Todd McKinley
Todd McKinley is a retired Army Paratrooper, Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge and Presidential Service Badge recipient. He’s served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as serving two Presidential Administrations as a member of the White House Communications Agency and has served as an Advance Representative for the Trump Administration. Todd was a 2018 Republican Candidate in TN-01, he’s earned a Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security from American Military University where he was subsequently invited to join The National Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma as a lifetime member. He received a Master of Science in Leadership with a Major Concentration in Global Leadership from Duquesne University, a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University and a Certificate in Leaders of Learning from Harvard University.

Since before the 2016 Presidential election, some Leftist pundits and writers have conveniently re-discovered that Russia isn’t our friend. Ironically, the Left’s using what we on the Right have known and warned about for decades against President Trump and his supporters to score cheap political points. However, if you’re one of those who bought into this, then you’re truly (as Yuri Bezmenov described it) one of the “useful idiots.” Bezmenov pointed out, the Left were the ones who would do the bidding of the Communist, not the Right and of course we’re seeing it on full display now more than ever.

Yuri Bezmenov

Yuri Bezmenov (1939-1993) was a Soviet KGB officer who eventually grew disillusioned and resentful of the Soviet Union, the KGB and Communism. In early 1970 while stationed in India, he defected to North America and settled in Canada. There, he became a professor and writer as he worked to expose the West to the truth about Communism and the Soviet’s end game to subvert Western civilization and the United States. His warnings in many circles fell on deaf ears or have been forgotten, which has allowed Democrats going into 2020 to be blatant about their goals.

The Useful Idiots

In his now-famous 1984 interview, Bezmenov gave a great description of the term “Useful Idiots.” If you’ve been paying attention you would know that the Left has been doing what he described for decades.

Bezmenov gave the following description of the useful idiots: “The useful idiots, the leftists who are idealistically believing in the beauty of the Soviet socialist or Communist or whatever system, when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies. That’s why my KGB instructors specifically made the point: never bother with leftists. Forget about these political prostitutes. Aim higher. […] They serve a purpose only at the stage of destabilization of a nation. For example, your leftists in the United States: all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion only to destabilize a nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed anymore. They know too much. Some of them, when they get disillusioned, when they see that Marxist-Leninists come to power—obviously they get offended—they think that they will come to power. That will never happen, of course. They will be lined up against the wall and shot.”

Oddly, most on the Left don’t realize they’re being used by the true elites in their movement. If the Leftist ever seize total control, they will never give the everyday Leftist what they truly want.

Stages to Communism

Yuri Bezmenov described the various stages of Marxist-Leninist takeover of a nation in four simple stages Demoralization, Destabilization, Crisis, and Normalization. In fact, these stages have been going on right under our noses as many Americans don’t realize we’re in a constant state of war of one kind or another. As Bezmenov put it, “Most of the American politicians, media, and educational system trains another generation of people who think they are living at peacetime. False. The United States is in a state of war: an undeclared, total war against the basic principles and foundations of this system.”

Stage 1: Demoralization- According to Bezmenov, this phase takes 15-20 years to “re-educate one generation.”

In this phase, most of the ideological subversion takes place, albeit, it continues throughout the other phases, especially if communism truly takes hold. Ideological subversion can best be described as education/re-education, or as Bezmenov put it “a great brainwashing” and takes place in many places throughout society, especially in schools and universities. To do this, a nation’s education system is infiltrated given a young person’s mind is more easily influenced and attendance to government ran schools is compulsory, which makes this process all that much easier. That’s why the Left oppose “School Choice,” Charter Schools, Christian Schools and any sort of education outside of their control. By getting younger generations to embrace socialism and communism, over time, a nation moves more to the left, without having to fire a shot as the older generations simply lose control as they die off.

During this phase, the seeds of doubt are sown throughout society by having people question the moral fiber and integrity of their nation. This especially includes government institutions, especially a nation’s military, and law enforcement, elected officials, large corporations, business executives, the wealthy and those who subscribe to a different political ideology or dare to think for themselves. Additionally, a nation’s media must also play a major role, stories are manipulated and tailored to fit a common narrative. As the late Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev put it “The press is our chief ideological weapon.”

One major reason for this phase taking nearly 2 decades is those being subverted have been immersed in their nation’s own ideology, often for years. Also, and contrary to popular belief, the KGB (according to Bezmenov) spent 85% of their time on ideological subversion and 15% on espionage despite what popular movies might show. The subversions in America has gone on for many decades and has only grown bolder in recent years given that “pop culture” figures and the entertainment élite have now adopted mostly a leftist philosophy, making it hip and cool to entertain the idea of socialism and communism. We’re now at a point in this process in which facts no longer matter, perception, and feelings do, and this is exactly where the Left wants our country.

Stage 2: Destabilization- This phase is much shorter than the “Demoralization” phase, lasting between 2-5 years and focusing on weakening and ultimately destroying the defense, economy and foreign relations of a nation. At the same time, strict domestic policy legislation disregards the rights of the individual and autonomy of State and local governments.

