‘Rage Against the Machine’ Clueless About Paul Ryan

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In 1959, with the help of KGB specialists, Tom Morello’s icon helped found, train and indoctrinate Cuba’s secret police. “Always interrogate your prisoners at night,” Che Guevara ordered his Soviet-armed goons. “A man’s resistance is always lower at night.” Today the world’s largest image of Morello’s hero adorns Cuba’s Ministry of the Interior, the headquarters for Cuba’s STASI and KGB trained secret police.

The man glorified on RATM’s amplifiers and CD covers adopted and enforced decrees against rebellious youth drafted by Stalin’s police chief Lavrenti Beria during The Great Terror. Che Guevara also cheekily signed his correspondence, “Stalin II.”

So who’s clueless here?

Why Paul Ryan of course, according to the media.

Had Tom Morello been born three decades earlier and in Cuba and attempted the “grunge” lifestyle he’d have found himself digging ditches and mass-graves in a prison camp system inspired by the man glorified on his amplifier. Tens of thousands of Cuban youths learned that Che Guevara’s admonitions were more than idle bombast. In Che Guevara the hundreds of Soviet KGB and East German STASI torturers who flooded Cuba in the early ’60s found an extremely eager pupil and fan. By the mid-’60s the crime of a “rocker” lifestyle or effeminate behavior got thousands of youths yanked off Cuba’s streets and parks by secret police and dumped in prison camps with “Work Will Make Men Out of You” in bold letters above the gate and with machine gunners posted “all along the watchtowers.”

But don’t take it from me. Take it from a relatively recent escapee from the regime Che Guevara co-founded, and who is a grunge-rocker to boot. “In Cuba freedom is nonexistent,” he told Mexico’s Proceso magazine. “The regime demands submission. It persecutes all hippies, homosexuals, poets and free thinkers. It employs total repression against them.”

This grunge-rocker’s name is Canek Sanchez Guevara—Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s very grandson. The regime co-founded by his grandfather jailed and tortured Canek for the crime of trying to play some rock music unsanctioned by the Stalinist authorities. Tom Morello might profit from a “jam session” with fellow guitarist Canek Guevara.

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  • Deanr

    out of the mists of time rode a whisper
    and it has gravitated toward sound
    whistful and promising
    it was heard but made no sound
    mocked and bent
    it accepted spilled blood as beat
    fondly carressing man the beast

  • southwood

    Wait a minute; doesn't Ryan want to lift the embargo against Cuba ? Maybe he's not as clueless as you think, Mr.Fontova. Maybe, in fact, not so clueless about the RATM's ideology either. Something to consider. But then again I don't trust Ryan so maybe I am biassed.

    • Omar

      there's no embargo on Cuba. Just limited sanctions. We do some trade with the Castro regime.

      • southwood

        I was just going by what I read but I am not an American. Maybe he wants to remove the remaining sanctions.

        • Ageofreason

          I visited Cuba, not to the tourist enclave at Varadero, but to Havana. Huge numbers of Americans visit Cuba by leaving from airports in Canada or elsewhere. Cuban customs does not stamp passports. The US is a massive trading partner with Cuba, but the Cuban government uses the "sanctions" as the excuse for Cuban poverty. Many Cubans, ignorant of facts, buy into the propaganda lie. One poor devil came up to me in "Habana Viejo" to try to tell me an old yellowed, dog-eared copy of a paperback thriller by "a prominent American author." We engaged in a halting conversation (due to my ignorance of Spanish), and he eventually confided in my perhaps the saddest thing a man has ever said to me, "Cuba is a prison." Those who go to Cuba to hobnob with the leadership are nothing but useful idiots, and that includes the former prime minister of my country, Canada, Pierre Trudeau, who was nothing but a bloody disgrace.

          • Omar

            There are some non-stop flights on American Eagle that travel between Miami and Havana on an almost daily basis.

    • Give_It_a-Chance

      We do trade with China, Russia, and other loathsome countries. I don't in anyway like or support Cuba's regime but dropping the embargo might just break everything up very quickly – i.e. a "Cuban Spring" without the Muslim Brotherhood?

  • http://frontpage.com richard sherman

    Tom Morello's IQ is 5…Everyone knows that.

    • jeff

      Let's face it, there are some really smart people on the Left, we'll call them the 1% ers. But we all know that there is a very fine line between genius and madness. These 1% ers are smart, but they're also mentally- retarded. The other 99% ( of the Left )are just plain ignorant……………..

      • John John Johnny

        and on the right??? Don't pit your angst or point your finger one way or another… their is equally as much ignorance and intelligence on the right. Perhaps one day we may realize that a better direction takes from pieces of both platforms, as each have valuable ideas and flaws

    • Rorshach

      It's that high?

  • davarino

    I wander if they would have the guts to rage against the machine of Cuba, by going to Cuba and protesting the oppression. Oh wait, they wouldnt do that because that is their favorite place. They are staying here to save us from our oppression.

    Talk about clueless.

  • Omar

    Thank you, Mr. Fontova, for exposing the truth about Che Guevara and how the useful idiots who idolize the mass murdering icon are the real clueless ones who don't know that the so-called "guerrilla fighter" was a racist and a bigot.

