Like Paul Ryan, I’m a Gen X-er. Like Paul Ryan, I like Rage Against the Machine. Mind you, I don’t like them as much as I used to, but I could still listen to an album. But it’s not because of their politics that I don’t listen to them as much these days. For I still listen fairly regularly to bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, and Lagwagon. In high school (and into early twenties) I was a huge Suicidal Tendencies fan, but I also listened to bands like Propaghandi, Pennywise, and Social D.. I still can sing many of these songs by heart. Two final remarks to secure the in vogue desiderata of “authenticity”: I have over ten tattoos, back in the day I ruled the mosh pit, and I didn’t go to the small clubs sporting an ‘x X x’ on my body or clothing (for those in the know).
Now that I’ve established my leftist punk rock (at least SoCal punk rock) bona fides I’ll get on with the point. Currently there’s been some buzz surrounding Paul Ryan’s admission that he likes the band Rage Against the Machine. Apparently, Rage is included with other bands like Metallica, and musicians ranging from Beethoven to Hank Williams Jr., on Ryan’s Facebook page. In response to this news, many liberals reacted with a fervor in-line with Sayre’s Law, which states: “In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake.” It’s just a band Ryan likes, guys. Relax, sit back, and enjoy the below argumentative polemic. Read the rest of this entry »