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More Conservatives Call on Cornyn to Oppose Federal CRT Bill

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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Senator John Cornyn of Texas

Following a recent slate of GOP policy missteps—including a hastily passed “gun control” bill that elicited the support of 15 Republican Senators and last summer’s so-called “infrastructure” package, which was used by progressives as a smokescreen to advance far-left social causes—some Republicans are once again at risk of playing directly into the hands of the radical left. This time, however, the future of K-12 education and the hearts and minds of millions of American students are on the line.

The “Civics Secures Democracy Act” (CSDA), which is dishonestly framed as a bipartisan legislative effort that would “support and expand access to history and civics education,” was just reintroduced in Congress last month. The bill, which was led by Senators John Cornyn (R) of Texas and Chris Coons (D) of Delaware (known as one of the most far-left Democrats in the Senate) was first introduced in March 2021, and is widely seen among conservatives as a not-so-subtle attempt to federalize the forced indoctrination of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and gender ideology in public schools. But despite these concerns, the latest draft of Coons’s and Cornyn’s legislation appears just as dangerous as the first: as Stanley Kurtz notes, the new version of the bill “is the same in substance as the original, although the language this time is stealthier.”

The bill states, for instance, that its civics programs would be primarily oriented toward “clos[ing] gaps in civic knowledge” among “traditionally underserved students,” including “underrepresented minorities.” Although this language may appear benevolent on the surface, as AMAC Newsline has noted before, this specific phraseology is a favorite tactic of the radical left to push historically revisionist accounts of U.S. history and culture that paint the country as systemically racist and defined by slavery and oppression. For example, Biden’s executive order directing every federal agency to implement Critical Race Theory-oriented ideology in all of their actions was titled “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”—which should raise concerns that the Biden Department of Education plans to spend the funds allocated in the CSDA for the same purpose.

Although the mainstream media has by and large failed to cover the bill at all – something which should immediately raise red flags for conservatives – it has nevertheless provoked a growing chorus of conservative opposition, drawing criticism from the likes of former President Donald Trump, Governor Ron DeSantis, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Fox News host Laura Ingraham, and radio host Mark Levin.

“Despite the parental backlash, Democrats are right now racing to pass a federal bill to push CRT in schools nationwide. It’s terrible,” Trump said in a recent address to the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “Known as the ‘Civics Secures Democracy Act,’ this bill would spend billions and billions of dollars imposing federal curriculum standards, so-called civics education—they call it civics education—which is nothing more than a fake name for Radical Left indoctrination. We have enough of it. It’s Common Core 2.0.”

Mike Pompeo similarly derided the bill as a way to allow the Biden administration to achieve its “stated goal” of “push[ing] its woke agenda into classrooms and the minds of our children.” Gingrich said the bill was “exactly the kind of thing I expect from the Big Government Socialists in Washington”—and was “astonished that there were Republicans who cosponsored the bill.” Laura Ingraham called the bill “insane,” while Governor Ron DeSantis has slammed the CSDA as an effort to “award grants to indoctrinate students with ideologies like critical race theory” – a claim that PolitiFact incorrectly labeled “false” and misquoted in a shameless attempt to discredit DeSantis.

Regrettably, such criticism has failed to get through to Cornyn and fellow Republicans Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, who are also sponsoring the bill. In a June 30 tweet, Cornyn blithely dismissed criticism of the bill as “a lie,” signaling that these Republicans are unlikely to withdraw their support from the radical legislation anytime soon.

As many on the right have been quick to observe, Cornyn’s inability to recognize the severe dangers his bill presents demonstrates not only a shocking degree of naiveté, but also the prospect of Republican political cover for the radical left’s nationalization of CRT and emerging leftist fads like drag queen story hour in K-12 classrooms. And as the Democrats’ own political prospects continue to collapse and Biden’s polling sinks further into the low 30s, it is difficult to imagine a more self-destructive electoral strategy than what Cornyn is proposing Republican Senators sign on to. Providing a boost to Democrats’ effort to politicize education just as the parents’ rights movement begins to gain steam would undoubtedly be a major blow to morale for would-be Republican voters just ahead of November.

