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Senator Ron Johnson Should Stand Up To Delusional President

January 3, 2021

We have never been at the place our nation now finds itself. On Sunday two separate news stories caught the attention of the public. The first one demonstrated how disdainfully some treat our democracy while the second one allowed us to witness the higher standards we wish all those who lead the nation to possess. The fragility of our democracy is a real topic as we start a new year in ways that no one could have predicted only a few months ago.

The nation became aware Sunday morning that, in a stunning hour-long audio recording, Donald Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find 11,780 votes” so to overturn the presidential election. Richard Nixon’s “smoking gun” tape is soon to be an asterisk in comparison.

Only a few hours later an equally stunning news story was reported concerning all 10 living former U.S. defense secretaries declaring that the just concluded presidential election is over. Never before have defense secretaries needed to register such a forceful statement to the nation. To say that these events Sunday were breathtaking would be an understatement.

This leads us to the actions of Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson. Over the past days, we have learned that Johnson will be among roughly a dozen GOP senators who will vote in a special session to support the factless arguments of Trump in attempting to undo the election results.

Johnson knows that the votes cast in Wisconsin have been counted and recounted. The results were upheld by the state Supreme Court, a federal district judge, along with the 7th circuit court of appeals. The bottom line is that there is no evidence of fraud in Wisconsin. Yet Johnson took to a national Sunday morning news show to continue his desire to disenfranchise Wisconsinites who voted this fall.

Why Johnson has aligned with conspiracy theories and what partisan gain he hopes to garner by such actions is something I will leave to others to discern. His stated intentions, along with the fury he is stoking among a certain element of the conservative base, creates a dangerous time for our democracy.

Johnson is actually going to proceed with his support for Trump who is actively undermining the will of the citizens of this country that was expressed in a free and fair election. Instead of standing with our ideals for a peaceful transfer of power Johnson will turn his back on dozens of judges around the nation who have heard roughly 50 election cases, many governors, countless election officials, the Electoral College, the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the US Supreme Court. They all concluded that there are no credible allegations of widespread voting fraud.

I am truly disgusted as a voting citizen and state resident, that Johnson sees all this as nothing more than a political opportunity that he can latch onto. He would better serve the nation and history books if he took a strident stand for truth and came to understand that when our nation, which is committed to democracy, acts out in ways that run counter to our ideals it hurts our credibility on the world stage. Our nation, again and again, urges other nations to participate in free and fair elections. With autocracy on the rise worldwide it is imperative that Johnson stand up to Trump, and in so doing, defend the most treasured aspect of our freedom.

Our right to vote, have it counted, and be led by the winners of the election.

And so it goes.

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