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— TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS:

“There is a huge amount going on in America right now. So many things seem so completely screwed up that it all can be overwhelming. And over time, it’s also misleading.

If you pay too much attention to what’s happening, you can easily conclude that America is a rotten country. But that’s wrong. America is still the best. There are two things about America make it great: the country and its people.

This is a truly beautiful place. That’s the first thing. If you’re absorbed by your phone all day, it’s easy to forget that. But look around. America is a stunning country. Yes, Switzerland has the Alps and Zimbabwe has Victoria Falls. But multiply that by an entire continent and you’ve got what we have in America — from the islands of Puget Sound to the islands in Casco Bay, from the Rockies to the Badlands, from the Upper Peninsula to the Appalachian Mountains.

Spend a day hiking through the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming. You may not see another person. How can a place so gorgeous be so empty? We’ve got a lot of those here. Wake up in Big Sur in California some morning. The smell of redwoods and salt air will change you. You’ll feel things you inherited from your ancestors coming from places the modern world cannot touch.

We are blessed to live in a place like this, more blessed than we acknowledge. No matter what happens next, no matter who becomes the president now or in the future, nothing can diminish the dignity of an eastern white pine towering above the spruce in a New England forest. All of it is ours to enjoy, thank God.

And we’ve got a lot of people to enjoy it with, an awful lot. Americans are still the best people, misguided as we sometimes are. This isn’t an especially religious country anymore, but surveys on churchgoing do not tell the whole story. Even now, most Americans know they’re not really in charge of the universe. They know there’s something bigger out there, bigger than all of us combined. And when you understand that, when you know in your bones how small you are and how short the ride is likely to be, you tend to treat people better.

This is a profoundly nice country, the nicest in the world. Americans are kind to children, to pets, to strangers. We give more money to charity than any other place. We tip our waiters more. There’s no country on earth you’d rather be lost in, because someone will help you in America. We don’t eat dogs, we rescue them. They sleep on the bed, we give them funny names, we cry when they die.

It’s a sweet country. In some ways, it’s getting better. The music’s definitely improving. So is the food. Believe it or not, we still make things here and a lot of them are pretty good now. Americans love innovation, but they are distrustful of anyone’s radical plans for the future. Most people here don’t want an abrupt reshuffling of everything. They prefer incremental improvement. That’s why we’ve had only one revolution. It’s why we fought off the metric system all these years, and thank heaven we have.

It’s why we still have Christmas and always will. Christmas in America is great. Even if you don’t really understand what it’s about, and many people don’t, it’s still the happiest time of the year and therefore it’s the most American.

America is a happy country, despite everything. Our happiness is fundamental. It’s in our founding documents. It’s in our people. Nothing happening right now can take that away.

FULL SOURCE: Tucker Carlson: This Is Why America Is Great, Real Clear Politics

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486 days into the “Pandemic”

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486 days into the “Pandemic”

With the Covid-19 restrictions going on in some places, it is now day 486; most Americans don’t understand they are slowly losing their rights; some Americans are actually willing to give up their rights for “safety”. I understand people are dying from the Coronavirus, and my prayers and condolences go out to their families, but, just because people pass away doesn’t mean life should stop. Sure, it’s okay to mourn and take a break to recover from the loss of a loved one, but we still have to go back to work. We still have to pay our bills and take care of our families.

When it comes to lockdowns and restrictions, it’s safe to say that most progressives, liberals, and Democrats are pro-lockdown and pro-mask mandate. They will say things like, “it’s for a good cause, and it will save lives.” Is it really, though? Is it really for a good cause, and are lives really being saved?” It is safe to say that most Americans, 97%, wore a mask during the earlier stages of the pandemic, before the vaccine was available to the public and some are still wearing on to this day. It’s literally impossible to get every American to wear a mask. Experts said that “Mask will prevent” the spread of Coronavirus, but cases were still drastically going up every day in the earlier stages of the pandemic. Early in the pandemic Dr. Fauci even said, “Nobody should be wearing a mask and that it won’t stop the tiniest of droplets.” What changed Dr. Fauci?

