Johnson speaks to Lions about timely issues 

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Fourth Congressional District Rep. Mike Johnson spent some time talking to Minden Lions last week … but even more time answering questions that are some of the ones he’s often asked.

After Col. Carl Thompson introduced him, Johnson complimented Lions on beginning their meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer.

“Our country really needs it right now,” he said. “Life is short, and prayer matters, so we need to be engaged in that.”

Johnson discussed updates from Washington, addressing first the deaths of children and adults who were killed last week at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

“The reflexive thing is ‘let’s take everybody’s guns away,’” he said. “That is not the solution.” He then quoted Henry David Thoreau, saying, “There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one that’s striking at the root.”

Johnson suggested government should look at the root cause of the problem in order to find a solution. “This is a spiritual problem,” he continued. “It requires spiritual solutions.” He added his colleagues in Washington don’t believe in the spiritual side.

He said one of the answers is to restore the soul and foundation of America.

“It’s not going to happen from Washington,” he said. “It’s going to happen in our local communities, among our people. Ronald Reagan said, ‘Freedom is not inherited in the bloodstream. It has to be fought for and defended. It has to be taught to our children so they can preserve it.’”

Johnson was asked about election security.

“I am very optimistic about the upcoming cycle,” he said. “We saw all sorts of chaos and hijinks in 2020. It seemed like a noble goal to make sure everyone could vote during Covid.”

Mailing ballots to everyone in the state seemed like a good idea, but instead, it backfired.

“All of the changes they did to the election laws were unconstitutional,” Johnson said. “There will be no more blanket mail-outs. Poll watchers will be watching everything. If people don’t trust the ballot boxes, we have nothing.”

In addition, he said New York City is allowing undocumented immigrants to vote.

Johnson spoke on other subjects, such as impeaching President Joe Biden.

“If you do that, you will have Kamala Harris,” he pointed out. “If she is impeached also, that leaves you with Nancy Pelosi.”

Following the meeting, District E Councilwoman Pam Bloxom presented the congressman with a proclamation from Mayor Terry Gardner, naming May 26 Mike Johnson Day in Minden.

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