A Dallas salon owner went viral on April 25, 2020 when she decided to shred a citation during a rally protesting Texas’s shutdown order.
Shelley Luther originally made headlines by opening her salon on April 24 despite the state is being subject to a lockdown order until April 30.
Luther received a citation from Dallas on April 24. At the Open Texas rally at Frisco City Hall this past weekend, the crowd went wild as she tore up her citation.
“I’m not anyone special,” Luther said, according to WFAA.
“I just know that I have rights. You have rights to feed your children and make income and anyone that wants to take away those rights is wrong.”
The citation letter described Luther’s decision to open as “a violation of this order during a pandemic may be punished criminally as a misdemeanor or enforced by civil action pursuant to the order.”
Kristi Parker, a hair stylist at Luther’s Salon A la Mode, declared that the Texas State government was infringing on their right to make a living.
“Have you ever heard of the right of assemble? The right to work? The right to pursue happiness?” Parker said on April 24 when the salon reopened that day, according to KDFW.
“And I don’t appreciate the long arm of the government telling the blue-collar workers that we can’t work.”
Luther previously said that she was “prepared to take on whatever it is that comes.”
The ball is now in Governor Greg Abbott’s court.
After the shelter order expires on April 30, he must roll out a plan to reopen Texas’s economy.
Not doing so in a timely manner, will hurt Texas’s reputation as a pro-business state.
Ohio Republican Rob Portman Announces that He Won’t Be Seeking Re-Election
America first nationalists must capitalize on this opening in the senate.
On January 25, 2021, Ohio Senator Rob Portman announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2022. The 2022 election cycle will be a critical mid-term cycle which will determine what course the Republican Party will take in the wake of Trump’s defeat.
According to a report at The Epoch Times, Portman cited “partisan gridlock in Congress and political polarization” as his main reasons for leaving the Senate.
“I feel fortunate to have been entrusted by the people of Ohio to represent them in the U.S. Senate. Today, I am announcing that I have made a decision not to run again in 2022,” Portman said in a statement.
The Republican senator continued, “I don’t think any Senate office has been more successful in getting things done, but honestly, it has gotten harder and harder to break through the partisan gridlock and make progress on substantive policy, and that has contributed to my decision.”
In Portman’s view, the United States has become “increasingly polarized where members of both parties are being pushed further to the right and further to the left, and that means too few people who are actively looking to find common ground.” Portman also contended that “This is not a new phenomenon, of course, but a problem that has gotten worse over the past few decades.” He concluded by stating that “This is a tough time to be in public service.”
Portman accompanies his colleagues Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey and North Carolina Senator Richard Burr in retiring from office. Portman’s presence won’t be missed. He voted for the Iraq War and even betrayed President Trump by voting against his national emergency declaration at the border. To add insult to injury, Portman has routinely talked smack about President Trump behind his back.
2022 is shaping up to be an interesting year for Republicans with numerous seats in play. With regards to open seats, there will be unique opportunities for America First nationalists to shine in. Ohio is ground zero for the emerging populist realignment taking place in America. Once a state that could go either way during a given election cycle, Ohio is now a safe Republican state.
America First nationalists should milk this opening for what it’s worth and place a staunch nationalist to run for the open GOP seat in 2022. This will be the first midterm where populists can begin purging the party of neocons and other establishment types.
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