The Most Whole Life Politician in America

Photo by Maria Oswalt on Unsplash

MSW writes:

There is no clearer contrast between a morally depraved governor and a morally serious one than a comparison of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, both of whom are Catholic. DeSantis is a Republican and Edwards is a Democrat….

Edwards, who signed a six-week abortion ban last year,  used his final State of the State address to call on the legislature of his conservative state to repeal the death penalty. “It doesn’t deter crime; it isn’t necessary for public safety; and more importantly, it is wholly inconsistent with Louisiana’s pro-life values as it quite literally promotes a culture of death,” Edwards told the legislators in Baton Rouge.

As far as I know, there is no other governor in the entire country as morally consistent on the issue of life as Edwards, which is a sad comment on the state of our political life.

The Louisiana governor also called on the legislators to ask themselves what else being pro-life should entail.

“One thing we can all agree on is that Louisiana is a pro-life state. … But we have to ask ourselves what does that mean?” Edwards asked. “Do the policies we’ve enacted support the position we’ve taken? Do we truly support families? What does it mean if we let mothers and fathers work full time without being able to afford to feed and house their children?”

Edwards asked for paid family and medical leave for parents, and for an equal pay law to raise the wages of women who remain discriminated against in the workplace. He defended his expansion of Medicaid in the state, which has provided basic health care to half a million working poor citizens, a move he called “the easiest big decision I made as governor.” Edwards is the most “whole life” politician in America.

Edwards concluded his speech by quoting from his “favorite” scriptural passage, Matthew 25. “I have strived to be a Matthew 25 governor,” he said.