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A five-month long civic lesson

Scott Robert Shaw



That was an interesting civics lesson. In the past five months since election day, we have borne witness to just how our system of democracy works. Probably more than we imagined we ever would or cared to. We didn’t necessarily expect to learn the winner on November 3rd, but who thought it would take until December 14? Along the way we have witnessed just how the intricate process of electing a president works. We watched recount after recount which ultimately determined our elections were secure. We learned that a President can sue in just about every court at any level to try to get results overturned. We learned that a President can try to change the rules so that the Legislature, not the electors, be allowed to determine who won. We also learned that one can only ignore reality for so long, and  Joe Biden is the next President of the United States, after winning fairly and convincingly. The same margin of victory Donald Trump called a landslide four years earlier. Our system of democracy worked. Even Mitch McConnell now sees that, saying “our system of government has the processes to determine who will be sworn in on January 20. The Electoral College has spoken.” It has spoken clearly that despite repeated and unprecedented efforts to attack our democracy with claims of fraud, our democracy’s health may be stronger than ever.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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