EPA Honors Noted Environmentalist Che Guevara
Posted 07:06 PM ET
The internal email sent by EPA management analyst Susie Goldring was said to have been issued without clearance from higher-ups. EPA said it was "drafted and sent by an individual employee, and without official clearance."
But sent it was, a document with a photo of a mural with a visage of the murderous revolutionary that was lifted without attribution from the website, www.buzzle.com. Guevara, of course, was an enemy of the very freedom that Hispanics, particularly from Cuba, came here seeking.
Was honoring Guevara an accident in an administration led by a disciple of Saul Alinsky, where self-avowed Marxist Van Jones gets the prime post of President Obama's "green jobs" czar?
Wasn't Obama friend and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers also an admirer of Guevara? Did Goldring ever work at Obama's Houston office in 2008, where posters of the Marxist killer adorned the walls?
Guevara was Fidel Castro's right-hand-man, thought to be personally responsible for scores of murders carried out in the name of Castro and the revolution. Maybe the EPA staffer couldn't find any murals of freedom fighters such as Jose Marti and Simon Bolivar.
Actually, Guevara may have found himself in tune with the EPA culture and policies that also claim to be based in creativity but are bringing nothing but a loss of freedom for people and entrepreneurs and the destruction the American economy.
We are reminded of what EPA regional administrator Al Armendariz once said about his "philosophy" of enforcement. It was, he said, to single out an oil company, punish it "as hard as you can" and make an example of it to scare others into submission. Armendariz described how Romans would conquer villages. They'd go into a town, he said, and "find the first five guys they saw, and they would crucify them" to make an example of them.
We don't know if Armendariz had a picture of Che Guevara on the wall of his college dorm, but we wouldn't have been surprised if he did. The thread of totalitarian arrogance runs both through the current EPA and the Marxist Cuban revolution.