Back in the 90s, I remember seeing more than a few Bible-thumping right-wing zealots running for seemingly-nothing-type elections like school boards and garbage commissioner slots in the local city governments. I remember thinking, “Who the hell would want those jobs?” Later, I realized that the answer to that question was “crazy Bible-thumping wackadoos who want evolution, sex education and civil rights lessons removed from school curriculums and replaced with whatever they think Jesus told them about gays, minorities and women”.
In that sense, they were wildly successful; most local government bodies- from the local school board to county commissioners to state capitols - are filled with right-wing pod-people who built their machine from the ground up and are now now dug into local governments like an Alabama tick. And they’re such a fixture that most people can’t even begin to figure out how to replace them.
Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.
I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!
Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: 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.
“(Paul) Ryan proved himself a man of many dimensions when he revealed his second one: ‘I listen to lectures from the Great Courses in the car… I’m listening to a great one on Voltaire right now. I enjoy studying the Enlightenment, which is an 18th-century debate.’ Yes, the Enlightenment was a fascinating ‘debate’ back in the 18th century, about whether science and reason had a role to play in the public sphere. A debate that, to Republicans, rages on to this day.”—STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)