At the same time, entitlement programs are promised to the populace to encourage their support and expanded once enacted. Once these programs are put in place, they permeate every major facet of society and reduces society’s will to work and begin a trend of voting for things and not ideas. This mindset is capitalized on by Leftist politicians who tell voters that everything is a right, such as healthcare, a basic living wage and anything else the masses on the left can come up with. The intent is to create a massive centralized government where people willingly give up their autonomy and rights in exchange for guaranteed safety and money. Basically, it boils down to politicians bribing some people with other people’s money.

This stage is especially supported by Leftists in the “Deep State” and Leftists in academia pushing youth in their direction. Bezmenov claims after this stage, the naïve college professors are no longer needed and since they will undoubtedly protest government policies when they discover the truth, they will be disposed of quickly. He cites examples of this occurring in Nicaragua, Grenada, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

Stage 3: Crisis- This phase can take as little as several weeks and brings about major shifts in government legislation as well as rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Bezmenov described this phase of bringing with it the collapse of a nation’s currency, riots, civil unrest, martial law and the purging of the military, especially sacking patriotic commanders and the use of violence if necessary. This phase also brings with it the circumventing of the Constitution by government officials and organizations. In many ways, politicians’ today campaign on the crises they’ve created, all while laying and/or shifting the blame to others and telling voters that only they can remedy the situation. Albeit, the crises we constantly face aren’t quite what Bezmenov spoke of, but at this point with the games being played in Washington, it’s easy to see these things coming to pass.

Stage 4: Normalization- This phase really shouldn’t be called a phase, given that most in government and society will have adopted the socialist ideology to one degree or another. Also, at this point lies are the truth and the truth is destroyed as are those who speak it. The media runs (even if independent from the government) like a State-run propaganda arm, that covers Leftwing politics in a glowing light and spins or outright lies about anyone, any group or political philosophy that doesn’t look towards Leftist government as being the savior of humanity. In this last stage, even those who are against communism will agree and will give little resistance to a full communist takeover.

Patriotism, Morality, Spiritual Life & Joseph Stalin

As Joseph Stalin said, “America is like a healthy body and its resistance is threefold: its patriotism, its morality, and its spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

All three of these areas have been under assault for a long time and in recent years these assaults have escalated. In the United States today, we see that patriots and those who display their patriotism, are attacked and called “Nazis” or “racist” and much worse. We live in a society where morality and believing in right and wrong is fading into the past. Today, we see the Left call for open borders, taxing and spending the nation into ruin, vilifying those who simply disagree, but it gets worse as they’re openly calling for infanticide, abortion on demand, the infringing on the Constitution (especially the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Amendments), genderless bathrooms and expanding the LGBTQ movement to cover open pedophilia and more. Religion, especially Christianity and traditional spiritual life is under constant assault as the Left is openly calling for government oversight of Churches, to include reviewing sermons to make sure they comport with Leftist ideology. All of this is evidenced by listening to what the 2020 Democrat Presidential candidates are saying.

What about the Stages to Communism?

When it comes to the Stages to Communism, the Demoralization of the United States has been underway for decades and really accelerated during the 1960s, which is about the time of Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society.” Around this time is when Leftist infiltrated academia and since have metastasized themselves there. During this time Destabilization began accelerating and has been pushed by Leftists in academia and in the “Deep State.” However, the Leftist professors should note as Bezmenov said, the “naïve college professors are no longer needed” once this phase is complete.

The United States has been through many Crisis in our history, but the type described by Bezmenov is one that will bring about the collapse of a nation’s currency, riots, civil unrest, martial law and the purging of the military, especially sacking patriotic commanders and the use of violence if necessary. Bezmenov’s description would give one the thought of living in a post-apocalyptic dystopian world. However, the type of crisis he described, in many respects has taken or is taking place. Just look at the fact our currency is overly inflated and isn’t seen in many circles as the reserve currency of the world, also we’re $23+Trillion in debt. Additionally, there are many instances of politicians and law enforcement circumventing of the Constitution, for example, the Patriot Act, Ticket Quotas, Civil Asset Forfeiter, not having Constitutional Carry and more. We’ve also experienced riots and civil unrest and now with Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA and those protesting President Trump’s election, it’s apparent the Left will riot and create civil unrest based on feelings. We also witnessed the sacking of patriotic Military commanders during the Obama administration.

We’re not to the point where Normalization has come to pass, but with tens of millions still voting for Democrats and given their Presidential candidates are moving further and further to the Left, we’re not far off. In fact, on College Campuses and in many Cities and States across America, this has come to pass. With the Constitution under assault, a complicit “Fake News” Media, the Hollywood élite, academic indoctrination, social justice warriors, college safe spaces and out of control “entitlement” programs, it’s easy to see why we’re so close.

Final Thought

I’m not going to go into all the things we should or could do to combat Leftist and our drastic move Leftward. I’ll simply say, vote conservative and vote for those who will stand up against the out of control Democrats. Also, don’t simply just re-elect Republicans who’ve taken up space for decades and have been powerless to do anything except protecting their own interest. We need real fighters in Washington and in our State Capitals, if not, we’re doomed to collectively complain about “do nothing” legislatures at all levels.

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