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GOP Senate Must Confirm Trump’s Conservative Nominees

While some White House insiders boast about thwarting President Trump’s conservative – populist agenda many important nominees who require Senate confirmation and have solid records of standing for and implementing conservative policy remain in limbo.

Among the nominees who have not been confirmed and we know to be solid conservatives are Russell Vought (nominated to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget) and Ajit Pai (nominated to Ajit Paiserve another five-year term as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission).

Pai and Vought are not only solid conservatives, they are outstanding intellects who would provide the intellectual horsepower necessary to translate President Trump’s populist conservative agenda into government policy.

The Left’s most feared enemy in Washington (next to President Trump) is Ajit Pai, the head of an obscure federal agency – the Federal Communications Commission – that many conservatives find to be a quaint anachronism, but that the Obama Left weaponized to regulate speech on the internet and other means of communication.

As our friend Ginni Thomas of The Daily Caller News Foundation put it, Pai’s position makes him one of the most despised Trump appointees and is facing “ritual defamation” by activists tied to Occupy Wall Street, the “resistance” to Trump’s governance, the Ford Foundation and George Soros’s funded groups.

Pai has been under incendiary attacks and even physical threat by the left and its mob followers says Thomas. He has been threatened, his home surrounded by militant protesters, leaving his family and neighbors shaken.


Because had Trump not won last November, Pai told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an exclusive interview, “there was a lot coming” for heavy-handed regulation through the FCC.

“They were using the FCC for implementing policies that couldn’t get through Congress,” including possible content regulation Pai told Thomas.

At the end of the day, says Pai, the FCC was really “the leading spear of over-regulation over the past several years with the federal government extending that into ever more fields.”

The popularized and deceptive term “net neutrality” “is really the question of regulating the internet,” Pai explains. He prefers the bipartisan light touch to government intervention that ruled until the Obama regulatory changes of 2015.

Pai explained the policy disagreements and the stakes in a speech, at the Newseum, noting one of the Left’s leaders praised Venezuela for their government’s approach to dissent toward the state.

One comprehensive report cited by Thomas explains why the left assaults the integrity on the private sector with anti-capitalist rhetoric in order to grow the government’s hand.

In a prescient comment foretelling the corporate Left’s post-Charlottesville conduct, Pai said it is “disturbing that there is pressure growing from the outside of those [outside of government] who want government to start choosing who gets to speak and who doesn’t get to speak on this platform.” Pai believes “the internet has been one of the greatest platforms for free speech and free expression that has ever existed.”

In Europe, pressures are mounting to use the government to challenge “extremist” speech in novel manners. Governments are increasingly looking towards pressuring private companies to censor by proxy, and post-Charlottesville internet companies are doing it themselves in clear violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

This has resulted, for example, in social media platforms allowing ISIS beheading videos and calls for jihad against the West, but the censorship of Christians who cite the Bible to question the propriety of same-sex marriage or question the compatibility of Islam and constitutional liberty.

However, the Left’s attacks on Ajit Pai are just the tip of the iceberg of the Left’s attempts to exclude conservatives from the Trump administration.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders has attacked Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee to be Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, for his profession of Christian faith.

Russell Vought is a graduate of Wheaton College, a highly regarded evangelical Christian college in Illinois, that has a statement of faith, reaffirmed annually by its Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff, that provides a summary of biblical doctrine that defines the biblical perspective which informs a Wheaton education.

Vought once wrote an article for the online publication The Resurgent supporting that statement of faith and defending Wheaton College’s decision to terminate a professor who declared that Muslims and Christians “worship the same God.”

In defending his alma mater’s decision Vought wrote, "Muslims do not simply have a deficient theology. They do not know God because they have rejected Jesus Christ his Son, and they stand condemned…".

Senator Sanders, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Budget Committee, asked Vought whether he thought the post was Islamophobic. Vought said no and attempted to defend his writing against Sanders' repeated questions, stating, "I believe in a Christian set of principles based on my faith."

After being badgered by Sanders, Vought reiterated his faith saying, "Senator, I wrote a post based on being a Christian and attending a Christian school that has a statement of faith that speaks clearly with regard to the centrality of Jesus Christ in salvation.”

Editor’s Note: See John 3:18 - Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

And more generally: John 3:16-19, John 14:6, 2 John 1:9-11, Luke 12:8-9, Matthew 10:32-33, 1 John 4:2-3, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21:8.

Sanders said he planned to vote against Vought, calling his views "indefensible" and "hateful.

This attack on Vought’s Bible-based faith was supported by Michael Stone, writing at Progressive Secular Humanist, said that Sanders is "a hero for openly challenging the bigotry and prejudice of Christian extremists being nominated to serve in key government positions."

That Far-Left extremists like Bernie Sanders would oppose a Bible-believing Christian and that those who wish to exclude conservatives and their ideas from the public square would oppose Pai and Vought is not surprising. What is not just surprising, but unconscionable, is that a Republican Senate majority would facilitate the Left’s efforts by not confirming them immediately.

We urge CHQ readers to join the fight to confirm Russell Vought, nominated to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Ajit Pai, nominated to serve another five-year term as a Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, by calling your Senators (the Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) to urge them to support the immediate confirmation of Pai and Vought.

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