I feel compelled to respond to Bob Layne’s Oct. 23 editorial in which he extols the greatness of the Democrat Party. He mentions that he had an awakening while serving as a state senator in Kentucky whereby he transitioned himself from being a Republican to becoming a Democrat. He goes on to boast that he is proud to be a progressive liberal Democrat.

Perhaps a brief historic expose of the Democrat Party ought to change his glee in being a liberal Democrat. The Democrat Party was the party of slavery, states’ rights, the Ku Klux Klan, segregation, and the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision of 1857. Also, the Democrat Party is jubilant over the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973 which made abortion (murder) legal in this country. To date, over 60 million babies have had their lives eliminated.

Layne is ticked off at President Trump because he interrupted Obama and his minions’ (George Soros, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Shumer, and Hillary Clinton) goal of transforming our country from many freedoms of a capitalistic country to a Socialist-Marxist country. Also, I am proud to be pro-life and pro legal immigration. The Democrat Party has taken all mention of God from their political platforms in both 2012 and 2016. I’m not happy about that!

Especially upsetting to me is that Democrats seem to want to let illegal immigrants have the same or even more rights than legal immigrants or native-born Americans.

The progressive liberal Democrat Party has been “hijacked” by Obama and Hillary Clinton, followers of Saul Alinsky’s ideology as spelled out in his book "Rules for Radicals." One of his rules is gun-control, which Obama and Layne both espouse. The Democrat Party is actually the RIOT - resist, intimidate, obstruct, and tax - Party.

Don Etchison

Haven