You cannot make this stuff up. On February 23rd, 2018, the National Rifle Association (NRA) stood on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland to deliver an award to the head of the FCC, Ajit Pai. The NRA awarded Pai the “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award,” because of course they did.
In the video below, you’ll see the NRA deliver their award to Pai at CPAC 2018. “Ajit Pai, as you probably already know, saved the Internet,” said American Conservative Union (ACU) Executive Director Dan Schneider. “And he spent a lot of hours presenting a wonderful speech, that he’s not gonna deliver now.”
“The federal communications commission is a bipartisan board,” said Schneider. “Ajit Pai got appointed to it by none other than President Barack Obama, because the senate Republicans insisted Ajit Pai be put on there. Chairman Pai, then a commissioner, then fought to preserve your freedom of speech rights. The whole time, during that Obama administration, he fought, and won. Against all odds.
But the Obama administration had some curve balls,” said Schneider. “And they implemented what is… is regulations to take over the internet.”*
*In reality, by defining the internet as a utility, the FCC forced internet companies to report what speeds their services offered and illegal for those companies to block or throttle any website. Ajit Pai is about to destroy all this, effectively destroying Net Neutrality, removing all responsibility for consumer protection from the FCC completely. See how this all went down.
Schneider continued, “As soon as President Trump came into office, President Trump asked Ajit Pai to liberate the Internet and give it back to you. Ajit Pai is the most courageous, heroic person that I know.”
For running away from the problem by removing regulatory responsibility from the FCC entirely, Pai was given a courage award. NRA board member Carolyn Meadows suggested that he was given the award because of the blowback from the public after Pai decided to get rid of Net Neutrality.
“The Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire award is sponsored by the National Rifle Association,” said Meadows. The award is given “when someone has stood up under pressure with grace and dignity and principled discipline.”
ABOVE: Ajit Pai standing up under pressure with grace and dignity and principled discipline. “We are honored to have you as part of this distinguished pantheon,” said Meadows, noting previous recipients: Rush Limbaugh, Phyllis Schlafly, Mike Pence, Roy Innis, and “Sheriff” David Clarke.
The award was a “Kentucky handmade long gun” which was not allowed in the venue. Because at CPAC, they understand and enforce rules about dangerous weapons. That’s the Conservative Political Action Conference, a conference which does not allow guns inside.