Mike Johnson, the new Speaker of the House and a Louisiana native who grew up in the Bible Belt, seems like a very palatable speaker candidate for most Christians and Republicans. Shaking hands and accepting prayer requests make him seem like the most harmless of political actors even if you don’t agree with his political ideology.
In a video posted on X, Johnson said, “We know that we're living in a completely amoral society,” referencing radical feminism, abortion, and divorce laws as the basis of his argument.
However, Johnson’s policy plans seem amoral in themselves.
Some of his biggest, most threatening takes are rooted in a significant cut in federal funding for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and children's health coverage. It is estimated that 23 million Americans would lose health insurance as a result of his new budgetary push.
Further, with an estimated 7.4 million families living below the poverty level, Johnson will have to act fast to put his “pro-family” priorities to the test. Hopefully, these priorities are for all families, though. After having a hand in crafting what has been called the national version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, one can’t be too certain.
Johnson spent years fighting against gay rights prior to running for office, believing that if one is “trapped in a homosexual lifestyle, it’s dangerous.”
In fact, these “pro-family” priorities seem to be only for those that fit Johnson’s ideal nuclear family.
He believes that laws that allow for a no-fault divorce are a “scheme” and to blame for our “completely amoral society.”
Maybe Johnson hasn’t consulted the statistics on this one; if he did, he would find that states allowing for this type of divorce have shown a 20 percent decrease in related female suicides.