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The Amazing Story Of How One Of The Most Famous Trumpet Players In The World Changed America

If you've ever sung your favorite song at the top of your lungs in the shower or read your favorite book a thousand times, you understand the pure joy art can bring to each of our lives. But with all of the personal pleasure we get from art, it's easy to forget the massive role it has played — and continues to play — in shaping our society for the better.

The Amazing Story Of How One Of The Most Famous Trumpet Players In The World Changed America
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Senator Ted Cruz and a kangaroo.

Conservative media in the United States has painted Australia as a state on the brink of authoritarianism due to strict COVID-19 protections in some parts of the country. These news outlets appear to be using the country as an example of what can happen in America if liberal politicians go unchecked.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson ran a story on Australia earlier this month claiming the country "looks a lot like China did at the beginning of the pandemic." He ended it by saying that "what's happening in Australia might be instructive to us in the United States" and that things can "change very quickly" and become "dystopian and autocratic."

Carlson provides zero reasons why Americans should be fearful of becoming an autocratic country due to COVID-19, beyond the idea that "things can change very quickly" so his appeals sound a lot more like fear-mongering than genuine concern.

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