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Carl Parker

Today we hear a lot about “fake news.” It appears that at least from the Washington sector, fake news is most often described as any news unfavorable to those in power. Our country’s, founders such as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams and others, made it abundantly clear that part of the essential lifeblood of a free democratic society is free speech, along with a free and independent news media.

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Carl Parker

Those of us who live in a democratic, free society live under a basic contract. Our contract with the government is embodied in what we know as our constitutions. Our basic document in Texas is a constitution written in approximately 1877. It has undergone several hundred amendments; a major effort in 1977 to rewrite the whole thing failed. The Texas constitution is an instrument or contract we live under. Nov.

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Carl Parker

History is filled with the accounts of attempts to meld religion and government, and the subsequent wars. Lessons are to be learned from the crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. We should remember why the pilgrims left England and came to America. Kings tried to mandate the choice of religions for hundreds of years. And there are those today who would have the U.S. government do the same thing.

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If news reports concerning the past regular session and the special session are accurate, it could be that our state senate is losing not only its independence, but also its credibility. It seems from outside appearance it is becoming more of a rubber stamp for the desires of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott.

From many years of observation as well as my years in the Senate, I know the Senate was once fiercely independent and jealous of any erosion of senatorial power or political stroke. In recent sessions, it seems this tradition of the Senate has faded away.

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Sometime back, I happened to be in the company of a CEO of a large, national food store chain. During our conversation, he spoke of the fight that was going on for majority control of the stock in the company. He had previously told me the corporation teetered on the brink of bankruptcy.

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