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The election is too important to sit out



It is easy to be turned off by politics. All the empty promises, the extreme partisanship and lack of productivity are all factors in making people turn away. But despite the repulsiveness of it all, it is important that people find someone they can support when voting day comes. But in Iowa’s caucuses this week, turnout was beyond dismal. The cold weather was likely a factor, but just over 110,000 voters turned out to participate on Monday. That accounts for just under 15% of the state’s registered Republicans. Let’s hope that is not a troubling trend. Because sitting out an election means you are letting someone else decide for you who should lead this country, and ultimately what laws we live under. Many young people who were energized by Bernie Sanders in 2016 didn’t feel the same passion for Hillary Clinton, and ultimately chose not to vote for anyone. That likely helped Donald Trump win the election. Both major candidates have flaws, and both no doubt support things you don’t. Still, it is important to vote so that the few aren’t determining the outcome for the many. There is too much at stake to sit out 2024.

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. Carol Herlitzka

    January 17, 2024 at 8:01 am

    I will vote for President Donald J Trump..never any disgusting liberals, that sold our great country
    To China..Treason…firing squad!!!

    • The Dude

      January 19, 2024 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Carol,

      As a Democrat myself, I had to look up “treason”, I am surprised where my party has taken our country WOW!

      Three key elements are necessary for an offense to constitute treason: an obligation of allegiance to the legal order, and intent and action to violate that obligation. Treason is a breach of allegiance and of the faithful support a citizen owes to the sovereignty within which he lives.

      I don’t know where our democratic party has went so drastically wrong. I see California, New York, Chicago and the entire southern border where my President Biden is NOT faithfully supporting the sovereignty of our country. The legal order is not being followed for legal immigration and certainly WOW I am in shock

  2. nick

    January 17, 2024 at 10:00 am

    We may be having to choose between two very bad choices. The first is Trump who has promised retribution and another four years of chaos. He will make our enemies stronger and the west weaker. The media will be relentless in their opposition and we will hear about every little foible.
    On the Democratic side, we have the DICTATING LIAR IN CHIEF, he spends recklessly; has no clear vision of a coherent foreign policy; has no coherent domestic policy and is constantly DICTATING THROUGH RULES how we should live.
    His appeasement and bowing to the left has left this country ill prepared for many of its challenges. The media is a total disgrace to the point that you cannot and SHOULD NOT TRUST THEM AT ALL.
    They have spent these last years PROTECTING BIDEN TO THE COST OF THIER LEGITIMACY.
    You do not want to take me on since I will go after anyone who deserves it and do not buy anyone’s bull.

  3. Walden

    January 17, 2024 at 11:30 am

    Apparently WIZM is unaware the Dems chose to cancel their participation in the Iowa primary and Biden is not even on the primary ballot in New Hampshire.

    The Dem party is picking Biden as its candidate, so there is no reason for Dems to think they are participating in the process.

    This is no different then when the Dem Party screwed its own leading 2016 candidate Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary and her super-delegates. A slightly different process but still slight-of-hand.

    “democracy” ? sure (sarc)

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