As Democrats fall into powerlessness, this Fourth of July echoes with new signs of their desperation and defeat.

A week before Independence Day, the U.S. Supreme Court removed the chains that government union bosses had used for eight decades to enslave public workers.

Those union bosses extorted dues and other payments from government employees, then gave their money to Democratic candidates.

The High Court recognized that almost a third of government employees are Republicans or Republican-learning independents coerced into funding Democrats.

This betrayed all taxpayers, because union donations often elect the very politicians who will sit opposite them at the bargaining table, and who owe their election to union cash. It has been a vast money-laundering operation in which politicians let unions extort dues, and unions bankroll politicians.

Public unions are themselves partisan – in effect, as the Wall Street Journal’s Dan Henninger wrote, “political parties” with leftist ideological agendas they impose on government policies.

They are a union monopoly on top of a government monopoly – which even “progressive” President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who as leader of America’s racist Democratic Party put tens of thousands of Japanese Americans into concentration camps because of their race) condemned.

Four of the biggest public employee unions in 2016 contributed $166 million to candidates, making them the largest of all Democratic donors. (Trial lawyers are second, after unions.) The questions now are whether the unions can somehow circumvent the new law that requires them to obtain consent from workers, and whether the Democrats can win, or even survive, without these gigantic infusions of stolen extorted worker money. In a sense, this is also Democrat-stolen taxpayer money, because it has been taken at gunpoint from taxpayer-paid employees.

Desperate Democrats are already turning to other ways to win in 2018 and beyond, including domestic terrorism, intimidation and coup d’etat. Only a year ago a supporter of Democratic Party primary candidate and avowed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shot Rep. Steve Scalise (R.-LA) and was stopped by Capitol Police before he could gun down several other Republican lawmakers.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) urged Democratic mobs to intimidate Republicans wherever they appeared, including restaurants and gas stations. But, she claimed, she was not advocating violence. Nonsense. It is assault merely to hold a club threateningly near a person’s body. It becomes assault and battery when that person is clubbed. Waters calls for assaults.

Democrats have approved of personal violence in politics for most of the past 100 years. They have given labor union thugs a kind of 00-HATE James Bond license to slash tires, destroy property, and beat and occasionally kill workers who replace those on strike.

But this precedent of violence is now broadly replacing debate, practical compromise and elections in our democracy and universities, because Democrats increasingly lose in a free, democratic society.

Union membership has fallen to only about 6.5 percent of workers – when workers are allowed to vote by secret ballot with what FDR called “Freedom from Fear.” This, by the way, is why unions and Democrats want to replace secret ballots with “card check,” in which individual members can be intimidated by union goons into accepting unionization of a company.

Representative Waters is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, long affiliated with Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a group that now threatens Democrats from the far left.

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Days ago, the #4 ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives – a likely successor to leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – was defeated, after 10 terms in office, in New York’s 14th District by a 28-year-old Latina activist in DSA.

At the same time, Democratic Socialists of America was shutting down ICE immigration offices in Portland, Oregon and other cities. A mob of DSA bullies assailed Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen at a restaurant.

The Democratic Party has already moved far to the left – but not far enough or fast enough to satisfy DSA or others in its radical base.

Since 1992 the Communist Party USA has ceased to run its own presidential candidates, ordering members instead to vote for the Democrat. Hillary Clinton thus ran with the endorsement of the Communist Party that used to be funded and directed by Moscow … but the liberal-left media never asked Mrs. Clinton or any other Democrat to renounce this support or explain why Communists now see Democrats as ideological allies.

The Democratic Party, it seems, is justly doomed – but will its demise come from patriotic Americans, or from its extremist socialist authoritarians willing to ruin America if they cannot rule it?

Lowell Ponte is a veteran think-tank futurist and former Reader’s Digest roving editor who has covered stories in 33 countries. His new book, “Money, Morality & the Machine,” reveals how bad money drives good morals out of society and how you can protect your family from the future of “Star Trekonomics.” For a free, postpaid copy, call toll-free 800-630-1492.

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