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April 2, 2021

On Thursday, I talked about the destructive new ethnic studies program that has just been unanimously approved by the California State School Board and the ways in which it’s setting kids up to be indoctrinated, all the way from kindergarten to graduation. I described the “long game” that some are playing to tear our country apart from within.

Later that day, by coincidence, Dan Bongino in his podcast brought up a video interview from the 1980s featuring a former KGB propagandist who defected to Canada, Yuri Bezmenov, who warns of just this sort of thing being done in America over several generations. Here is that interview.

It’s sadly true: Some of the most “well-educated” people in America are so doggone dumb (and so thoroughly brainwashed) that we can argue the facts till we’re blue in the face and it will have no effect on them. Fortunately, you and I still have some functioning brain cells, so let’s look at what Bezmenov is saying.

He’s talking about how Communists subvert American ideology in a totally non-sneaky way. It’s right in front of us. “All Americans have to do is “unplug their bananas from their ears” and it will be obvious. It’s not like James Bond and the spy-themed entertainment that he says Americans are so enamored of, “that sells more deodorants.”

Most of what our enemies are doing is not spy stuff, he says, and “has nothing to do with intelligence at all.” Only about 15 percent of “time, money and manpower” is used for espionage. The rest is part of a very slow brainwashing process –- like the “long game” I was talking about being played in California schools –- that they call ideological subversion.

They have another name for it as well: “active measures.” It’s psychological warfare.

The goal is to change Americans’ perception of reality so thoroughly that “despite an abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions.”

Bingo. Ding-ding-ding! We are entering that place, RIGHT NOW.

He breaks the process down into four stages:

1. Demoralization. Communists have this down to a science; Bezmenov says it takes about 15-20 years to demoralize a nation. That’s the length of time it takes to educate one generation, to expose them to “the ideology of the enemy.” He says that in America, “Marxist-Leninist ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students, without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of...American patriotism.” It’s now being done mostly by Americans to Americans. (I would add that, ironically, many are getting hugely rich doing so, on books and workshops about Critical Race Theory and class and gender "equity.") The result: “half-baked intellectuals” in their 60s who now are in positions of power --- government, civil service, business, mass media and education. “You are stuck with them,” he says.

These people are “programmed to think and react to certain stimuli,” he adds. The process is “complete and irreversible.” They have their own perception and their own logic. “YOU CANNOT CHANGE THEIR MIND, EVEN IF YOU EXPOSE THEM TO AUTHENTIC INFORMATION, EVEN IF YOU PROVE THAT WHITE IS WHITE AND BLACK IS BLACK.”

"Even if I take [a programmed person] by force to the Soviet Union and show him concentration camp, he will refuse to believe it.”

Since there is no way to reach these people, he says, the only way out of this mess is to bring up a new generation that is well-versed in American values and doesn’t think this way. His message to us listening in the 21st Century surely is this: that it took a long time to get here and it’s going to take a long time to get out. Start NOW.

He says that when those “useful idiot” Americans experience with shock what it’s like to be trapped within real Marxist-Leninism, there will be revolt, but rebellion will be put down. “There will be no place for dissent,” he says. Dissenters will be “squashed like cockroaches.”

2. Destabilization. Bezmenov says this process can take just two to five years. The enemy concentrates on “essentials”: economy, foreign relations and defense systems. They eliminate the principle of free-market competition and cozy up to Marxist-Leninist powers. He says that when he first came to America, he would never have believed the great success Marxist-Leninists would achieve in these areas. Imagine how stunned he would be if he could be here now. (He died in 1993.)

3. Crisis. This leads into a radical changeover of structure, power and economy and typically takes “up to six weeks.”

4. "Normalization.” He’s using this word cynically, as in Soviet propaganda. That’s when the tanks role in, as they did in Czechoslovakia and the new rulers said the situation was “normalized.” The government really has become Big Brother and those in charge function pretty much like “benevolent dictators.” I would add that they’re benevolent as long as everyone goes along and racks up the required number of social credits.

"This is what will happen in United States if you allow all the schmucks to bring the country to crisis.” They do it by promising “all kinds of goodies” and “paradise on earth.”

We’ve been at war, he says, an “undeclared total war” initiated by the “world Communist system,” or call it a “world Communist conspiracy.” We must turn this process around, because this is the last refuge of freedom and unlike him, we “will have no place to defect to.” That is, unless we want “to live in Antarctica with penguins.”

