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Trouble in Texas? Lone Star State Continues to Fall Down the Pro-Life Ranks

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Texas Right to Life reported on Texas’s mediocre performance on Right to Life issues in an article it posted on February 3, 2020.

In fact, it fell in pro-life rankings after the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature in 2019.

According to Americans United for Life’s (AUL) annual Life List, Texas is now the 17th most pro-life state in America.

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In Texas Right to Life’s view, “This abysmal ranking is a result of gradual apathy over the past decade as ‘Pro-Life’ politicians have chosen to thwart life-saving bills, settling instead for easy ceremonial victories.”

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Annually, AUL analyzes the pro-life and pro-abortion laws of each state, which includes newly implemented policies from the year before. Based on how well these laws defend the sanctity of life, AUL ranks all states in the country from most to least pro-life.

Texas used to be a pro-life leader. In 2008, AUL ranked Texas as the 4th most pro-life state in the country. However, by 2015, Texas fell to 10th place and continued its descent.

Texas Right to Life believes “This nosedive in the rankings occurred during the Republican House leadership tenures of Joe Straus and Dennis Bonnen.  Under their reigns, the Pro-Life issue was considered of lesser importance or too controversial, leading to willful dismissal of Pro-Life legislation and missed opportunities to save innocent human lives.”

In the past legislative session, the Texas Legislature refused to pass a bill that would have prevented elective abortion or saved the lives of vulnerable patients.

The Preborn Non-Discrimination Act (PreNDA) was the highest-ranked abortion bill in terms of legislative priorities.  PreNDA would have gotten rid of the remaining late-term abortions in Texas. It also would have prevented the selective targeting of preborn children due to their sex, race, or disability; and, promoted a network of pro-life abortion alternatives for preborn children who have severe disabilities.  Sadly, house leadership killed the bill at the last minute.  Similarly, another pro-life legislative priority would have guaranteed that health care practitioners would not have to carry out or aid in services in which they are conscientious objectors to. For example, services such as abortion, sterilization, and euthanasia would have been covered under this bill.  This bill never even received a hearing, let alone a vote. The failure to pass both of these bills have had a negative impact on Texas’s pro-life rankings.

Such disappointment has been on display with gun-related issues as well. For example, the 2019 legislative session was lackluster for Second Amendment proponents after House leadership killed Constitutional Carry legislation without bringing up the bill for a vote.

Texas politicians would be wise to stop ignoring their grassroots constituents. If they continue to do so, this could result in depressed turnout at the polls, and Democrats coming out on top.

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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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