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Two GOP Senators May Destroy The Deep State’s Spy Powers Used Against 2016 Trump Campaign

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Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee have been making efforts to sink a surveillance deal the House passed.

The two GOP senators were victorious in forcing the expiration of three surveillance programs, which includes the controversial Section 215.

Now, the Senators are attempting to get President Trump to nix the recently passed House bill.

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This bill is tied to a reauthorization of the three expiring provisions of the USA Freedom Act, a 2015 law which reformed the country’s intelligence programs. Some changes were made to a surveillance court as well.

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“The House bill, with no amendments, is completely unacceptable, an affront to any of us who were ever concerned about FISA abuse,” Paul commented, making reference to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, or FISA, Court.

In the meantime, Lee delivered a lengthy speech, where he criticized the House measure, citing President Trump’s concerns.

“He still has concerns with FISA and that many senators are pointing out the flaws in the reforms package,” Lee stated. “If the president of the United States himself has reason to be concerned about FISA, what about the rest of Americans?”

The House passed its bill on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in a 278-136 vote.

The bill would extend two USA Freedom Act provisions connected to “roving” wiretaps, allowing law enforcement to track an individual across devices, and lone wolf terrorists inspired by other terrorist organizations that they are not members of.

The bill would scrap a controversial call records program but reforms and reauthorizes other parts of Section 215, which gives the government the power to request “tangible things” that pertain to a national security investigation.

However, opponents like Paul and Lee argue that the bill does not go far enough to reform the FISA Court.

Republicans have had growing skepticism of the surveillance court after Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz discovered 17 significant inaccuracies and omissions in the warrant applications that were used to target Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

The two Senators should continue pushing the envelope on the issue of FISA.

America’s surveillance state is deeply entrenched and any efforts to expose its abuses are welcome.

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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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