So, what has to happen? The first essential is “a very strong national effort” to educate children in American values and patriotism and teach them the real danger posed by socialist/communist ideology. If young people fail to grasp this, he says, “nothing ever can help the United States.”

Fortunately, he says, at least part of the American population gets what is happening, and they have to FORCE their government to stop “aiding Communism.” This effort has to go beyond the typical letters and petitions, he says, because “there is no other problem as burning and urgent.”

At the time of this interview, Bezmenov is warning about the “murderers” in the Soviet Union, which did implode soon after while Ronald Reagan was President (thank you!). As we look at what is happening in our country and world today, his warning applies to the growing power of China –- particularly American business’s dependence on that market –- and the global Communist system. If China and Russia ally themselves, our situation is even more dicey. Bezmenov says we're at war, though many don't realize it, and we have “precious little time” to save ourselves and future generations.

The priority now: our education system. Whether or not you have kids in school, you are in this fight, and it is a FIGHT. Readers ask me all the time what we can do –- start here. That goes double for folks in California. Become an activist. Run for school board if you can, and support strong candidates. Make demands. See that the "woke" go broke. We have no choice but to take our classrooms and our culture back.

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  • ernest johnson

    08/25/2021 06:44 AM

    Thanks so much for this warning . Lets all stick together as God fearing and family oriented Americans and call on Jehovah for great mercy for our country !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patrick Barrett

    04/05/2021 01:22 PM

    I went to USAF boot camp in 1972. I remember the news I heard in Texas, as boot camp progressed. The School board, who was considered the BEST at picking new school books for all the states, was infiltrated by SECRET Socialists. they accepted a new History book that pointed out that our Founding Fathers were bad slave owners. and they also boasted how GOOD Socialism is, and their heroes, Stalin, Lenin, Mao and Marx were the best. and we all said, yes, they were bod founding fathers and we should teach the kiddies TRUTH! socialist Truths. and so we have altered History ever since. we have 3 generations of brainwashed Socialists that are useless. put them in FEMA camps would be a starter to get them out of our government. or we can do what we did for the Iraqi's. Run the main Socialist Elite to ground and let the country execute them. They will NOT change like this Russian said. They don't listen to common sense. But we do need to institute a national Public School Curriculum that gets us back to common sense! Yes our leaders weren't perfect. No one is, but the SOCIALISTS are Evil! Liers, Cheaters, and false promisers! just as the russian said. We are at war, and it's gonna get bloody sooner than we can imagine.

  • Lin Boudreaux

    04/04/2021 03:22 AM

    Reading the comments here, I am amazed at how many people said "What can I do to convince people of the truth?" He clearly said you will never convince them once they are brainwashed. Also, why did so many comments ask "What can we do?" when the article clearly states we should focus on educating our children. I also came to the conclusion that education of the next generation is the only way out of this delusional morass; however, there is a second essential area that MUST be addressed. We must have honest elections. We will lose our ability to choose how we educate our children if all our leaders are communists. They will simply force us to comply. Meanwhile, I liked Ann Smith's comment on 4/2/21: use billboards to spread the Truth. Now that's something we could do locally.

  • Donald W Hodges

    04/04/2021 01:19 AM

    Governor Huckabee - Thank you for these wonderful articles that bring serious issues to Americans who are smart enough to "pay attention". I am in my early 70's and have been frustrated for years with the lack of concern shown for traditional American values. Yes America has been party to some terrible things in the past - that should not have happened in a country built on "Freedom". But man is flawed and has been since the beginning of time. That should not detract from the fact that our nation was conceived on principles that are worthy, even if we as a people stumble from time to time.

    Thank you for encouraging/pushing "real Americans" to stand up for our country. Too many people have given their life for this idea of America, for us to let it be destroyed on our watch. There are a growing number of us that use our small platforms to try and get people to open their eyes and see what the "haters" are doing to our country. If each of us can reach one or two people a day and get them to face what is going on. That will be a start. The next step will be to get them to get involved.

    If Washington, the "Misguided Media" and "Cowardly Corporate America" think that "America hating Liberals/Socialist" are a force to be reckoned with, they obviously have forgotten what "America Loving Conservatives" can do - when we stand together. It's time that we remind them.

    Thank you for doing what you do.

