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Senator Johnson goes from an embarrassment to a danger to our democracy



U.S. Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has long been an embarrassment. He has a history of saying some pretty incredible things, rarely backed up by fact. Like that sunspots cause global warming. He has criticized the vaccines as unsafe and promoted alternative treatments, against the advice of health professionals.  Johnson has accused the government of indoctrinating our children. He defended the Capitol riot, but said if the protesters had been from Black Lives Matter, he “may have been a little concerned” for his safety. We have gotten use to rolling our eyes when we hear what comes out of Senator Johnson’s mouth, but what we learned at the most recent committee hearing into the January 6 insurrection is more than just idle talk of a politician trying to win re-election. We learned that an aide to Senator Johnson tried to hand a list of fake electors to Vice President Mike Pence just minutes before he began certifying the election. The Vice President refused to accept the list, and Johnson calls it a non-story. But it is a story when a sitting U.S. Senator tries to undermine the rule of law, our political institutions, and our election process. It seems we have underestimated our Senator all along. He isn’t just an embarrassment, he’s dangerous to our democracy.

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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  1. Richard Lepsch

    June 23, 2022 at 6:11 am

    The only danger to a democracy is a person Like Scott, as you spread misinformation faster than CNN before getting all rhe facts.

  2. Chip DeNure

    June 23, 2022 at 6:32 am

    The true threat to our Democracy is the Democrats and the mainstream media. God bless Ron Johnson.

  3. Kitty Ryan

    June 23, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Gee I wonder who’s side YOU are on ?? Tells me a lot about WIZM. I am hoping with all my heart that Johnson stays with us a long time. This article was just to trash him. But you sure aren’t going to change MY mind!

  4. Charlene K Joyce

    June 23, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Like the others, it is quite obvious whose side you are on. I still remember a call from a mother of a poll worker in Milwaukee (I think) the morning after the election to Mike Hayes. She stated that ballots that had been disqualified were being counted anyway by her supervisor. The garbage being said about conservatives is ridiculous and dangerous to the country. Come on, Mr Shaw, read ALL of the information, not just the stuff you agree with.

  5. Sean

    June 26, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    So disappointing to see a solid ~30% of this lost Country actively descending the unwilling majority into fascism. Apparently the other commenters don’t have the forethought to think about the very real consequences, if this fascist coup had been successful. Like, for example, the fact that NONE of our free Allies worldwide would have even acknowledged the US as a legitimate State, cutting us off from all trade, travel, and input in vital global decisions-NATO too, most likely. N Korea, Russia, China, etc would certainly embrace us, for obvious reasons. Cool allies, huh fascists? We’ve just witnessed the Amerikan Taliban enact domestic sharia law, officially reclassifying all American Women as service animals. Nothing more than breeding stock, with fewer rights than any gun. Progress? RJ is such a willing and helpful fascist tool simply because he is so brutally unintelligent, but this is pure, uncut sedition on his behalf. Hopefully his consequences include a lengthy prison sentence. Do better, Wisco.

    • Chip DeNure

      June 27, 2022 at 10:20 am

      I just increased my next donation to Ron Johnson after reading this. Thanks.

      • Sean

        June 27, 2022 at 1:07 pm

        Consider me not surprised. I’ve always subscribed to the belief that a fool and his money…are lucky to have ever gotten together in the first place.
        Especially in your instance, it obviously tracks.

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