I also don’t understand how lockdowns are “for a good cause.” There was a study, and it concluded that 20%+ of small businesses in the United States are gone and never coming back. So, where is the “good cause” of the single mother owning a hair salon not being able to pay her mortgage or put food on the table for her kids? Where is the “good cause” in an elderly couple owning an antique store for 50+ years and then having to shut down for good, and now they are unable to pay their bills? Where is the “good cause” in a family-owned dinner having to close for good, and now they can’t pay their bills, pay their employees, or are unable to put away money in their kid’s saving account for college? The Coronavirus isn’t just killing people; it’s taking away their livelihood as well.

We have to come to reality with ourselves, people aren’t just dying of Coronavirus. Since the pandemic started, cases of suicide, drug overdoses, spouse abuse, and alcohol abuse are up drastically. The lockdown has dangerous psychological effects as well. People are suffering from depression from not being able to see their family, being jobless, not being able to pay their bills, losing family members, or just being isolated and alone has had a toll.

We have seen people who act very authoritarian in which they are promoting pro-mask mandate, pro-mandatory vaccine, and pro-vaccine ID to get a job or travel. However, when it comes to abortion they want to chant “MY BODY, MY CHOICE,” They claim they are only acting authoritarian because they “value human life”, and want to “save lives” but they want to be granted the right to take the life of an unborn child. They chant, “My body! My choice,” but they want to make you wear a mask and take the vaccine. Does “My body, my choice” not apply here? We have also seen an expansion of the surveillance state and the fact-checkers monitoring your life to ensure you aren’t posting “misinformation.”

Also, the same people who act in this same manner tell you, “if you open your business or go out, you’re killing grandma,” but these same people have been caught on social media at house parties with many people, not social distancing, and not wearing a mask. These people are the same people who were rioting and burning down cities during the George Floyd riots. It was okay to go out and riot in the name of “justice,” but you, the hard-working American, are not allowed to open your small business or have it fully functional to the public. These people also like to say that the riots were not “super spreader events or didn’t cause the cases of Coronavirus to go up.”  First off, how do you even determine what’s a super spreader event is? You are still around a ton of people and not social distancing.

Next, we were told that hospitals were like “warzones,” but every time other people or I have driven by them, they are completely empty. We have seen countless videos of tik-tok nurses dancing in empty hospitals. I don’t know about you, but I found this very disrespectful toward the ones who have lost their lives during this pandemic. For example, my father’s brother passed away not too long ago, and the kids weren’t able to see their dad at all in the hospital until he passed. Oh, by the way! He didn’t have COVID either. He passed away from something else. I understand some nurses are working tirelessly and are busting their butts, but the hospitals weren’t like “warzones.” It’s a real disgrace to say you’re operating in a warzone, and then you go posting videos of your entire staff dancing.

Finally, we have seen government overreach in their powers. First off, who is the government to decide whether I’m “essential or non-essential?” The last time I checked, we are all essential because we all have to pay our bills and put food on the table for our families. For example, I’ve seen a small diner shut down and not allowed to be open, while a big cooperation restaurant down the street was allowed to operate. What is the reason for that, you may ask? It’s because they are big corporations and are probably Democratic party donors. Next, we saw and still see governors being really hard on religious groups such as churches and houses of worship, while they are at ease with secular groups. Last time I checked, the first amendment says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Most of these rogue Governors who have acted hostile toward religious groups have had all their orders shot down by federal judges. The same Governors that told you that you weren’t able to go outside, weren’t allowed to open your business, and enforced curfews, were caught violating their own orders!

In conclusion, Americans need to wake up and realize what is slowly among us. They need to realize we are slowly losing our rights, and eventually, we aren’t going to have any more rights. Pretty soon, we are going to live in a country where you’re going to have to get a  vaccine passport to return to work or travel, be a slave to the state, be put on a universal income, be told when you can open your business, and wear a mask forever. These rights are slowly being taken away, and they are given to us by our Creator, God, and nobody can take them away. I understand that COVID has killed people and my prayers go out to their families, but we have to be real with ourselves. Life doesn’t stop because people die. People die every day. People die of natural causes, aging, drug overdose, suicide, car accidents, diseases, hunger, etc. We were told “15 days to slow the spread,” and now we are at day 486, and we are still are not really back to normal. We have to realize that not every American is going to wear a mask; it’s the same concept of us not having the same values or beliefs, but at the end of the day, we have to live with each other, work with each other toward the same goal and make sure this country is left in the best condition possible for our children. Here is a quote before I sign off:

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”Benjamin Franklin

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