Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello writes in Rolling Stone that Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (who claims to be a fan of the band) “is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades.”
“Don't mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta ‘rage’ in him,” Morello writes. “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.”
Rolling Stone, of course, is a kind of samizdat for political dissidents among the cultural elite.
At one of their concerts just before the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Dixie Chicks famously declared: “Just so you know…. We do not want this war, this violence, and we're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”
And what can you say about Ted Nugent?
Among his less profane or vulgar political pronouncements, he’s described the Obama administration as "vile," "evil" and "America-hating,” and he’s suggested that if the President is reelected “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
For sure, government officials are keeping a close eye on such things.