Ken Blackwell

Worse, it virtually guarantees a return trip to the Danish capital in December. Left-wing blogs are almost threatening him. If he could spare time for a quick side-trip to

Copenhagen for the Chicago Olympic bid, he’d better darned well find time to attend the UN’s global climate change conference slated for that ancient European city later this year.

What if health care is just then at crisis stage? Current time lines show health care moving to the President’s desk just before Christmas. The UN-sponsored global climate change conference is slated for December 7-18th. The conference is being hyped in the European press. Danish Environment and Energy Minister Connie Hedegaard is putting democracy itself on trial:

“If the whole world comes to Copenhagen and leaves without making the needed political agreement, then I think it’s a failure that is not just about climate. Then it’s the whole global democratic system not being able to deliver results in one of the defining challenges of our century. And that is and should not be a possibility. It’s not an option.”

So, unless Mr. Obama delivers the goods, democracy is finished. Climate change criers want a cap and trade bill. It’s a bill that economists tell us will be a massive job-killer. We could have a U.S. unemployment rate above 10 percent by December. Unless Mr. Obama comes across with the goods, Minister Hedegaard is prepared to throw cold water not only on the UN conclave, but on the very possibility of democratic change itself.

How can President Obama not go to Copenhagen? Even if health care isn’t settled yet. Even if cap & trade (read: cap & tax) isn’t inked yet. It isn’t hard to see what’s ahead for him. It may be a cold first Christmas in the White House for an increasingly embattled young President.

Well, he can take cold comfort from one fact. He won’t get a piece of coal in his stocking. Coal will doubtless be banned in Copenhagen. I think something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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