Tom Morello Accuses Obama Of War Crimes

The RATM guitarist had harsh words for both parties, and says his vote will be swayed by their policies on poverty.

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Tom Morello has called Republican Paul Ryan a "jack--s", but also had harsh words for President Obama who he accuses of committing war crimes.

The guitarist responded to questions about how Ryan is a big fan of Rage Against The Machine, but told Rolling Stone that Ryan just doesn't get it: "[Rage] is a band that casts the nets really wide, and that's part of the strength of the band. People are drawn to it by the music, the aggression, the rockingness of it, and then they're exposed to different ideas. Paul Ryan was a jackass before he listened to it, came out a jack--s at the end, so he missed a lot of it."

It's not the first time Morello has slammed Mitt Romney's running mate, after previously saying Ryan was "the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."

Despite supporting Obama in 2008, Morello's opinion has changed:

"I drank a little bit of the Kool-Aid initially," he said. "It looked different than any other president, sounded different than any other president and then he acted the same as all the other presidents. If you have war crimes on your record, and you still continue to suck at the corporate teat like he does my hopes were higher."

If he's disillusioned with both parties, who will he vote for? He says it will come down to their policies on poverty.

"Half the country is in poverty, kids are going hungry," he said. "But those people don't have a lobby, and they don't donate to the campaign in a way that they're going to get something back for it."

