The now-socialist Democratic Party has fundamentally transformed itself. Because it now opposes democracy, it should be required to change its name.

The Democratic Party has abandoned free markets and white, working class, and middle class Americans. A majority of its voter base is now young African-American, Latino and other groups. These minority voters rightly ask why aging white politicians devoid of any new or constructive ideas are ruling their party.

The Democratic Party, ever since it began two centuries ago, has used racist divide-and-conquer “identity group” politics to gain power. (Our Framers left political parties out of our Constitution because they are “faction,” organizations that ignore the national interest and gain power by pitting Americans against one another.)

Democrats were the party of the slave owners, Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow and Bull Connor. Today Democrats still practice hateful racial polarization, even if the races change.

Democrats won the greatest con game in political history: They tricked African-Americans into voting overwhelmingly for the slave owners’ party instead of the party of the slaves’ great emancipator Abraham Lincoln.

Democrats have always used poisonous racial politics to split America into “tribes” that fear, distrust and resent one another.

The good news is polls show both African-Americans and Latinos starting to move away from the Democratic Party that for so long has deceived and exploited them for its own power.

The bad news for Democrats is that, for example, without winning 90 percent of African-American voters, it will lose. In panic, the Democratic Party is turning to tactics that are clearly anti-democratic.

If the Democratic Party were a money-making business (as in reality it is), the Federal Trade Commission or other agencies would invoke the “Truth in Labeling and Advertising” laws to prevent such dishonesty.

But as you might have guessed, politicians long ago exempted themselves from having to make only “truthful” statements in their campaign ads; they gave themselves a little-known “license to lie.”

Is today’s progressive, socialist “Democratic” Party in any honest sense democratic? It promotes a “resistance” movement in America’s “deep state” of unelected bureaucrats, unelected Democrat judges and conservative-gagging unelected leftist media and journalists to undermine, impede, block or sabotage governance by our duly-elected president, Donald Trump.

Democrats claim that Mr. Trump won illegitimately with the help of Russia. The only evidence thus far of Russian collusion is that Democratic President Barack Obama’s politicized Justice Department and FBI spied on Republican Trump’s campaign, justifying this by FISA warrants improperly based on a Russian-concocted dossier paid for by the Democratic National Committee and its uninvestigated presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Democrats nevertheless demand that President Trump, who defeated Clinton decisively, be removed immediately – not by voters, but by a manipulated political process. They are literally attempting a coup d’état against America’s elected government, as if we are now a banana republic.

The spectrum of what leftist Democrats now demand ranges from impeachment, to removal under the 25th Amendment for purported mental incompetence, to the “annulment” of the Trump-Pence administration by a Supreme Court seizing such unconstitutional power to remove a president.

This is no crazier than what other leftist Democrats are doing. Black-masked antifa terrorists violently attack conservative speakers and are praised by leftist CNN’s Chris Cuomo – brother of New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who now uses regulatory threats to compel private companies to toe his ideological line and attack citizen Second Amendment rights.

Democrat media stars call for assassinating the president, inspiring leftist activists like the Senator Bernie Sanders supporter who shot Rep. Steve Scalise and tried to murder other Republican lawmakers.

Democrats now routinely disobey federal immigration and drug laws. They establish “sanctuary cities” and promise free government benefits, paid for by taxpayers, to foreigners who flood into America by the tens of millions.

(The European Union is under similar attack by anti-democracy globalist elitists, who are erasing European nations and democracy with millions of welfare-taking illegal immigrant voters.)

In 2018, Democrat-dominated California launched a law that automatically registers illegal aliens to vote, and which shields them from state criminal prosecution for voting illegally. Democrats hate no-longer-Communist Russia allegedly influencing American democracy – but they have no problem with Russia giving Hillary Clinton $145 million, or with millions of illegal foreigners voting in our elections to negate the ballots of American citizens.

A complete list of Democratic Party anti-democracy actions would run to thousands of pages. It is time to remove its mask and demand that they use a truthful name, such as the Anti-Democracy Party.

Lowell Ponte is a former Reader’s Digest Roving Editor. His latest book co-authored with Craig R. Smith, “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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