Friday, April 27, 2012

Even the Romans Didn't Crucify Their Own Citizens

As I'm sure you know by now, a videotape recently caught an Obama EPA Administrator boasting that he modeled his enforcement philosophy on ancient Roman practice:
The Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean. They'd go into a little Turkish town somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they saw and they would crucify them. And then you know that town was really easy to manage for the next few years.
Putting aside the anachronistic reference to "Turkish" towns, there is a far more significant irony embedded in the comment: the Romans didn't crucify their own citizens.

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