Greenland and the Second Amendment

Grind for August 20th
“Politics is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen.”
– Winston Churchill

Say What?

The Headline

Democrats threaten Supreme Court over Second Amendment

The Grind

In a shocking move against judicial independence, Democratic leaders are threatening to restructure the Supreme Court if the justices fail to issue liberal rulings on Second Amendment cases.

We haven’t seen anything like this since the 1930’s, when President Roosevelt threatened to add six seats to the Supreme Court so that he could get the rulings he wanted related to his New Deal.

The Details

In a letter to the Supreme Court last week, Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) warned the High Court that pro-Second Amendment rulings would result in a complete restructuring of the Supreme Court (if the Dems come out on top in 2020).

“A growing majority of Americans believes this Court is motivated mainly by politics,” reads the letter.

The primary case Democrats are worried about questions a New York gun license that requires owners to keep firearms in their primary residence unless they are traveling to a shooting range. Gun owners are not allowed to take firearms to any other location for any reason.

Thus, the Court must decide whether a person’s Second Amendment rights extend beyond their house (as do all other constitutional rights).

The challenge is being led by former US Solicitor General Paul Clement with support from the NRA.

Access Denied

The Headline

Sorry Mr. Trump, Greenland is not for sale

The Grind

Danish officials confirmed that the island of Greenland is ‘not for sale’ after President Trump expressed interest in purchasing it.

“Greenland is not for sale, but Greenland is open for trade and cooperation with other countries, including the USA,” said Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen.

In the past, interest in controlling Greenland has been related to its strategic location and to its natural resources. The United States has sought to access these resources in the past (so has Canada, Russia, Norway, and China).

Some of those resources are easier to access now that global warming has caused its glaciers to start melting.

The Details

Greenland is an autonomous Danish territory located between the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The territory has a population of 56,000 and is about one-fourth the size of the United States.

Nearly 80% of the island is covered with ice.

While it is possible for a government to purchase a territory, such a deal would require consent from the US, Denmark, and Greenland’s citizens.

“If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof, that he has gone mad,” said Danish politician Soren Espersen. “The thought of Denmark selling 50,000 citizens to the United States is completely ridiculous.”

The US offered to buy Greenland for $100 million after WWII, but Denmark refused. By CIA estimates, Greenland is now worth about $2.4 billion.

President Trump plans to meet with Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen during his first formal visit to Denmark next month, but the visit is unrelated to his interest in Greenland.

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