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Right Wing Surge: European Populists Make Gains in Parliament

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The right-wing surge across Europe has made its way to Estonia.

The latest results from the Estonian general election show that the Reform Party came out on top with 28.8 percent of the vote. The Reform Party is known for its platform of lower taxes and limited government and has held control of the Prime Minster position from 2005 to 2016.

The current Prime Minister Juri Ratas’ Center Party came in second place with 23.1 percent of vote.

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There was also good news for supporters of populism. The anti-mass migration Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) attained 17.8 percent of the vote.

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The Reform and Center parties, the two political powerhouses in Estonia since the country gained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, came together to prevent EKRE from gaining electoral traction.

EKRE was able to achieve 8.1 percent of the vote and gained seven Riigikogu (parliament) seats in the 2015 elections. With 18 percent of the vote, the EKRE now has 19 seats in the Estonian parliament.

Martin Helme, the son of EKRE party leader Mart Helme, said that EKRE’s gains are part of a larger trend sweeping across Europe:

“I think Estonia is no different than almost all other countries in Europe, where there’s a serious public demand for political parties who will stand up against the globalist agenda and the ever-increasing movement of power from (EU) member states to Brussels.”

Indeed, Helme is on to something.

The rise of populist parties like Vox in Spain and Interior Minster Matteo Salvini in Italy are responses to the EU’s failed migratory policies.

One needn’t look any further at France, Sweden, and the UK to see what happens when you mix a bloated welfare state with mass migration. It’s a social calamity waiting to happen.

Estonia has been one of the world leaders in economic freedom, currently ranked in 15th place according to the Heritage’s 2019 Index of Economic Freedom, since it separated from the Soviet Union. Under the tutelage of visionary leaders like Mart Laar, Estonia has embraced markets and rejected central planning.

It’s good to see that Estonia is taking a rational approach to immigration as well. Eastern Europe and the Baltic states seem to be the only bastions of reason left in the EU.

 

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Thanks to Spineless, Establishment Republicans, Senate Panel Delays Vote to Subpoena Big Tech CEOs

Republicans Continue to Show Pathetic They are on the Issues that Matter Most

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America First nationalist’s hopes of having Big Tech CEOs testify before Congress about allegations of censorship directed towards the Right were temporarily dashed on October 19, 2020.

Politico reported that the Senate Judiciary Committee delayed plans to vote on subpoenas to force the CEOs of Twitter and Facebook to go before the Senate and be questioned about their anti-Right wing censorship policies.

Some Republicans ended up having cold feet and decided to postpone the vote much to the disappointment of right wing activists who have complained about Big Tech’s anti-free speech policies.

President Donald Trump and a number of nationalist Republicans have sharply criticized Facebook and Twitter over their censorship of a controversial New York Post report that exposed Hunter Biden, Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, and his corrupt behavior.

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Originally, GOP officials in the Judiciary Committee announced plans to hold a markup on October 20 to determine if they would subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to get his perspective on allegations concerning his company’s policies that muzzle conservative viewpoints. Twitter denies claims regarding Twitter’s censorship policies.

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, revealed that the planned vote would also call on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify.

The panel stated on October 19 that it would determine whether they would issue subpoenas during a executive session on October 22 where it will also allegedly approve Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The committee declared in a statement that it will maintain negotiations with the companies “to allow for voluntary testimony” by the CEO. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, the panel will proceed to take a vote on the subpoenas “at a date to be determined.”

The subpoenas would compel the tech big wigs to testify on the reports of “suppression and/or censorship” of New York Post stories and on “any other content moderation policies, practices, or actions that may interfere with or influence elections for federal office,” according to a committee document released on October 19.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the chair of the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution said to reporters that he’s expecting the committee to preside over testimonies from the Twitter and Facebook chiefs “shortly” regardless of whether they come to the decision on their own volition.

“One way or another, either voluntarily or pursuant to subpoena, they will testify and they will testify before the election,” Cruz stated.

In a separate hearing for the Senate Commerce Committee, Zuckerberg and Dorsey will join Google CEO Sundar Pichai on October 28 for a hearing on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which generally shields Big Tech companies from a liability.

Cruz, who is a member of both Judiciary and Commerce committees, wants each panel to carry out their own hearings with the tech chiefs before election day. “I believe we need a separate hearing in Judiciary because the issues being discussed in the two committees are different,” Cruz remarked.

Big Tech has become too powerful, especially during a time when social media has become the de facto public square. Republicans will need to get serious about making online speech receive the same treatment as general political speech.

 

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