Chuck Norris: Essayist, raconteur infomercial huckster

And a seditious one to boot!

On Glenn Beck's radio show last week, I quipped, in response to our wayward federal government, "I may run for president of Texas."

That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not I, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star State, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state.


How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen, or will history need to record a second American Revolution? We the people have the authority, according to America's Declaration of Independence, which states:

"That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

One might expect greater loyalty to the nation from America's Über-patriots than the lackluster effort they have shown so far. Nevertheless, they have a right to express their bizarre thinking in public just as those of us who oppose them have a right to point to their hateful fulminations. I would suggest that their opponents ought to welcome their efforts. Their thinking neatly puts on display their arrogance, their love of power and their hatred for the country and its rich and contradictory legacy.

Naturally, Norris and his kind also fail to notice that they do not represent "We, the people" to the federal government or to a part of civil society any more than the positions expressed by Ralph Nader, Martin Luther King, Ignatius Donnelly, Eugene V. Debs or Nat Turner had back in their days. The phrase refers to a conceptual object and a political potential inherently a feature of a modern democracy, an object and capacity that is necessarily available to everyone and thus to an object that belongs to no one in particular. As such, any American can draw upon this object and power.

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