90 years ago today marxists on Tower Ave in Centralia who were wanting to "transform America" by force of arms, killed 4 veterans on parade during the first remembrance of Armistice Day.
One of the killers who was caught that day, made it safely to jail but didn't see the light of another day -- thanks to some young vets who took matters into their own hands in the dark of night.
Did they do the right thing? Those Vets with their midnight justice?
Certainly not by today's standards.
Put yourself in the historical context...
Sons of pioneers who'd settled hostile lands and fought Indian wars;
just returned from a war in Europe;
some like Warren Grimm who'd served in Russia and seen first hand the reality of a rising communist tide.
What did the threat of armed takeover of the US by IWW communists look like to them?
If not the "right thing," did they do the necessary thing?
Given their setting and worldview could they have done anything less?
Here we are today. 90 years later. What's changed?
Now there are Marxists still wanting to transform America, but, they've made it from Tower Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue. They have learned to use a different type of power and have a complicit media and the power of earmarks to bribe the self serving in Congress.
The spirit of the Wobblies lives on in America -- does the spirit of Warren Grimm?.
It ain't over yet...