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Dallas Salon Fined After Opening in Defiance of ‘Stay-at-Home’ Order But Continues Operating

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Salon A La Mode, a Dallas salon, opened on Friday despite the current Dallas county ‘stay-at-home’ order. The owner was issued a fine and given a cease and desist letter by Judge Clay Jenkins.

The salon was opened in the morning at regular business hours, as she had announced she would do the prior day. The owner had security to ensure the safety and compliance of its customers.

The police and fire-rescue arrived shortly, after receiving calls, and the owner received a ticket with a fine between $50 – $2000.

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After receiving the ticket, the owner did a brief press conference with local news.

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During the press conference, she answered a range of questions, concerning safety issues, her interactions with the police, and her reason for defying the order.

The owner reassured the crowd that she would not be closing despite receiving the fines. She said that her lawyer would be dealing with the ticket, and she insisted she will not pay it.

When asked if she wanted to send a message to other Dallas business owners in her situation, she simply stated, “Open up. It’s your right.”

The owner detailed why she wasn’t concerned about the virus spreading in her salon. She said,

In my salon…we’re all wearing protective gear. We’re all sanitizing. Everything is completed sanitary in there. I’m not letting anybody in without a mask…. We’re much more protected than Walmart, Home Depot, or any of the other shops they deem essential.

In addition to these precautions she outlined to the press, she was also reported to have been taking temperatures of customers.

The reporters began to ask questions about how far she was willing to go in her defiance of the unjust order.

The owner said that she would continue operating the business. She also said that was prepared (and expected to) go to jail Friday morning, but still willing to stand up and give a voice to others like her.

I feel like me not being in jail right now is a pretty big deal. I dressed today thinking ‘I better where something comfortable….’

Because all the small business owners need to have some sort of voice, and we need to stand up for what’s right or we will have our freedoms taken away.

This is one of a few businesses across Texas, including a restaurant in the Houston area, that opened their doors in defiance of ‘stay-at-home’ orders.

Dallas county extended their order a few days ago to May 15th, so only time will tell where confrontations like these are headed.

 

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Mara Elvira Salazar is No Friend of America First Nationalism

Republican leaders would be wise to ignore all of her political advice.

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If there’s one Republican leader that young activists should never listen to, it’s Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. 

Salazar, who is a Cuban American, has been an outspoken advocate of loosening U.S. immigration laws. In fact, she even confronted known immigration hawk and key Trump adviser Stephen Miller at a Republican Study Committee weekly lunch on February 24, 2021. She specifically criticized Trump’s immigration message and demanded that the GOP be more inclusive in its outreach.

“I told him [Miller] that the GOP needs to attract the browns,” stated Salazar. “We, for the last 30 years since Ronald Reagan, have not sent the right message to the browns,” she continued. “Reagan was the last guy who gave a path to citizenship to 3 million people … 35 years ago. It’s time for us to do the same thing that Reagan did.”

Salazar doubled down on her pro-immigration message when she went on Larry Kudlow’s show on March 2 and declared that former President Donald Trump would have done better with Hispanics by advocating for looser immigration. Journalist Ryan Girdusky noted how some of Trump’s advisers were already pushing for amnesty lite policies:

Girdusky added that Salazar was rather unhinged in her criticism of Miller’s vision for the GOP:

Salazar made a lot of noise about the Hispanic vote, despite ignoring how Trump improved his Hispanic numbers between 2016 and his re-election bid in 2020 from 28% to 32%. And he did so without much Hispandering or campaigning on passing amnesty. 

The unsavory fact that the GOP consultant class and the likes of Salazar refuse to acknowledge is that the Black Lives Matter unrest alone likely pushed significant segments of the Hispanic population into the Democrats’ arms. BLM radicalism alienated Americans of all backgrounds., but Hispanics were not having any of this kind of ruckus. Even Hispanic Democrats, of all groups, largely supported strong military action during the riots.

In reality, Hispanic support for Trump is largely based on his bluster and political bluntness, which many minority groups find comfort in. 

However, Republicans like Salazar gets it all wrong by thinking that expanding immigration both legal and illegal is a key to the Republican Party success. The Republican Party will have to concede that they can make gains with Hispanics at the margins but they cannot expect to win the majority of the Hispanic vote due to Hispanics’ propensity to support many causes ranging from gun control to more government involvement in healthcare. Data from the Pew Research Center demonstrates these beliefs among Hispanics. Nevertheless, there are some avenues for outreach with this demographic  but they must be done right. 

The key for Republican success is the white working class voters, which played a crucial role in putting Trump over the top in the Midwest back in 2016. These voters are not the most reliable in terms of turnout, but they comprise a vast segment of the American electorate. Any candidate who can activate them could potentially build a hegemonic electoral coalition for years to come. The goal for a sane Republican campaign is to maximize turnout and support among the WWC. 

Such inroads with WWC voters are more important than meeting a diversity quota the likes of Salazar and naive Republican strategists would like the party to pursue. Any nationalist campaign worth its salt would be promoting the following: Infrastructure projects targeting the Midwest, the restriction of both illegal and legal immigration, and re-shoring programs to bring jobs back. 

On the other hand, following Salazar’s program is the way that the GOP will become irrelevant and alienate many WWC voters who are already on the fence with regards to the Republican Party. These voters are not going to gravitate towards Republicans just because of the “R” next to their name. They still must be catered to and pushing for amnesty is one way to turn working class voters off.

Under Salazar’s watch, the GOP will simply be going back to the politically correct ways of the Bush administration. To tap into the sleeping giants that is the WWC, Republican leaders should ignore everything Salazar has to say and get fully behind nationalist policies such as immigration restriction, infrastructure development, and re-shoring. 

 

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