    Donald W Hodges
    Trice Talk

  • Joseph Sanscrainte

    04/03/2021 08:06 PM

    Thank you for your extremely well written analysis - I read your articles every day. Have a wonderful Easter weekend, and God Bless you and your family.

  • Shirley Shepard

    04/03/2021 12:33 PM

    We are fully aware of all this, as are many of our friends, but we are at an age when we can't do or go a lot. Even if we could, who would be a strong leader who could pull the people together and organized and planned way to stop these commies?

  • Michelle Clark

    04/03/2021 11:01 AM

    Daily I am inundated with money requests from politicians and organizations to help fight all these insane events, laws and regulation changes.
    Considering our debt, Biden's leftist push and our weak legislators, I have to ask: If I give you funds for your vague "we must stop this" endeavors and you continue to fail.... how do I take care of my daily needs "down the road" in what is becoming a socialist country? Fundraising is not proof of strength. Money doesn't grow on trees - but if Biden prints money - welcome to the new Venezuela!

  • Daniel L Smith

    04/03/2021 08:19 AM

    Governor Huckabee -- I've watched the Yuri Bezmenov interview many times over the years. Academia and mass media were their primary targets. We now have 50 years worth of very educated "useful idiots" filling influential positions of government, high tech, media, and academia. I worked with many of the brightest young engineering minds in aerospace who did not have one ounce of practical life wisdom outside their narrow technical expertise and had swallowed the liberal lies hook line and sinker. 2 Timothy 3:13 would be a good Huckabee Daily Verse. God please help us.

  • Dick Algire

    04/03/2021 07:52 AM

    Herbert Croly was an influential 'Republican,' of the 1930s. I put that in quotes because he was one of the original voices of Progressive thought. He wrote a book, "The Promise of American Life" which had great influence on many of America's politicians of the day. I want to give two quotes from Croly's book that have much to do with what we see today. Speaking on the issue of improving human nature he wrote: "It is also true that I have not ventured more than to touch upon a possible institutional reformation, which, in so far as it was successful in its purpose, would improve human nature by the most effectual of all means---that is, by improving the methods whereby men and women are bred." He was writing about Eugenics. Later in his book he wrote about the American education system: "The real vehicle of improvement is education. It is by education that the American is trained for such democracy as he possesses; and it is by better education that he proposes to better his democracy. Men are uplifted by education much more surely than they are by any tinkering with laws and institutions, because the work of education leavens the actual social substance...The credulity of the socialist in expecting to alter human nature by merely institutional and legal change is a least equaled by the credulity of the good American in proposing to evangelize the individual by the reading of books and by the expenditure of money and words."
    Croly and the early Progressive socialists realized that the only way to implement socialist society in the United States was through our education system; taking young minds and molding them to accept socialist views and policy. Amazing how far that has progressed today. America's political leadership comes out of its education system. What we see in today's America is a sad commentary on our education system.

  • Carol Freeman

    04/02/2021 11:03 PM

    Gov, do not quite understand it all, but am trying. Saying that petitions and letters will not do it, does this mean physical war? I cannot see another route out of this. Civil war? No. Korean war? Soon, I feel it is going to be too late. I wish I had studied more on history and government in ??

  • Carolyn Korkmas

    04/02/2021 10:55 PM

    I observed the ad on your website that offered a stun gun for free; all I had to do is pay shipping & handling. My husband says all they really want is my credit card information for their use. I wondered if you are aware of that.

    I love your program and wish you could be President of the U.S.A.

  • Barry Birkett

    04/02/2021 08:13 PM

    Mike, I am a Canadian subscriber to your newsletter since before the Nov 3rd. election. We Canadians should be very concerned about what is happening on both sides of our border with our friends to the south. Our country and yours are tied so very closely that when one hurts, the other hurts as well. We are that close!

    When I was a first year engineering student, in 1964, I had to take an elective, and I chose Russian History and Culture. It as fascinating. I do remember hearing Nikita Khruschev deliver his promise, that "one day, we will bury your childrens' children." Then, only 20 years later, we were warned by Bezmenov that it was already too late, in 1984, the same year written so prophetically about by George Orwell, to stop the tide of Communism. Perhaps, if you had highlighted that year, 1984, instead of just mentioning the "1980's", it might have been seen to be far more urgent than people realize. It probably is too late! In my opinion, Donald Trump was America's last hope, after Obama was elected two terms earlier than Trump. Add China to the mix, as Joe Biden has confirmed, you might want to study what the Bible says about the Last Days of the End Times. It is right there, for all to see.

