Opinion: Tom Morello’s misguided rage
On Friday, I read Tom Morello’s op-ed slamming Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who was recently named as Mitt Romney’s running mate, with humor. Admittedly, I’ve never been much of a Rage Against the Machine fan, but I do listen to a lot of music, mostly punk rock, where political opinions are easily found.
I put together a piece for The Daily Caller on Friday evening looking at Morello’s comments, also noting that view of a statist government is truly a way into slavery for America and his praise of Che Guevara, a vicious murderer, is truly perplexing:
[I]t is ironic that Morello, who fancies himself as a defender of the so-called “99 percent” while at the same time making millions selling his music, frequently promotes Che Guevara, the Marxist “revolutionary” who in 1959 assisted Fidel Castro in the violent overthrow of Cuba’s Batista regime.
Guevara, whose image can often be found on T-shirts sported by middle-class white kids, was nothing short of a murderer. As explained in “The History of Ernesto Che Guevara — A Short Story,” Guevara personally oversaw the execution of some 2,000 political prisoners and became known as the “Butcher of La Cabana.” Only 180 of his victims have been documented.
Guevara also discouraged the youth of Cuba from questioning “governmental mandates.” He said, “Instead, they must dedicate themselves to study, work, and military service” and “should learn to think and act as a mass.” Not unlike Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and other collectivists, Guevara was hostile to the idea of individualism, calling it a “criminal act to think of individuals.”
Tell me, Mr. Morello, is this the sort of thing you want to see in the United States?
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