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Guest Op’ed: Trump Begins Re-Privatizing the Internet

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Trump Begins Re-Privatizing the Internet

By: Edward Woodson

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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.

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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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Rand Paul Warns Third Party Will Rise if Republican Senators Vote with Democrats to Convict President Trump

The GOP is crumbling.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is warning that at least one-third of GOP senators will revolt and leave the party if Republicans join Democrats to convict the president.

This would potentially create the most viable third party in recent political history if Republican leadership is foolish enough to go down this path. Even though he refused to oppose the vote steal last week, Paul claims he and many of his colleagues intend to leave the party forever if the Senate goes through with impeachment.

“I didn’t agree with the fight that happened last week. I voted against over-turning the election,” Paul said while appearing on FOX News on Friday night. “But at the same time, the impeachment is a wrongheaded, partisan notion. If Republicans go along with it, it will destroy the party. A third of the Republicans will leave the party.”

“A third of the Republicans will leave the party,” Paul added. “This isn’t about, anymore, about the Electoral College, it’s about the future of the party, and whether you’re going to ostracize and excommunicate President Trump from the party. Well, guess what? Millions of his fans will leave as well.”

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Paul made these responses after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) publicly flirted with the idea of voting to convict President Trump.

“I have not made a final decision on how I will vote and I intend to listen to the legal arguments when they are presented to the Senate,” McConnell said.

Paul is putting McConnell and the rest of the GOP leadership on notice. This is the line in the sand as far as he is concerned.

“They will destroy the Republican Party. If leadership is complicit with an impeachment or if leadership votes for an impeachment, they will destroy the party,” Paul said. 

“Like I say, I have opposed President Trump when I thought he was wrong, I’ve been for him when he was right. We did a lot of good things throughout the Trump presidency, and impeachment is purely a partisan thing,” he added.

The full segment with Paul and host Laura Ingraham can be seen here:

Big League Politics has reported on the division within the GOP since 10 Republican turncoats in the House join Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time:

Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick, was one of ten GOP House members to vote “yes” on President Donald Trump’s unprecedented second impeachment. Then when some were calling on Cheney to resign over her disgraceful vote, Dan Crenshaw, who voted against impeachment, quickly came to her defense and announced his “full support” for her.

“Let’s get some truth on the record: @Liz_Cheney has a hell of a lot more backbone than most, & is a principled leader with a fierce intellect,” Crenshaw tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “She will continue to be a much needed leader in the conference, with my full support.”

“We can disagree without tearing each other apart,” he added…

Cheney’s vote comes as no surprise. Big League Politics reported on her recent statement in support of Trump’s second impeachment, part of which read: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution. I will vote to impeach the President.” For this CNN laughably called her the “conscience of Republicans.”

The realignment that is happening within the conservative movement might result in the destruction of the Republican Party. President Trump may ultimately destroy the GOP swamp.

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