Escaping to Greenland

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I have to say it’s been a pretty slow news week in America when our national media spends time obsessing over President Trump’s stated interest in the purchase of the island of Greenland. For those of you who don’t know, Greenland is an autonomous island in the Arctic region. It effectively runs itself while Denmark, its sovereign owner, takes care of defense and foreign policy.

While the president understands the strategic importance and rich mineral deposits of the frozen island, it’s hard to get a read on whether the president is being serious or simply having fun with his friends in the media.

As for the people of Greenland, they simply would like to be left alone. As for the government of Denmark, in the words of Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, “Greenland is not for sale.”

OK, I get the message. Greenland is not for sale, but we all know everyone has their price and isn’t it nice to admit you considered the possibility that one day you would be willing to trade your sandy beaches and worldly possessions for the gift of freedom?

While I hope I am wrong about the direction of this great nation, the push to socialism is alive and well in this nation and the movement shows no signs of letting up.

Like it or not, as a nation, we have political leaders and a national media who glorify the actions of sports stars who choose to disrespect the American flag and our national anthem simply because we have a president they do not like. We have political leaders who preach the virtue of government dependency and label those who choose freedom over dependency with a tag of bigotry.

Hey guys, you have a president you don’t like, I get that, and I respect that, but at any given moment I could name 600 American politicians that I don’t agree with politically. But that’s no excuse to disrespect the nation that has given you the opportunity to earn those American bucks, and a slap in the face to all those who fought and died for your right to disrespect America.

Make no mistake, I’m no cheerleader for any politician, I understand your frustration with American politics. It’s a ruthless and dirty business, but if you guys ever get the government you think you want, that cold rocky island of Greenland will look pretty good to me.

Yes, I know this is all in fun, but couldn’t you see a five-star Trump resort and casino towering over the landscape of the rocky coast of Greenland?

No doubt the people of Greenland deserve to be left alone to live in peace as they have done for decades, but freedom-loving Americans are going to seek that key of freedom, and one day the cold rocky island of Greenland may just hold that key.

Jimmy Parker lives in Erwin. Contact him at jimmyprmg@gmail.com.

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