Gary Bauer / Apr. 23, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

Today is Earth Day, and 170 countries are expected to sign the so-called "Paris Agreement" on climate change. The impact of this radical agenda is already being felt. Remember Barack Obama's promise to "bankrupt coal companies"? Last week, America's largest coal company declared bankruptcy. America's second-largest coal company declared bankruptcy in January.

Editor’s Note: This column was originally written Friday, April 22.

Today is Earth Day, and 170 countries are expected to sign the so-called “Paris Agreement” on climate change. The impact of this radical agenda is already being felt.

Remember Barack Obama’s promise to “bankrupt coal companies”? Last week, America’s largest coal company declared bankruptcy. America’s second-largest coal company declared bankruptcy in January.

As economist Stephen Moore wrote, the left’s green energy agenda is declaring war on the working class.

Now, wherever you stand on climate change, the bigger concern should be the continued erosion of the rule of law. Once again, Barack Obama is taking it upon himself to do what he does not have the authority to do.

The Paris Agreement, the president claims, will “hold every country accountable” with “legally binding” provisions. That sounds like a treaty to me.

But, just like his despised Iran deal, Obama is refusing to submit his job-killing agreement to the Senate for ratification.

Our children, exposed to the left’s hysteria in the public schools, are increasingly worried about the weather. But if our educational establishment were working properly, students would be more worried about the separation of powers. Sadly, I’m not convinced the average Ivy League graduate could explain that concept today.

Fool Of The Week

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), chairman of the House Administration Committee, wins this dubious honor hands down. Here’s why.

A tunnel system under Capitol Hill connects the House and Senate to various congressional office buildings. State flags had been displayed on the tunnel walls, but they came down during recent renovations. Now that the renovations are complete, the flags are back up, right?

Nope. That’s where Rep. Miller comes in.

She was concerned that someone might actually notice the state flag of Mississippi, which includes the Confederate battle flag in the top left corner.

“I am well aware of how many Americans negatively view the Confederate flag, and, personally, I am very sympathetic to these views,” Rep. Miller said. “However, I also believe that it is not the business of the federal government to dictate what flag each state flies.”

Evidently she does believe it is the federal government’s business — and hers — to ban visitors from seeing the Mississippi flag. In her capacity as chairman of the House Administration Committee, Miller decided that none of the state flags would go back up on the tunnel walls.

Some people might laugh at a story like this. But it is all part of the left’s intolerant agenda to determine what you can talk about and what you can believe.

If someone walks past 50 state flags and is offended by one, all 50 must come down. But if your wife goes into the ladies’ room and is offended by seeing a man there, her offense is bigotry and cannot be tolerated.

A statue of Robert E. Lee is an offense and must be taken down. Bathing the White House in the colors of the homosexual rights movement is progress, and anyone who objects is a Neanderthal.

You can go on ESPN and compare the Tea Party to ISIS, and ESPN will defend free speech. But if you suggest that men should use the men’s room, that is grounds for termination.

If you write an essay in your student newspaper defending Israel, your professor can send you a letter expressing his desire that you fail in every endeavor of life. Yes, this really happened — and nothing was done to the professor.

The culture war is real, my friends. The intolerant left must be stopped. It can be, but the hour is late.

Chag Sameach

Jews all over the world will gather tonight to celebrate the miracle of Passover, which commemorates the liberation of their people from ancient Egypt.

The Book of Exodus tells us that Moses was sent by God to tell Pharaoh to “Let my people go.” When Pharaoh refused a series of plagues were inflicted on the Egyptian people, including the water turning into blood, swarms of frogs, lice, wild animals, pestilence, boils, hail, locusts and darkness for three days.

Through it all, Pharaoh’s heart hardened and he still refused to end the bondage of the Jews.

The final plague that God used to free the Jews from Pharaoh and Egyptian captivity was to kill all the firstborn males.

Forewarned by God, Jews marked their doors with the blood of a lamb, and, as a result, He passed over their homes. Pharaoh finally relented and released the Hebrew people. (Exodus, Chapter 12.) God told the Jewish people to mark the day as a memorial day and to observe it as a feast to the Lord forever.

We join our Jewish brothers and sisters in praise and thanks to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for His mercies and love. To all of you, Chag Sameach, a joyous festival!

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