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FLASHBACK: US Postal Service Confirmed Photographing Every Piece of Mail in 2013 – Can This Detect Potential Ballot Fraud?

The USPS began photographing mail after the Anthrax scare.

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The United States Postal Service confirmed that it photographs every letter and package it processes in 2013.

Then-Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahue revealed this in an interview with the Associated Press in 2013, describing a program which photographs mail at 200 processing facilities used by the USPS around the country.

What’s called the Mail Isolation and Tracking system was implemented by the USPS after the Anthrax Scare of 2001, in which five Americans were killed by samples of the toxic substance they received in the mail. No convictions were ever made in the terror plot which targeted members of Congress and the media, although one senior biodefense researcher committed suicide when he learned that he was likely to be charged for involvement in the anthrax-mail terror plot.

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The USPS continues to offer an Informed Delivery program in which Americans can sign up to receive regular emails with pictures of their incoming mail. Photography of processed mail is kept for at least some time on machines that take the pictures, and has been provided to law enforcement agencies by the postal service before.

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The Mail Isolation and Tracking system could potentially be used by federal and state investigators who are examining the mass use of mail-in ballots in the 2020 presidential election. If every piece of mail is photographed, it’s entirely possible that pictures of duplicate ballots, late ballots, ballots of deceased individuals and other spoiled election material are being held in USPS photography devices.

The mail photography information can also be used to cross-reference for ballots dropped off at polling places on election day. Casting an election day vote in person in states such as Arizona voids a delivered mail-in ballot, but the same rule does not apply to mail-in ballots dropped off in person.

It’s done by machine, so there’s no central area where any of this information would be,” said Postmaster Donahue of the mail photography in 2013.

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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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