The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


December 12, 2013

Readers' Forum 12-12 | Democrats need a reality check

JOHNSTOWN — I have been a lifelong Democrat. However, the Democratic Party has morphed into something I can no longer support. In October, I changed my party affiliation.

As a Christian, I cannot be a member of a party that campaigns for abortion on demand, a perverse definition of marriage, attacks on religious liberty and massive government deficits.

The Democratic Party wishes to bypass our Constitution, to reward illegal immigrants with citizenship, to undermine our military and coal industry, and to abandon our ally, Israel.

Cherished traditions and freedoms are being assaulted. Scandals and impeachable offenses abound.

Obamacare is a disaster; hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a flawed website, hundreds of millions more spent to fix it. The contract was awarded to friends of the Obamas without the bidding process.

The health care bill has already caused many to lose insurance, doctors to retire early, and hospitals to close or cut back services. All this so that socialism is advanced.

I have always voted for the person, not the party. But by remaining a Democrat, I believe I would be sharing in the immorality and lunacy that characterizes that party.

No political party is perfect, but the Democratic Party has become morally bankrupt. Also, it pushes an agenda which is ruining our country’s economy and its heritage of freedom.

I urge like-minded Democrats to change their party affiliation, even for a short time, to send a signal to the party. A huge drop in membership might cause the Democrats to rethink policies.

Gale Bala


We need warriors to right the wrongs

More than 100 million people could lose their health care because the Affordable Care Act. Some will be elderly, children and the seriously ill.

President Obama and his supporters still don’t care.

I’m not a member of the tea party, but we need people like them to fight for things that need to be done. The evil that people do lives after them. The evil of this government will take decades to repair.

President Franklin Roosevelt was not responsible for ending the Great Depression, but he is the father of modern American socialism. Obama is recreating the Great Depression. His plan is to create crises to which only he has the solution.

He sees religion as his enemy. That is why he allies himself and his followers with atheists. God will not lie to you, but Obama will.

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the symbol of hope and peace. Peace is what we seek when ask for God’s forgiveness. We must pray that this government finds peace or it will keep attacking Christmas and Christians.

Merry Christmas.

Ron Marol


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