Should Environment Protection Agency Officials be able to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies, as the Romans crucified random subjects to force submission?
In a 2010 video, Obama-appointed EPA official, Al Armendariz, bragged that the EPA's “general philosophy” is to “crucify” and “make examples” of oil and gas companies.
In the video, Administrator Armendariz says:
“I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement, and I think it was probably a little crude and maybe not appropriate for the meeting, but I’ll go ahead and tell you what I said:
“It was kind of like how the Romans used to, you know, conquer villages in the Mediterranean. They’d go in to a little Turkish town somewhere, they’d find the first five guys they saw and they’d crucify them."
“Then, you know, that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.”
Armendariz said that approach creates an effective "deterrent factor," and the EPA is following the Roman model.
But Senator James Inhofe is expressing concern about the EPA modus operandi:
“Not long after Administrator Armendariz made these comments in 2010, EPA targeted US natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, Texas and Wyoming.
“In all three of these cases, EPA initially made headline-grabbing statements either insinuating or proclaiming outright that the use of hydraulic fracturing by American energy producers was the cause of water contamination, but in each case their comments were premature at best – and despite their most valiant efforts, they have been unable to find any sound scientific evidence to make this link.”
Senator Inhofe believes the video gives Americans a "glimpse of the Obama administration's true agenda," to "incite fear" and "intimidate" with threats and exorbitant penalties and fees.
If they say this on camera, imagine what they say in private.
Arrogant EPA officials are enjoying their unfettered and unconstitutional power to oppress citizens.
Each business that is "crucified" impacts men, women, and children who need the income to live.
Some have lost their lifelong savings trying to pay excessive fees and fines.
Those without sufficient savings have been burdened with massive debt because of arbitrary and unreasonable policies.
And others have even been sent to prison for unknowingly violating obscure regulations.
For Patriotic Moms:
I see articles like this with some frequency, but choose not to pass them on. However, examples like this can be opportunities for us to teach our children the rights and protections guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. The Constitution is the foundation of our liberty, peace, and prosperity.
As Patriotic Moms, we should teach our children.
- Explain that our Founding Fathers' painful experiences with government oppression caused them to set up a system to protect citizens from tyranny.
- Show our kids specific provisions in the Constitution which, if followed, protect citizens from this abuse.
- Explain why it's essential for us to seek elected leaders who will implement policies that are in harmony with the Constitution. And after leaders are elected, we must continue to be vigilant and hold them accountable.
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force.
And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
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