    @Robert Define “communist socialist”.

  • Kris

    I’ll define it in my own terms. A communist socialist is someone who expects people who work hard and make sacrifices to give away their money for the “common good” (a.k.a. people who take advantage of the system and sit on their asses to collect money). For example, I work my ass off and get taxed to help the people that do jack-shit and keep reproducing! However, a communist socialist also likes to apply this concept to others AS LONG AS it doesn’t effect their own world. Many Hollywood elites for example like their limos and mansions but expect us average folks to give away our hard-earnings.

    I’m sure you guys will call me all kinds of names now and say how stupid and ignorant I am. You asked for a definition and I supplied it.

  • Capitalist Pig

    I’m right there with you, Kris. Freeloaders – and the bleeding-heart politicians who want us to pay for them – can fuck off. Only delusional dreamers like Morello believe in some collective socialist Utopia. People with common sense believe in the right to pursue personal Utopia, and if we don’t get there, we know it’s our own damn fault. I’m not saying there aren’t people out there who need assistance, but come on… On this large a scale? Wake the fuck up, people.

  • Maverick785

    Tom probably should keep his mouth shut on these matters as long as he continues to profit from things like a totally unnecessary remaster of his band’s debut album.

  • Capitalist Pig

    Yeah, socialists like Morello love living in a capitalistic society. It provides them the opportunity to become filthy fucking rich and the freedom to complain about filthy fucking rich people.

  • Order of happy

    man everyone is getting mad on this page. so to make it all better have some cotton candy!

  • Calvin McLain

    Morello puts his money where his mouth is. Supporting more Americans than any politician ever with the amount of benefits of average causes which he supports. It’s a lot easier to talk shit about someone then to get out in the community and make a difference, and Tom gets out there. I’ve met him many times and been on stage with him, he is as down to earth friendly as they come. He hits the nail right on the head with Obama here. I remember him mentioning how they both had a lot of similarities back in ’08. But he’s learned now, new bottle same whine…

  • Capitalist Pig

    I don’t object to Morello’s altruism, but I do object to his idiotic and inherently flawed ideology. Just because you do good deeds with your riches, that doesn’t mean your stupidity is excused.

  • GenXLady

    Morello is totally entitled to his views. The thing that bothers me is when someone puts it out there in such a “My views are right, and everyone who doesn’t see it that way is wrong” sort of way. Put it out there, but don’t call people jackasses because they don’t agree with you. That dilutes the message, in my opinion.

  • Spoonman

    paul ryan isnt a jackass because he disagrees with morello. he is a jackass because he is a lying manipulative fuck

  • Capitalist Pig

    I’m quite certain Ryan is a lying manipulative fuck. I’d say the same about Romney. But if Morello is smart enough to see that, why couldn’t he see that Obama was a lying manipulative fuck in 2008? Because he practices selective intelligence; the candidate who said what he wanted to hear at the time clearly couldn’t have been a jackass, right? Wrong, and now he sees that. Well guess what, Tom? Welcome to American politics.

  • GenXLady

    I agree Capitolist Pig. That is partly what I was meaning too, but you said it much better.

  • pretty penny

    Not sure about Morello’s judgment call on Ryan, but hot damn Ryan is a good-lookin’ dude imo!

  • Marxist Hypocrisy 101

    Morello is a totalitarianism-fetishizing jackass with a soft spot for genocide, censorship and oppression.

    Who cares what this dimwit linestepping moron thinks or says?

  • Marxist Hypocrisy 101

    “Morello puts his money where his mouth is”

    No he doesn’t, and you’re an idiot for thinking that making some publicity grabs at an OWS beerputsch or donating money to socialist fanatic groups comprises anything close to helping people.