  • Angel C Quintos

    04/02/2021 07:33 PM

    i had been writing comments but it got deleted so many times. i am tired of these

  • Lynn Young

    04/02/2021 07:23 PM

    What upsets me more is we've seen this coming for at least 2 decades. We raised the red flags, we challenged our school systems, we refused the brainwashing, we screamed at our candidates (who promised us they understood) and YET HERE WE ARE. We were called "nuts", and far worse. We were ignored as just backwater buffoons afraid of change. How do we fight this when the "leaders" are too afraid of the effort it takes, and the Marxists are too willing to literally bury us?

  • Ron Ostrander

    04/02/2021 06:51 PM

    Gov. Huckabee:

    Sir, you are probably too young to remember an old tv show called 'I led 3 lives.' It is based on a book by Herbert Philbrick who worked as a counter-agent for the FBI (1940-49) The show ran from 1953-56 as is about communist tactics here in the US. This old tv show somehow takes on a relevant meaning despite it being old. Hope this information is useful. Thanks, RO

  • Ruth Scherger

    04/02/2021 06:44 PM


  • jerry thomas

    04/02/2021 06:32 PM

    I have a # of liberal friends who are already in the program. I want to say they are short of yelling at me but yes they do yell back at me when I bring up any of these ideas. They are the deniers, they have no concept of the 4 points you write about. As individuals, how do we get the message out? I graduated in 1961 from H.S. and have said the Democrat's have been at war with us and the Republican had no idea.

  • Jane Gibson

    04/02/2021 06:27 PM

    This article needs to go national so others can read it....we are in a critical stage and if left unchecked the liberal/socialist/communist leaders now in office will take us down the road to complete destruction.

  • Steven Bukosky

    04/02/2021 05:38 PM

    I've experienced it firsthand. I dropped out of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee not long after a professor was badmouthing business people. That was to be my major. I was paying my own tuition and felt it was money wasted. It cost me in the long run, but I think it saved my soul. One of my son's, however, went to college and is in the public school system. For some insane reason he has turned on my wife and I and suffers alcohol and probably some drugs. I think it's from him dealing with the non-parents of the students and being corrupted by the public school psychology.

    I was very distraught when President Trump conceded. May God help us!

  • Mark Mittelstaedt

    04/02/2021 05:21 PM

    The Gilbert School District ( largest in AZ ) just laid off a couple thousand teachers, because so many parents started alternative schooling ( vouchers, microschools, pandemic pods, home schooling, private schools, etc. ) that the number of students in the district dropped dramatically
    ( 9% ) You can't fool all the parents all the time ;-}

  • Shaton Moore

    04/02/2021 04:56 PM

    Glad you posted this and wish that many people would read it and wake up to what is happening right now. When it is done, it will be too late.

  • Sheri Zillmer

    04/02/2021 04:51 PM

    April 2 our local elementary school LAAinger held a transgender celebration and all students were to wear blue clothes for girls, pink clothes for boys. The community is not happy.

  • Thomas Lee Brower

    04/02/2021 04:21 PM

    Good post Mike. I read your News letters every day and your on it. The main thing that bothers me is people I try to convince them of what's going on in this country by the powers at be. They don't listen. I really think this country is toast unless we can wake these people up. How do we do that before it's too late?

  • Ann Smith

    04/02/2021 03:46 PM

    This was by far the scariest article I have read by you. The mandatory California Ethnic studies is a close second. I am a educator from Florida. So glad my Governor has the gumption to stand up and fight. It seems like a daunting task to get education on the right track especially when there are so many teachers unions fighting their return to the classroom. You gave some good suggestions. I have one more and the Democrats are doing it already to smear good republicans in Congress. They are using Billboards! We need a campaign that focuses on what is being taught in school that does not show good American values. Many parents are so wrapped up in making ends met that they often neglect to question what is being taught. Putting up billboards on frequently traveled roads might get the parents thinking and asking questions. Very grassroots but can be effective. I think getting parents informed is the key, using social media would only be a very small part. Pressure by the parents to the school boards is a big deal! California and some of the radical blue states are a mess and I don’t see too much hope for them?? thanks for letting me express my ideas and concerns. This is a frustrating time for everyone and letting people vent is good for the soul!

  • Karen Jones

    04/02/2021 03:23 PM

    He's telling you, plain as day, that insurrection is the only way.