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Perfectly sums up the leftist viewpoint …

On the anniversary of the day the Continental Congress finally voted to sever ties with King George, the New York Times Opinion folks published a video downplaying American Exceptionalism. In the video, the narrator seeks to prove that far from being the "greatest nation on Earth," it is just another borderline nation with dumb kids, fat adults, high poverty, and more. It's like a video essay version of lefty Twitter.

The sad part isn't that the Times published this video. The sad part is that a significant portion of the American public actually buys into these narratives. Sure, the narrator gives lip service to the things that make America great, but he focuses harshly on our negatives.

Case in point: He brings up freedom and focuses on people not exercising their freedom to vote. The left often thinks that everyone should vote. But in fact, our freedom to vote is also a freedom to not vote. This is especially interesting as he focuses on Australians exercising their "freedom to vote" at an 80 percent rate. Spoiler alert: It is against the law not to vote in Australia. That's not freedom; that's compulsion. The Aussies even call it "compulsory voting."

Also not focused on is America's freedom of speech because, of course, the left is trying its hardest to curtail it at every point. Some of the countries that the narrator cheers have horrible records on free speech, like the U.K., where you can go to jail for a social media post.

Does America have her problems? Yes. But every country does. Cherry-picking statistics to denigrate your nation on the anniversary of its birth is a very leftist thing to do.

The New York Times shows once again that it is a cesspool of America-denouncing leftist thought. Sorry, but America is the greatest country on Earth. That's why millions of people try to get here every year.

CNN host says Trump is right about asylum fraud …

CNN's Fareed Zakaria, no admirer of President Donald Trump, threw a truth grenade into the left-wing thought bubble over the weekend. He agreed with Trump and others that America's asylum system is broken and being abused.

The Washington Examiner reported that Zakaria said:

Given President Trump's mean-spirited and often bigoted attitudes on immigration, it pains me to say this, but he is right that the United States faces a crisis with its asylum system. Democrats might hope that the out of control situation at the southern border undermines Trump's image among his base as a tough guy who can tackle immigration. But they should be careful. It could actually work to the president's advantage.

Zakaria continued, "The criteria for asylum need to be rewritten and substantially tightened. The number of courts and officials dealing with asylum must be massively expanded. People should not be able to use asylum claims as a way to work in America."

That's not my colleague Daniel Horowitz speaking, surprising as it seems; that's a CNN host bravely telling the truth about the crisis at the southern border.

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