But the destructive repercussions of Cornyn’s radical civics bill would extend far beyond Republicans’ performance in this year’s midterms. For the sake of our children, our schools, and the future of our nation itself—every conservative should hope that Cornyn and other Republicans supportive of the bill will realize this truth and change course before it’s too late.


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caseyp
2 days ago

Cornyn is a RINO and lost cause. He needs to go.

HocasPocas
28 days ago

Sounds like conyn has got to go

caseyp
2 days ago
Reply to  HocasPocas

I am a Conservative living in Texas. I’ve been saying that for years.

K A
29 days ago

CRT is absolutely the most racist crap on the planet. I am supposed to apologize for crap that happened hundreds of years ago and pay you F off not happening

Theresa Coughlin
29 days ago

parents need to pull their children out of the public schools and take their children’s education into their own hands. Also, education needs to be taken out of the hands of the federal government (starting with the closure of the Department of Education) and the union bosses and put back into the hands of the state and local governments and the parents where it belongs.

caseyp
2 days ago

We need to shut down the federal Department of “Education”. the teacher’s unions and bring back discipline. That would solve most of the problems.

Chris
29 days ago

All RINOs like Cornyn need to retire and go home!
Its Time for the Republican Party to weed out these closet Democrats

10ffgrid
29 days ago

“CRT” is fictional revisionist history, and has NO PLACE being present on ANY education platform. Government “schools” and the democrat party are the biggest threats that the U.S.A. has ever faced.

Cswayzee
29 days ago

RINO Cornyn needs to retire and go home!

Mimi
29 days ago
Reply to  Cswayzee

Not likely that he will leave his cushy government job. He’s getting rich in money and power. He just needs to change his party affiliations and show his true colors.

Patrick Meadows
29 days ago

Many times I have written to Cornyn (RINO) as to his leftist leaning. Response was something like (Thank you for your support) and never a reply as to his leftist leanings…..Have supported anyone that would run against him in Primaries in Texas. Ted Cruz is the guy……Need another Senator like him, NOT CORNYN!!!!

Tammy Sikes
30 days ago

Cornyn is a traitor to all Texans! We must vote him out!

Robert Zuccaro
30 days ago

Just what we need: more “educators” like the loon Hawley interviewed who called women “cis birthing people” who claimed trans-women could get pregnant. The New Left are like something written by Monty Python…

10ffgrid
29 days ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

They promote and celebrate mental illness …….. akin to a sci-fi flick, as though it was reality.

Gary Keller
30 days ago

Cornyn, Kennedy and Inhofe ?? The Summer heat, must really have gotten to these “Conservatives” , Especially my Rep. Cornyn ! You have Already disappointed on the Hastily written , “feel-good” Gun Bill, Now This CRT Legislation ? This is Off Course ! Please, Please, Change Course, Now, it’s Your Record…..

rustee1i
30 days ago

The “U.S. Department of Education” needs to be eliminated.
Why do we NEED that “dept.”
It flies in the face of logic! Education is, and, should be a LOCAL issue….not a federal gov’t issue.
This is an obvious 10th amendment issue!

Cswayzee
29 days ago
Reply to  rustee1i

Yep, we could save a TON of money by eliminating the DOE, Planned Parent Hood and others!

David
30 days ago

Many Republicans are really not for a balanced budget, maintaining gun ownership, oil independence, etc. The Democrats are focused on power and will do anything to get it from election tampering/fraud to having false investigations on Trump. I did not realize how corrupt our government is which also includes our senior bureaucratic leaders. Trump was the first Republican who stood up to the evil of the Democratic Party, the media, and social media companies. I have been disappointed in Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney on many occasions. We must not give up hope for positive change. Evil will grow and grow until it will consume itself. My children will most likely live in an America which is less free. Hopefully, my grandchildren will live a better life with more freedoms as the evil is stamped out.

