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Top-rated Fox News host Tucker Carlson chose to ignore breaking news developments to open his Friday evening and instead focused on the many good things about Americans and the country in general.
“There is a huge amount going on right now, as you know, really a torrent of news, historic amounts,” the host began. “To begin tonight, we are going to ignore all of it.”
After acknowledging that it is unorthodox for a news program to do that, Carlson said he wanted to “take a 20-minute break” and highlight what makes the U.S. unique and Americans, overall, good.
“So many things seem so completely screwed up right now that it can be overwhelming, and over time, it’s also misleading,” he said.
“If you pay too much attention to what’s happening, you can easily conclude that America is a rotten country. But that’s wrong. It’s not,” Carlson continued. “America is still the best there is.”
He went on to say that he believes there are “two things” that make the nation “great” — “the country and its people.”
First and foremost, the host said, America “is a truly beautiful place,” but if people “are absorbed” in their smartphones “all day, it’s easy to forget that.”
“But look around. It’s stunning. Switzerland has the Alps and Zimbabwe has Victoria Falls, but multiply that by an entire continent and you’ve got what we have, America,” Carlson continued, noting that from coast to coast, the country has a number of stunning features.
“Spend the day hiking through the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming. You might not see another person,” he said. “How could a place so gorgeous be so empty?”
“Wake up in Big Sur, California, some morning,” Carlson — who was born in San Francisco and grew up in the state — added. “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.”
The host said that Americans are blessed with so much and will continue to be regardless of who wins elections.
And “all of it is ours to enjoy, thank God.”
Americans, he said, are sometimes “misguided,” but overall are good, kind people who like to help others and are among the world’s most giving.
“This isn’t an especially religious country anymore, but surveys on church-going do not tell the whole story,” he said. “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.”
The host said when we realize that and accept that our time on earth is very short comparatively speaking, “you tend to treat people better.”
“Americans do. Don’t let cable news fool you. Don’t let us fool you. This is a profoundly nice country, the nicest in the world,” he noted further.
Carlson went on to say that Americans treat children, strangers, and pets with care and respect while giving the most to charity of any other country.
“There’s no country on earth you’d rather be lost in, someone will help you,” he noted.
“It’s a sweet country. In some ways, it’s getting better. The music’s definitely improving, so is the food,” he said. “Believe it or not, we still make things here. And a lot of them are pretty good.”
Carlson noted further that for the most part, much of this won’t change because Americans, by and large, do not like or accept “radical change.”
“They prefer incremental improvement,” he said of the American people. “That’s why we’ve had only one revolution. It’s why we fought off the metric system all these years…it’s why we still have Christmas, and always will.
“Christmas in America is great, even if you don’t understand what it’s all about, and many people don’t. It’s still the happiest time of the year and therefore it’s the most American,” Carlson said.
“America is a happy country despite everything,” he concluded. “Our happiness is fundamental. It’s in our founding documents. It’s in our people.”
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