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    Is election year over yet? I don't care which musicians the politicians like and I definitely don't care which politicians the musicians like. I just like the music.
    I didn't understand the headline, it was too many words. I need it simpler, like something of the format "x slams y"
    At this point all presidential candidates have been painted so negatively the presidential candidates may as well be Yog-Sothoth vs Azathoth vs Nyarlathothep.
    Cthulhu For President Why Vote for the Lesser Evil!
    Cthulhu is good and all, but unfortunately he doesn't have a hold on the media like Yog-Sothoth and Azathoth. His numbers might match those of Nyarlathothep though, but otherwise, who are we kidding?
    Good point...but I think a Cthulhu/Charles Dexter Ward ticket would be hard to beat. Then they could appoint Nyarlathotep as Secretary of State and I bet the Middle East would get in line PDQ. And with Azathoth as Attorney General, US crime would drop to nothing.
    I concur. Cthulhu for President - the Mythos wasn't retroactively named after him for nothing!
    I think the 1st official act of the Cthulhu/Ward presidency will be to move the capital from Washington DC to Arkham.
    There are more than two options here...Gary Johnson 2012!
    I'm not American, but that guy is so on it! He totally has the financial background and the credibility, his story is epic and he himself is just a total hero.
    Yeah...Replacing the Fed Income Tax with the Fair Tax. Not gonna fly with me...
    Taxes are a big problem, but they wouldn't be such a problem if they weren't spent bombing other countries and then rebuilding them, bailing out big banks and spent trying to 'stimulate' the economy. Johnson would be far better for our country than any of the other two, who support the Federal Reserve and all the theft they partake in.
    I think its really stupid that everyone still seems to think that they can ONLY vote for ONE of two parties. Why would you settle for "The lesser of two evils" when you can just vote for a candidate that you agree with? Do any of you that are arguing over whether or not music and politics should go hand in hand or not even know of the other candidates? Wiki Gary Johnson.
    Sammy Mantis
    I posted this above already, but I guess I'll say it again. You are seriously disillusioned if you think Gary Johnson, or any other third party candidate has a snow ball's chance in hell at winning this election. Sure, you can vote for one of these candidates in some vain attempt to stick it to the Rep/Dem system, but the fact is that a vote for anyone other than Romney is essentially a vote for Obama. Don't get me wrong, I agree with what you're saying, we should have more candidates. However, most people only know what they see on television, and the media dictates who we get to see and hear from. The way they completely shunned Ron Paul earlier on in this election is a prime example.
    While you may be correct in saying GJ has no chance, you fail to see the fact that if we follow your logic and continue just choosing for lesser of two evils (or not voting) you will perpetuate this duopoly of a 'democracy' we have. If we all band together and for the next few elections vote third party (Libertarian is probably the best third option) we can make a difference and eventually get them into the debates. Longshot yes, but better than just telling people to stop wasting their votes..I rather stick to principle.
    Sammy Mantis
    I would never suggest not voting at all. I'm not even disagreeing with you, I think it would be awesome if there was a way to make this happen. I just can't see this country ever banding together enough to make this happen. The division between between conservative values and liberal values is wider right now than I have ever seen it in my lifetime, and I think we grow more divided every day. To say it would be a long shot would be a lofty understatement. It's a pessimistic outlook, I know, but also a realistic one.
    A vote for WHAT you believe is NEVER a wasted vote. Even if the odds are against you, and even if there's not a chance - that does NOT mean you should vote for somebody that you don't entirely stand behind. It's more about making a statement, This percentage of voters feel a certain way about these issues - This percentage of voters is higher than it has been in previous years = making political ground and forcing other politicians to take your issues seriously.
    Sammy, If everybody in America thought the way you did, and really wanted Gary Johnson for president but didnt vote for him because "Its a vote for Obama", then you're voting for Romney. And if you think theres any difference between the two, make my day. Tell me. A vote for Romney IS a vote for Obama because they are the same person. Just think, if everybody who agreed with Gary Johnson voted for him, HE MIGHT WIN! The logic of voting against Obama and Romney and claiming by doing so is "essentially a vote for Obama" Is like saying if I ****ed your mother, I basically fingered your ass.
    Sammy Mantis
    Thank you, you've given me a lot to think about. Just for future reference, those little packets that come in the box with your shoes? Those aren't candy, and you aren't supposed to eat them.
    He has a communist pin on his hat but he's benefited off capitalism more than any of us
    *Implying only capitalist countries sell his bands albums.
    >implying that his royalty money from RATM and Audioslave doesn't come from a record company, run by strictly capitalist principles...
    Implying you can figure out exactly what his opinion is on economic policy based on a pin...
    Chillout Tom.
    I support Obama, but I still think it's funny that if he bashes Romney or Ryan the response is generally positive, and if he bashes Obama the response is generally negative. The machine, whether it's liberal or conservative, is still the machine.
    Seriously man, fame is like the nutso smack, and suddenly they're the world's foremost expert on political science; you could fit everything these morons know about the government on the end of a needle.
    drying out
    What are you talking about, Tom has been all about politics from day one.
    This comment made me lolwtf?!? Tom Morello has a Degree from HARVARD UNIVERSITY in Social studies and has said his interest was how politics effects the poor. This comment invalid. Look it up.
    Oh-ho, so he wasn't always such a raving lunatic? Did you not read his interview responses? I have a degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington but if in five years, I started releasing research papers on how ghosts affect tornado vorticity, I think my opinion should be utterly discounted too. 'War crimes'...come on, if you're not questioning his mental integrity after that comment, you're unfit to vote in the upcoming election.
    get out
    Do any of you have an IQ above 90 or do 'get out' retorts represent the depth of your entire intellect? Let me continue,'Tom has been all about politics from day one.' Really? Then why in the world is he spewing anti-government propaganda without the faintest regard for fact? He said 'Half the country is in poverty.' It took me three seconds to find out on Wikipedia that 15.1% of the US are impoverished. Even politicians don't spew information...34.9% off the mark. Can anyone capable of partaking in this debate convince me that Tom Morello isn't absolutely insane? I will seriously consider any intelligent reply.
    Well if is says so on Wikipedia, it MUST be true, I mean they don't let just anyone put information on Wikipedia. smh -_-
    Come on man...anyone can edit Wikipedia, but this info was backed by a reputable reference in the 'References' section. Don't be one of those people from 2006 who constantly bashed Wikipedia's reputability. In at least a few of my college classes, professors allowed Wiki source links in research papers because 99% of the time, it's accurate.
    Well... that escalated quickly on topic: Tom Morello does have a degree from Harvard in the exact area he is speaking about in this interview so he is much better qualified than most to talk about the nation's poverty. And his family are politicians and he has been in politics literally his whole life to some degree as a result of that and his own interest in it.
    I appreciate the level-headed response and a little more information and I don't doubt that he IS qualified to make educated statements about politics but my complaint remains: he sounds downright crazy in this interview, he completely made up an utterly incorrect statistic, and I genuinely have no idea what he meant when he said Ryan was a jackass both before and after hearing his music. "Paul Ryan was a jackass before he listened to it, came out a jack--s at the end, so he missed a lot of it." That's not even a proper sentence and what in the hell does it mean?
    Well, he was saying that most people take some kind of message out of their music, and that they may be drawn to it because it is heavy, but leave with some kind of wisdom. In Tom's opinion, Paul Ryan just rocked out to it and missed the point of what Rage is all about.
    Yes, because Tom being critical of politicians is just as ridiculous. This isn't Dave Mustaine we're talking about here
    I don't care if he's being critical of politicians...not very man voters are terrifically happy with how the country has been run for the last 12 years, but if the misinformation in his interview and blind stupidity of his Paul Ryan comment (despite the fact that I partially agree) don't strike readers as comments from a prodigious drug-user, I'm concerned for the music community's mental function.
    The fact that you're arguing on the internet is a testament to how pointless your comments are. Yes, I'm aware that I'm doing the same thing. But at least I'm not being all 'I'm smarter than you hur dur'. You're only twelve for one year mate, go out and enjoy it.
    Now don't get too excited but my last comment on this story will be in reply to you, yay! Your response was almost intelligent...until your 'only twelve once' quip. Life-Tip: don't stoop to that level; it's petty and you're better than that. Do you know how hard it was to not reply 'Of your mom?' to the first guy who said 'get out.' Not hard at all, BOOM, because I'm twelve and not dirty enough conceive of such objectionable thoughts.
    Dude, chill. First, Tom Morello has always been political. Second, he graduated from Harvard with honors and a degree in Social Studies, having done his thesis on student protest in South Africa. He knows what he's talking about when it comes to politics, and you obviously don't.
    >assuming because someone studied politics in Harvard means they know about politics... ::facepalm::
    Actually, it kind of does. In case you've been living under a rock, Harvard is one of the best colleges in the world, and they have fantastic political science and social studies programs. Just saying.