SusanC
30 days ago

Cornyn is nothing more than a sellout, establishment Republican that does not represent his constituents. He only cares about two things.Lining his pockets at the expense of taxpayers and getting re elected. I hope someone will step up to primary him in 27. Yes! We are stuck with him until then.

HocasPocas
28 days ago
Reply to  SusanC

If the US Citizens ran their businesses the way we run our government, we would have nothing to show for our efforts. If you elect someone into a government position on the grounds that they are going to work on your behalf and it turns out that once they are elected they decide to turn on you and try to destroy you, are you going to sit back and allow this tyrannical behavior or are you going to fire the ignorant bastards

HocasPocas
28 days ago
Reply to  SusanC

Apparently AMAC doesn’t want to post my reasonable Solution to this problem

Judy
30 days ago

I wonder if these Republicans pushing critical race theory have bothered to even look up to see what they want our children to be exposed to. What are they gaining from the democrats to help push this trash. Hope the Republicans in these states remember this

David
1 month ago

My reading of the Constitution reveals no ceding by the states to the Federal Government relating to power over education. In fact I believe that any federal action relative to education is a large Conflict of Interest. Many congresspersons are dependent on the votes of uneducated or under-educated voters for their positions. They thus have little or no reason to promote quality education for the country’s young. Now that we have a Supreme Court making rulings based on the Constitution maybe we can eliminate federal bureaucracies not explicitly allowed by the Constitution.

David
1 month ago

Is it possible in the State of Texas to recall a US Senator? If so, does anybody here know how to initiate the recall? I live in Texas and have had enough of John Cornyn

Alaskavoice
30 days ago
Reply to  David

Cornyn needs too go! Just like Murkowski, Collins, Romney, McConnell, Cassidy, Inhofe and the other RINOS.
The Republican leaders in all the states of all these RINOS, need too put some strong candidates up too run against them and get them out of office. They all have been in office way too long and are hurting this Country. They are an embarrassment. Alaska has put up a strong candidate against Murkowski, problem is the democrats are pouring money into the state too help Murkowski. Last time she had a strong opponent, she ran as an independent and won!

HocasPocas
28 days ago
Reply to  Alaskavoice

Sounds like citizens of Alaska are uneducated

Anthony
1 month ago

It has to be better than teaching Critical Race Theory, which we know is flat out false. Hopefully it passes.

Gilbert
30 days ago
Reply to  Anthony

it is teaching CRT.

HocasPocas
28 days ago
Reply to  Anthony

Do you have brain fog

Ron Howard
1 month ago

This year in particular John Cornyn has become increasingly Democrat in his legislative actions, first pushing new Gun Laws and now pushing K-12 Critical Race Theory and Gender ID. I have called his office repeatedly to complain about his leftist trend and to let him know I will NOT vote for him this time. He has turned his back on his conservative voters.

terg
1 month ago
Reply to  Ron Howard

Coryn is turning into another John McCain. I said that in a voicemail I left. He’s so old now. I wish these old geezers would step down and give a chance to younger men. I’m in my 60s and I enjoy retirement. But these old politicians are so full of themselves, they stay in their offices till they die. People need to vote in the primaries so we can get rid of men like Coryn.

Tom
1 month ago

Cornyn is a collaborator. He is another go along to get along RINO. Doing what he does only strengthens this illegitimate regime. He’s not doing what Texans want he’s doing what he wants to benefit himself. He will not get reelected the next time he’s up.

Larry
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

He always has been. When I was living in TX I voted for one of the truly conservative candidates who ran against him in that primary but far too many Republicans rubber stamped him and he won again by a wide margin. That right there is half the problem. People don’t actually research the candidates and vote for the name they reco, and then they wonder why Congress keeps passing laws they don’t like. It’s always someone else’s fault.

Patrick Meadows
29 days ago
Reply to  Larry

Ditto

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