  • scum

    Uh, am I the only one that realizes this article makes little sense? Fontova should be making the claim that RATM is clueless about Che, not Ryan. And if we're talking about clueless, by Fontova's own admission Ryan loves RATM, so if the entire message of RATM is about loving Che (which it's not, by the way), then clearly it's Ryan who's completely clueless or disconnected from reality. In fact, Fontova's sudden love for striking workers (WHEN DID FPM EVER SIDE WITH STRIKING WORKERS?!?) is bogus. We know that, in reality, article after article on this site attack so-called UNION THUGS (this is apparently the required FPM terminology, if you actually read the articles). In reality, FPM hates workers who strike, and does its best to make striking illegal, JUST LIKE CHE. Senseless article, Fontova.

    • Scum_cleaner

      My guess is that Ryan like the sound not the lyrics. I think it is entirely possible as I enjoy music written by people who's political and social views are not only anti-thetical to mine but worthy of being shot into space forever. And speaking of required terminology "clueless" has definitely reached that point with leftists. Yes, you are the only one.

      • guest

        Exactly, it's like if Paul Ryan came out and said he loved the KKK. It doesn't mean he's racist, he might just like the outfits.

    • HoR_Emperor

      Clearly you didn't read the article. Just as clearly, you're a Leftist idiot.

    • joe

      Do you even engage your brain when you read? No wait, I'm being presumptuous; I doubt you even have a brain to engage. The only part of your "comment" that makes any sense is the name you choose for yourself – scum.

    • https://www.facebook.com/SteveTuc Steve Tucker

      "Ryan specified that the music — rather than lyrics — forms the attraction." Reading and comprehension skills seem to be lacking in this one.

  • guest

    Their music's horrible. Two to three chords with a buzz box. When I first heard it, I thought it was a joke, like those cover songs of Wild Think Sam Kinison did on his comedy albums.

    Better talent: Henry Rollins, Layne Staley, Faith No More, White Zombie, Danzig

    • NoiseIsn'tMusic

      Henry Rollins has talent?

    • Jar

      Rolling Stone considers Morello the 26th greatest guitarist of all time…kind of defeats your argument…sorry….

    • Keenan McAteer

      I'm inclined to disagree. Tom Morello is a genius when it comes to creating awesome riffs and off the wall solos. I don't know to what extent you've listened to them, so perhaps you should give them another try. Just a suggestion. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion though.

  • BS77

    Whenever you see someone wearing a Che T shirt, you are in the presence of an idiot. Rage Against the Machine is a garbage band…..Occupy morons would like them.

    • Jar

      A grammy award-winning garage band…

    • Johnson

      Any band, regardless of if your like them or not, that can motivate thousands upon thousands of people to learn, read, and take action, is powerful as both musicians and artists. Rage moved tons and tons of people. And they did it without stupid cheesy superficial lyrics. You might not like their music, but they are incredibly powerful. If you can't see that, you're completely jaded, with blinders strapped on tight.

      "I try to look back to a past long lost. The blood-donors to the land owner holocaust" – ZDLR

  • clarespark

    Anticommunists should take a look at the power of the anarchist tradition in both Europe and America. I used a Rage Against the Machine record cover to highlight my piece on violent anarchism here: http://clarespark.com/2012/08/16/marx-rivals-and-…. "Marx, rivals, and our enigmatic president."

  • Jim_C

    I'm a liberal, and I think RATM's politics suck.

    Undeniably great sound when they're at their best, though.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, I like left bands myself but that's plain stupid. even McCarthy while putting Bush down would probably not have if he was a fan. The Beatles pretty left did like Elvis Presley

  • cynthia curran

    The left bands of the 60's had better music at least you could understand them better.

  • Mathias

    Musicians should probably avoid social commentary. As a rule, rock musicians are not terribly intelligent and erudite people capable of presenting informed opinions on sociopolitical issues. Tom Morello typifies the type by spewing ignorant, unfounded emotional rants that are largely or wholly untrue. Instead of thinking for himself and subjecting the facts to a reasoned analysis, he’s just mindlessly absorbed the usual warped hard-left propaganda that pass for “cool political opinions” in today’s creative scene.

    There are some exceptions, like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, I suppose. But in general, being good at playing a guitar or singing songs doesn’t automatically equip you to be a credible social critic any more than being good at driving a bulldozer or assembling floral potpourri arrangements does.

    • You Mom

      So anyone who works their ass off to have a career as an artist, musician, writer, film maker, should keep their voice out of social commentary? You, Sir, are an idiot. You don't have to like the opinion, but if you earned a large audience by writing lyrics, and singing songs, you might want to share your two cents. Not to mention, they earned their audience, by having a political/social voice.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, I think the embargo has not change the government in 50 years, so maybe the Vietnam approach would work better. I know a lot on the right still want the embargo which has never got Castro out of power.

    • Omar

      There is no embargo on Cuba. Just limited sanctions. The U.S. is one of Cuba's top food suppliers in the world. And the reason why the so-called "embargo"( i.e. limited sanctions) was put in place was because the Castro regime stole huge amounts of dollars worth of stock from U.S. companies. Castro vowed that he would never repay anything for what he stole, which was the only promise he kept in his life. The regime hasn't changed because it is treated with kid gloves by its allies at the UN. Bottom line: the U.S. does trade with Cuba., but the Castro regime uses the "embargo" lie as an excuse for its failures over the past half century.

  • Deanr

    living up to each others standards
    your acceptance of or recourse
    isnot it funny how were all spread about
    use to be mostly on the job
    now its all just chat
    who understands who?
    evil loves itself for what it is
    some see it as light
    some see it all ready defeated

  • http://twitter.com/QBkilla75 @QBkilla75

    Maybe you're also clueless as to what RATM's message is? you stupid goon.