Too much thought, with no heart, and zero self-awareness
Lenin was an amazing person; in the modern era there haven’t been many like him, and they’re almost all universally destructive.
I think the best example of this is how the Revolution started: Lenin had been in exile in Germany, kept under wraps, barred from returning to Russia. Towards the end of the Great War, a desperate Germany released him to Russia.
However, they didn’t just “release him”. They negotiated with the Swiss, put him in a train car, sealed it, and had the train run the length of Germany before being opened again. They treated him like an active biological agent, a vicious infection vector, because he was. The Revolution was a movement prior to Lenin’s arrival, but one among many; he successfully executed a coup and overthrew the government within six months. Within a year communists inside and especially outside Russia were already decrying his dictatorship and lack of democratic institutions as a betrayal.
He was an utterly committed, brutal man of one goal, with morals and ethics – even Marxism itself – pushed aside to achieve that goal. It’s amazing what he was able to accomplish, and how almost inevitable it all seems given his reputation among his enemies and allies.
What does it mean to win the world and lose your soul?
We start here:
We know there was some kind of Ukrainian peace deal passed around, discussions of sanctions, some dead Russians peripheral to those conversations… but the talks look to be all over the place. It doesn’t look like one agenda getting pushed, it looks like Russia just fully supporting Trump with everything they could… the way the US typically does in foreign elections.
I think that might be the bigger story here. Susceptibility to foreign meddling in elections via broad support (and some dirty tricks, such as the DNC hack) is something typically ascribed to weak nations and not the US. The question appears to be, “Is this acceptable in the US”? It’s clear that Trump and the Russians were up to SOMETHING, but what, and proof that “what” is more illegal than Logan Act violations doesn’t seem imminent.
This seems to me to a fight about propriety, and pride, and not outright treason. The hurdle of actual treason doesn’t look to be met any time soon, and the Presidency itself probably doesn’t qualify as enrichment under the Enoulments Clause. They’re foreign agents. They probably were happy for the help and, I believe, are still pro-American. That said, anyone who was willing to cut deals with aggressive foreign kleptocrats in order to win wanted to win so bad they forgot what they were fighting for.
And it may still yet be treason. We’ll see.
Mesbwhile, what will we accept? What will the world accept?