Did the Democrats copy the Lenin playbook in this year’s election? A reminder…the first “free election” in Russia was held in 1917. Lenin promised a “free” election where all votes would be equal and each citizen would be heard. The election was scheduled and a number of political parties provided the voters a choice. The Russian Social-Democratic Labor Party (Lenin’s Bolsheviks) campaigned with appeals to win the majority’s vote with the promise of “Peace, Land and Bread.” The energy of the Bolsheviks and the promises of Lenin were insufficient to win the election (they only garnered 23%) of the vote.
But Lenin’s cunning campaign continued after the sunset on the election day. There was corruption in the balloting. There were “extensions” to allow more ballots. There was a long and strong public propaganda messaging to the public that the Bolsheviks had won when they had lost. The agenda to “transform” Russia into the first Marxist governed nation did not cease after the polls closed on the “election day.”
Violence, manipulation of the news, vociferous protests, armed vandals, and an attack upon the Russian governing structure increased. Eventually the Russian Provisional Government was absolved and the tyranny of 70 years slavery to Marxist dogmas resulted.
The Russian population was well armed (probably more weapons were in Russia than any other nation at that time) and many of the Russians had military experience having faced the Kaiser’s army on the eastern front. So, the presence of weaponry and veterans was not a factor in opposing the Bolsheviks. The civil war that was inevitable between Red and White Russians attest to the fact that weaponry was accessible. No, contrary to many opinions today, Lenin’s success was not because “guns were outlawed.”
The success of Lenin’s transformation of Russia can be
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