tr.v. cru·ci·fied, cru·ci·fy·ing, cru·ci·fies
- 1. To mortify or subdue (the flesh). 2. To treat cruelly; torment: 3. To criticize harshly; pillory
Crucifixion was a terrifying, barbaric punishment for going against the will of the state. The use of this archaic, cruel format of punishment was to subjugate those witnessing the horror as much as it was to punish the victim. The product of the punishment wasn’t even the castigation of the accused. It warned the populace: “yield to MY will or you’re next.”
Benjamin Franklin wrote to M. Benjamin Vaughn Esq. to explain a point of law. Franklin quoted Judge Bernet, who adjudicated a capital punishment case for Horse Theft. The problem was whether it was right to hang a horse thief for the crime committed. Bernet said: … “man, thou art not being hanged only for stealing a horse; but that horses may not be stolen.”
The usurped might of a governmental entity was leveled against an industry necessary to the survival of this nation. The EPA’s Region 6 Administrator, Al Armendariz 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…it’s a deterrent factor,” Armendariz said. (edited)
From this point, Armendariz started scourging; driving the crown of thorns into place and slamming nails into the body of the petroleum industry with false claims of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) causing well- water pollution in Texas. These claims were made without benefit of non-partisan research or data developed. It was the modern equivalent of “scorched earth” designed to leave nothing available to the enemy as the conquest is completed. The EPA and Armendariz’s enemy is the Energy Industry as we know it.
Armendariz’s victims are meant to be displayed. They’re meant as warnings to those attempting dissent. Armendariz’s allusion to crucifixion was intended to intimidate those opposing his control. It highlights his drive to publicly humiliate the people he sees already convicted of crimes before trial. The political/legal crucifixion of the industry works by nailing it to a cross and bleeding it without mercy. The industry dies of over-regulation and overly aggressive, spurious claims of culpability for pollution not proven as their fault. But the accused must expend extreme amounts of money to defend against these spurious, false indictments. Hindering regulations and refusals to issue new permits for exploration prevent recouping the funds spent in defense against lies.
It’s the government’s history to create trial by indictment in the press. The charges and accusations are leveled. A malleable and biased press prints the press releases of the accuser and the same media pillory the industry for being bad citizens. The Federal government continues the harangue. They whip the people into frenzied indignation, targeting selected groups prejudiced in favor of the government’s stance. They create a public relations nightmare needing more and more money to combat the lies.
It’s noted Armendariz apologized for his choice of words. As is the way with guy’s like him, and the administration hatched this half-witted spawn of Satan (Obama); he didn’t apologize for the act, the wrongness of the act or the prejudicial and biased manner he directs his administration at Region 6 EPA headquarters. It’s quite similar to the killer saying he regrets the death but not the act of murdering the victim. Armendariz is saying the industry (the victim in this case) deserves to be killed off slowly, painfully and without remorse because his way is politically acceptable to the drone inhabiting the Oval Office.
The political expedience of this crucifixion must be understood for what it is: a living, breathing and virulent spreading of a hateful agenda meant to destroy the economic base of this nation as it seeks equality with the other major players in the world.
The Romans used crucifixion effectively. But they didn’t understand the cost they paid for their acts. They collapsed from the weight of their own decadence.
Thanks for listening.