Trump Begins Re-Privatizing the Internet
By: Edward Woodson
One of the most frustrating responses to the Trump presidency has been the willingness of commentators who call themselves conservatives to bash the president on a host of issues while conservatives are racking up more victories than were achieved during the whole eight years of the Bush White House.
From RedState.com founder Erick Erickson to the trained establishmentarians of the New York Times and Washington Post, the media is more than willing to highlight any critic of the president on the right, including those who are advocating for the insane proposition that the president should be removed from office on the basis of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.
Yet, while these Republicans-in-name-only are bashing him, the president has been busy rolling back dozens of Obama-era policies, putting a conservative on the Supreme Court, and pushing the most conservative budget plan that’s ever come out of Washington. But perhaps the most important, yet underappreciated, aspect of the Trump presidency is his desire to unshackle the Internet from the hands of the state.
Since the days of the dial-up modem, the Internet has been a classic example of the benefits of market economics. Thousands of companies have been transformed from start-ups to billion dollar corporations as entrepreneurs discovered niches in the new sector. From AOL to Google and every company in between, the growth of the Internet has fueled a generation of economic opportunity and advancement. Market competition has wired close to all Americans together, with nearly 90% using the Internet today.
The Obama White House charted a course to reverse those gains by enacting policies late in the administration to essentially nationalize the Internet. With barely a protest on the right, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enacted on a strict party line vote on the policy of “Net Neutrality,” a concerted effort to turn the web into a government-run monopoly. The arguments adopted by the FCC were laid out by Marxist professor Robert McCheney, who openly and brazenly declared his desire destroy private telephone and cable companies. “[T]he ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
Ultimately by placing the control of the web in the hands of the state, the government would be able to control data and content and then subsidize it. Obama officials openly flirted with the notion that the government should force websites to register with the state, so it should not surprise anyone that the FCC — which has a long history of censorship and punishment for content-related matters of television and radio stations — was driving the bus on this issue.
But then Mr. Trump came to town. Congress, emboldened by his victory, took a critical step in rolling back the Obama-era FCC regulation. Using the critical Congressional Review Act (CRA), the House, Senate, and president rejected the FCC scheme to impose strict regulations on Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
Now Ajit Pai, new Chairman of the FCC, has set out a laudable goal to reprivatize the internet by eliminating the Net Neutrality provisions adopted by the previous administration. Pai has been harassed by liberal activists and has even been the target of racists attacks just for being intent on restoring Internet freedom. None of this would have happened under a Clinton presidency, but the Trump White House has slowly begun a roll back of an ever-encroaching government and that, more than anything else, is why the left — and some on the right — hate him.
Mr. President, keep up the good work.
Edward Woodson is a lawyer and now host of the nationally syndicated Edward Woodson Show, which airs daily from 3 to 6 pm EST on gcnlive.com.
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Pelosi is Emboldened by Coronavirus Bailout, Vows to Dupe Republicans Harder Next Time
The Democrats’ socialist agenda is winning big during the coronavirus panic.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pulled the wool over the eyes of President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans with last week’s $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. The disaster relief money was earmarked for many liberal pet projects, and Pelosi aims to do the same thing for the next round of bailouts.
She said on Monday that House Democrats are already preparing another massive stimulus bill, using the coronavirus pandemic to enact more socialism. She is likely to include massive infrastructure spending and serious government intervention into the health care markets in the upcoming legislation.
“Our first bills were about addressing the emergency. The third bill was about mitigation. The fourth bill would be about recovery. Emergency, mitigation, recovery,” Pelosi said during a conference call.
“I think our country is united in not only wanting to address our immediate needs — emergency, mitigation, and the assault on our lives and livelihoods — but also, how we recover in a very positive way,” she added.
Republican leaders are up in arms about how Pelosi is exploiting a crisis to get her partisan agenda muscled through Congress, but it is unclear if they have the courage to actually stop her.
“They’re approaching it — it seems like — as an opportunity to pass their political and ideological agenda. We’re approaching it as, ‘How do we protect the public health and our economy?’ And those are pretty divergent goals,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) said.
Pelosi is eager to exploit the coronavirus crisis quickly and use the panic and fear in the public as an excuse to massively increase government spending and control.
“I do think that it is really important that as soon as we are here, we are ready to pass legislation,” she said.
President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans did Pelosi’s bidding when they moved forward a $2 trillion bailout bill that included funding for liberal policy goals that had nothing to do with the coronavirus.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) sounded the alarm over the sham and attempted to get Congress to actually deliberate and vote on the bill. It instead passed on a voice vote with most legislators sequestered away from Washington D.C.
"This was a wealth transfer… do the math. The $1,200 check is just the cheese in the trap" @RepThomasMassie stood alone in Congress against last week's 2 trillion-dollar stimulus package. He explains why it SHOULDN'T have been a controversy. #istandwithmassie pic.twitter.com/nPPNYh5vkS
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) March 30, 2020
Massie’s principled stand against Pelosi’s profligate spending bill earned him a tongue lashing from President Trump, who now wants Massie replaced in Congress because he’s too conservative.
…& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
With no Republicans seemingly willing to stand up against Pelosi, there will likely be more bailout socialism on the way as the Democrats use coronavirus for their far-left power grabs.
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