Yesterday, a YouTube video featuring a prominent EPA official named Al Armendariz spread across the Internet like wildfire and made its way to mainstream television. What did Mr. Armendariz say that was so concerning?
In the 2010 video, Mr. Armendariz seems to be talking to a group of interested folks and possibly journalists about the “philosophy” of the EPA. He compares what he would like to see the EPA do in its enforcement policies to what the Romans did to intimidate people as they ravished cities to build their empire. Check out the clip, brought to light by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK):
He also says in this clip:
And so you make examples out of people who are in this case not compliant with the law. Find people who are not compliant with the law, and you hit them as hard as you can and you make examples out of them, and there is a deterrent effect there.
And, companies that are smart see that, they don’t want to play that game, and they decide at that point that it’s time to clean up.
In no way am I (or most people in the liberty movement, for that matter) shocked about this. The outrage is not that he chose to use the term “crucify”–although he has since apologized for it–but rather that this confirms everything we have ever thought about the EPA.
For those who are in the loop, this admission should ring some bells. The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Mike and Chantell Sackett in a case where the EPA was blocking them from appealing an order that prevented construction of their home on their property and threatened hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Or how about Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said in 2008 that “Somehow, we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe.” And everyone know’s President Obama’s now-famous line: “Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.”
And now rock-god and conservationist-extraordinaire Uncle Ted Nugent is feeling power of the United States federal government. As The Blaze reports, he’s been a very busy boy this month. The headlines began to pop up when he said that conservatives “need to chop their heads off in November,” referring to the left-wing radicals who have had their fists clenched around the neck of the federal government for years. That gave the Secret Service cause for concern, believe it or not, and they demanded a meeting with the Nuge.
Since that meeting (that Ted says went without issue), the US Forest Service has been on his back, threatening fines and felony charges. He pleaded guilty this week to illegally killing a black bear in Alaska in 2009, but only because he was not aware of an obscure federal law for a particular acreage of land that prevented hunting, even if you have all the proper state licenses and tags. The state of Alaska had no interest in bringing charges against him, but the feds had ulterior motives. The judge–who admitted that he didn’t even know about the law–was essentially forced to convict Ted of a violation of federal law, with a punishment of…
- A $10,000 fine,
- A ban on hunting or fishing in Alaska or any other US Forest Service land for one year,
- A requirement to record a Public Service Announcement for Alaska “to discuss the importance of a hunter’s responsibility in knowing the rules and regulations of the hunting activities that they engage in, which is subject to the review and final approval, prior to any broadcast, by a representative of the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Alaska,” according to the agreement, and
- Two years of probation.
It’s safe to say that anyone who doesn’t step in line with the demands of this Obama police state is subject to punishment. Whether it is businesses, celebrities, Tea Party groups, or just little-old you and me, they will stop at nothing to make it known that it’s their way or the highway.
Now, move along, nothing to see here…