According to an interview with Former KGB Agent Yuri Bezmenov corroborated by other defected Soviet Agents there are three major stages of conquest as the Communist timetable is in it for the long run.
1) Demoralization-When a society has been thoroughly indoctrinated with ideals and political narratives that contradict their heritage and concepts of freedom. Such useful idiots as Feminists, Civil Rights Advocates, and Gay Rights supporters will make a lot of noise and help to disrupt that society. It takes 15 to 20 years for this effect which can be demonstrated by the acceptance on school levels through indoctrination of children who then grow to occupy positions of power in the government, courts, and business markets. They become so brainwashed that their minds cannot realize truth and fail to acknowledge fact even when the evidence is presented before them. Yuri Bezmenov watched in horror as the zealots and activists were executed in mass as soon as the revolution had taken hold these people were no longer of any use and would end up being the worst enemies of their Communist keepers once they realize all the promises of free stuff and paradise erode into the harsh reality of the overthrow! Let us recall the promises made by Bernie Sanders of free education!
2) Crisis- When a society is continually subjected to the shocks of assassinations of their beloved political figures, massive killings for no apparent reason, rioting, social division, and the disruption of normalcy within that country. Once the economic system has been undermined by the building of a massive welfare state that has created currency devaluation and eventual bankruptcy among banks and fiscal institutions. Much of this is achieved not by the KGB, not by covert military operations or espionage but by those upstanding figures in the community who have been demoralized. They are committing acts of sabotage to their society without even realizing it thanks to the indoctrination they got in public schools, from the entertainment industry, and from media sources. The crisis comes when enough systemic failures create instability and chaos!
3) Normalization- As the Soviets jokingly described the end result of Czechoslovakia and their attempts at breaking away from the Soviet Union once tanks and troop trucks were on their streets and occupation by force had been achieved!
According to Yuri Bezmenov, a disinformation specialist, America by 1984 already appeared to have been demoralized and indoctrinated beyond the wildest beliefs of the Russian Proletariat! When asked how America could regain itself from an inevitable overthrow, Yuri replied that it would take a massive re-education process for the conservative element to reawaken patriotic sentiment and ideological reform back to the fundamentals that made the Constitutional Republic successful again! Keep in mind in 1984 Ted Kennedy had gone to the Soviets seeking their assistance in preventing Ronald Reagan from being elected president! Bezmenov identified Walter Mondale as being the one misleading America over what the Democrats would give free from the government to the public at that time!
Lightning strikes twice
At that time America received a reprieve in the form of President Ronald Reagan who pushed his personal agenda to reawaken Americans to their own US Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and the Christian moral principles that guided them! America dodged a huge bullet and thanks to Reagan's economic impact benefited from his influence years after his presidency.
Today we have President Donald Trump and we are again experiencing a reawakening economically, patriotically, and spiritually, but the increased opposition is clearly as a result of the demoralization that has influenced people in places of power who are idiotically undermining their own country! This is the obstructionism Trump fights not only in the "Swamp" but within other sectors of our society-for instance the news media.