The Clash seem to be held up on a pedestal more than many others (the Lester Bangs piece on touring with them is a good look into how this felt at the time). I've always felt that, for being as political as they seemingly were, they were really quite restrained in how they came across in that regard. and musically, they were such an interesting band that the lyrics didn't need to be on the same level... they were almost liberal enough in their multicultural musical styles that they developed a couple albums in that they didn't need to sing about white riots or not getting a job anymore (honestly, the first Clash LP is more conservative than I think I fully realize).
I'm totally biased with the Minutemen. for me, they are like the shining light of what a group of kids can become. and yeah, the lyrics are quite political, and I think I'm on board with them in general (I mean, they're liberal statements, and Dennes Boon was basically a 'woke' 20-something in the 80s that was more articulate than many), but the We Jam Econo mindset sort of trumped (oops, I used that word) things: it was more of an approach to DIY and individuality and staying underground than the need to proclaim generic liberal statements (and as admittedly clever as Boon's lyrics could be, they certainly are generic leftist sentiments). but I dunno... again, the lyrics come in 2nd place, easily, to the musicianship and attitude of the 3 guys.
Minor Threat is another good example to bring up. they're a perfect instance of why people attaching huge amounts of political cache to punk is a sad waste of time. Ian McKaye was a 16-year-old kid with a great set of pipes. most of his lyrics were about staying true to your friends, making your own decisions, and staying away from the sheep who couldn't do that. The sXe stuff got carried away (by fans) to a ridiculous point. then of course you have a tune that I won't mention that Slayer covered in extremely poor taste... again, my hope is that the scene and the music and the nihilistic anger of McKaye's lyrics won out over the need to look down on someone who's drinking a beer or whatever.
I don't know what the point of my post is. I just hope, again, that people are finding out about these bands and liking them for their music and general attitude/vision rather than attaching themselves to what they think is some kind of political movement.
(I think I am stuck in the past in a major way and that even the more musically curious young kids of today probably aren't digging through the SST back catalog or staying decades in the past like I did when I was a younger teen)