In a recent Washington Post commentary on the Arizona killings, Mark Rudd admits he was complicit in the planned bombing of an NCO’s dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey in 1970 – an act that if it had succeeded may have killed many young soldiers and their dates.
In 1970, when I was 22 years old – the same age as Jared Loughner – I was a founder of the Weather Underground, an offshoot of the antiwar group Students for a Democratic Society. That spring, a small contingent of the Weathermen, as we were known, planned to plant three pipe bombs at a noncommissioned officers’ dance at Fort Dix, N.J. Our intention was to remind our fellow Americans that our country was dropping napalm and other explosives on Vietnam, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. I wasn’t among the bombmakers, but I knew what was in the offing, and to my eternal shame, I didn’t try to stop it.
I considered myself an agent of necessity in a political revolution. I’m not sure if Loughner, who seems to suffer from mental illness, can be considered an agent of anything. But I’m sure that if, as alleged, he pulled the trigger, he had convinced himself that he was doing what needed to be done.
At his age, I had thought myself into a similar corner. My willingness to endorse and engage in violence had something to do with an exaggerated sense of my own importance. I wanted to prove myself as a man – a motive exploited by all armies and terrorist groups. I wanted to be a true revolutionary like my guerrilla hero, Ernesto “Che” Guevara. I wanted the chant we used at demonstrations defending the Black Panthers to be more than just words: “The revolution has come/Time to pick up the gun!”
In 2006-2008 Mark Rudd was a leader of the Movement for a Democratic Society, a new network originally formed to support a modern version of the S.D.S.
|MDS board 2007, Mark Rudd far left, Jeff Jones, second from right|
Working with Rudd in M.D.S. were his old Weatherman pals Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Jeff Jones, as well as a whole bunch of marxists from Democratic Socialists of America, Communist Party USA and Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.
Rudd saw in Obama, as did his friends Ayers, Dohrn and Jones, a new vehicle for the revolution. A revolution that could do with stealth and sweet words what they had failed to accomplish with riots and bombs.
In a November 2008 letter to the radical Rag Blog, November 27, 2008 Rudd revealed the revolutionary end game – the consolidation of power, to the point that stealth socialists could begin to dismantle the number one block to world revolution – the U.S. military.
Obama is a very strategic thinker. He knew precisely what it would take to get elected and didn’t blow it…But he also knew that what he said had to basically play to the center to not be run over by the press, the Republicans, scare centrist and cross-over voters away. He made it.