cornyn/trump – systemic racism and . . .

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn faces outcry from Democrats after questioning idea of systemic racism
(June 17, 2020)
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has faced a barrage of criticism from Texas and national Democrats in recent days for his comments and questions about racism made during a hearing over how to overhaul the country’s criminal justice system in the wake of Minneapolis resident George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.

Sen. John Cornyn showed he has no idea what systemic racism is
He’s the latest Republican to question the existence of system racism in policing.
(June 16, 2020)

‘Nobody’s Beating You,’ Trump Assures John Cornyn
Our state’s senior senator continues to hitch himself to Trump’s wagon, even as things get rocky.
(November 8, 2019)
“John Cornyn might as well fire his entourage of political consultants, advisors, and pollsters. President Donald Trump—the pollster of the people, the one who triumphed in the only poll that matters, Election Day—is confident the Texas senior senator’s political future is secure.
“I looked at your polls. Nobody’s beating you, John. Nobody,” Trump assured Cornyn on Wednesday at a White House event celebrating his administration’s numerous federal judicial appointments.

Rubio, Cornyn Urge Sanctions for Human Rights Abuses in Vietnam 
(July 31, 2020)
“We support the Administration’s vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, but the Vietnamese government’s unjust arrests and persecution of members of the press and religious practitioners remains a challenge . . . . The only way to realize the full potential of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship is to press them to take serious steps to improve the human rights situation in Vietnam. . .” [sic]

Fighting for Attention: Democracy, Free Speech, and the Marketplace of Ideas
The article suggests that the current marketplace of ideas leaves out a core concept that should inform First Amendment analysis. It mentions debates in campaign-finance law, comparing the Court’s treatment of expenditures under its traditional laissez-faire model. It also mentions Court’s existing “more speech” and “free trade” principles and explain how both public and private devices can interfere with free competition between ideas.

First In, First Out: Promises and Problems of Free Expression in Revolutionary and PostRevolutionary Governments
“During these elections, Louis XVI took the surprising step of suspending censorship of publications, even allowing writings that criticized the monarchy. As a result of the king’s decision, France was deluged with pamphlets and newspapers calling for a social and economic overhaul of the entire country. This concept of a free press went against the historic limitations on spoken or printed words that defiled certain sacrosanct aspects of French life, particularly the Catholic clergy—who were seen as guardians of moral, honorable, and orderly living—and the monarchy, viewed as the supreme authority safeguarding this traditional way of life.”

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