On Nov. 7, 1917 (Oct. 25 on the Western Calendar), the Bolsheviks in Russia, launched the first successful communist revolution in history. A century later, the death toll is still not certain. It is well into the hundreds of millions. It could be as many as a billion, if you count lives shortened through communist policies.
The media has remained mostly silent as the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution has come and now gone. After all, the media does not want to appear too biased in their support of their favorite country, the old Soviet Union.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 did not immediately create the Soviet state. Vladimir Lenin declared it almost immediately. But a three-year, very bloody civil war raged before the white, or non-communist Russians, were finally defeated.
Then Lenin was finally able to completely devote his efforts to destroying the remnants of the “Bourgeois” society. Members of the aristocracy, land owners, businessmen, bishops, priests, deacons and countless faithful of the Russian Orthodox church were liquidated.
After Lenin’s death in 1925, Joseph Stalin raised the body count with the Holodomor or the Ukrainian famine. As many as seven and a half million people may have died as a result of this man-made famine.
Thanks to the Soviet Union, revolution was spread throughout the world. And what followed Communism was poverty, tyranny and far too often, mass murder. After the Second World War, as communism captured eastern Europe, this was proven. In 1949, when the Communists defeated the Nationalists in China, it happened again.
A conservative estimate is that after Mao Tse Yung led the communists to victory, his regime killed thirty-five million. That is a conservative estimate and that is only the estimate of those murdered, not those whose lives ended as a result of brutal conditions.
The communists took over southeast Asia and look what happened. In the small nation of Cambodia, the killing fields occurred and six million died. In Cuba, just ninety miles from Florida, Fidel Castro killed thousands after his communist revolution was successful.
Today, the old Soviet Union is a memory. The hammer and sickle came down for the last time in 1991. Lenin’s tomb remains, but only as a tourist attraction. The Russian Orthodox Church has canonized Patriarch Tikhon, who was most likely murdered by the Bolsheviks, as well as numerous bishops, priests and others who were executed by the communists.
In America, communism is seeing a resurgence. The Democrats love “Bolshevik” Bernie Sanders. His platform was completely socialist. The Democrats embrace the worst of the radical left. The Democrats have no problem with the violent radical, “Antifa” agitators engaging in violence against anyone who disagrees with them. They have no problem with the racist black lives matters crowd that demands people be assigned privilege or be discriminated against, on the basis of race.
The Democrats move further and further to the left with each passing day. They no longer believe in freedom, liberty and individual rights. They believe in the collective, just like the Bolsheviks.
Today at American universities and colleges, a new generation of young people embrace socialism. They are taught that Republicans and Donald Trump are evil, while the mass murder of hundreds of millions by the evil political system the Democrats embrace, is not even mentioned.
What follows communism is poverty, tyranny and usually mass murder. One hundred years ago, the Russian people would not have believed the new Bolshevik regime was going to engage in a program to murder millions of their countrymen. In America, no one believes our government could fall and be replaced with a socialist dictatorship.
Given the current beliefs of the Democrat Party, 100 years after the Bolshevik revolution, that is a foolish assumption.