A former evangelical member of Trump’s cabinet has launched a new think tank designed to promote the “America First” principles popularized in the previous administration and seeks to “restore an American consensus of one nation under God.”
Russell Vought, former director of the White House Office of Management and Budget under former President Donald Trump, announced the creation of the Center for American Restoration late last month.
In an interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, Vought explained the goals of the new think tank. He gave details on how the organization will work.
While Vought acknowledged that there are many things he would have liked to accomplish in a second Trump term, he takes the opportunity to start a new company, calling it “the silver lining in some ways of … not being in office.”
“A lot of the things that have been going around in my mind for several years are the things that the Center for American Restoration is going to work on,” he said. “I think this gives us the opportunity to articulate and work on issues and proposals and ideas where it takes a little time outside of government to be able to work and to establish future policy makers to work on these issues.”
He explained the goals of the new organization in an opinion piece for The Federalist published on January 26.
According to Vought, the Center for American Restoration “will help restore an old consensus in America that has been forgotten, that we are a people for God, for the country and for the community.”
Vought noted that “despite political victories over taxes, welfare and the right to life in recent decades, the tide of progressive liberalism has not turned.”
He argues that “few are equipped to stand up to age and make a full-throated defense of anything other than ‘progress’ or moving on.” He believes that “most will not fight because they no longer believe, and repeatedly lose political fight after political fight because they do not have a firm foundation.”
“The Center for the American Restoration exists to provide that foundation,” he wrote. “His mission statement is to restore an American consensus of a nation under God with unique interests worth defending that flow from its people, institutions and history, where the enjoyment of freedom of individuals is based on just laws and healthy communities.”
Vought, who was questioned about his evangelical beliefs by Senator Bernie Sanders during a confirmation hearing in 2017, denounced the liberals’ control of “the dominant peaks of culture.”
He said those heights include “the academy, the media [y] the entertainment industry. “He described the Trump presidency as” the first real counterattack on the left in decades. “
The main theme of the Center for American Restoration is that “the counterattack” against the political left that began with the Trump presidency must not come to an end despite his leaving office.
“We hope to give a voice to the common and forgotten men and women of this great country, possessed of extraordinary intuition, who work hard, pay their taxes and try to raise their families in healthy communities,” he said.
According to Vought, it is important to remember that “we are a country under God.”
“We were created to honor God, to be for God,” he told CP. “And to the extent that we are, that impacts our happiness [y] our satisfaction in life. That should be part of what we align the political public with. “
In his opinion piece, the former director of the Office of Management and Budget criticized American foreign policy that led to “an endless war, the United States as a world policeman, sclerotic multilateralism and billions spent on foreign aid and a sprawling complex. defense industry “. “
He also disagreed with “the looting of the American economy by multinational corporations eager to claim the benefits of American law while relinquishing all responsibility to provide gainful employment to American workers.”
He also criticized immigration policies that led to “borders being invaded for generations, creating unfair labor competition for the underprivileged in the United States without any debate from citizens and placing great burdens on local communities.”
Vought told CP that “there will be two organizations,” the Center for American Restoration and the American Restoration Action.
The first organization, a group of experts, “will develop these ideas, translate them into concrete proposals and think about their implementation.” American Restoration Action, an activist organization, will work to establish “political struggles that are informed about where we want to take politics over time.”
“My view is that political struggles are a good thing, that they provide an opportunity to educate and allow people to see both sides of a conversation,” he said. “We will be involved on the side of think tanks and we will be trying to get activists to participate in the fight and providing the necessary support to members of Congress and those who defend our ideas in the media.”
As a non-profit organization, the Center for American Restoration will not actively recruit candidates who share its values to run for public office. However, Vought expressed hope that “people who are running for public office … are running … on public policies that we have been advocating, that put America first, that emphasize for God, for the country. and by the community. “
“That is our hope for the next seven
years, and we hope that as people talk about us, they talk about those ideas, “he continued.
Other efforts the Center for American Restoration plans to undertake include “extending the principle of being pro-life to a national enthusiasm for promoting life and increasing the birth rate” by encouraging people to have more children and larger families.
The think tank will also reject “the militant ‘successor ideology’ that has taken root in elite institutions” and seeks to cushion the power to “cancel culture.”
Vought, who attended Wheaton College in Illinois and George Washington University School of Law in Washington, DC, previously worked for the conservative lobby group Heritage Action.
He also previously served as executive director of the Republican Study Committee and director of policy for the Republican Conference of the United States House of Representatives. Vought began his career in Washington, DC as a legislative aide to Senator Phil Gramm, R-Texas.