At Rage’s first reunion show, de la Rocha made a strong speech during “Wake Up” in which de la Rocha called members of the Bush administration to war criminals, citing a statement by Noam Chomsky regarding the Nuremberg Principles:
A good friend of ours said that if the same laws were applied to U.S. presidents as were applied to the Nazis after World War Two that every single one of them, every last rich white one of them from Truman on would have been hung to death and shot – and this current administration is no exception. They should be hung, and tried, and shot. As any war criminal should be. But the challenges that we face, they go way beyond administrations, way beyond elections, way beyond every four years of pulling levers, way beyond that. Because this whole rotten system has become so vicious and cruel that in order to sustain itself, it needs to destroy entire countries and profit from their reconstruction in order to survive – and that’s not a system that changes every four years, it’s a system that we have to break down, generation after generation after generation after generation after generation… Wake up.