I’ve long enjoyed watching the actor Chuck Norris in his movies and his TV show, Walker: Texas Ranger. He always fought on the side of good and generally portrayed a good sense of moral values. I also consider myself fortunate to have met him on several occasions. He was the consummate gentleman and was extremely polite and courteous to me.
Over the past few years, I’ve watched as Norris has become more politically outspoken and I’ve come to agree with many of his conservative views. He has a way of expressing his concerns for what’s going on with the country with a frankness and tone that not only captures your attention but makes you wish you had said it that way first.
In his New Year’s day column, Norris listed the first five of his ‘10 QUESTIONS TO FIND OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.’ I felt those questions were well thought out and needs to be addressed by all of the candidates, Republican and Democrats.
In his latest column, he asks what he calls his number 1 question for all of the GOP candidates which is,
“Is there a Lincoln on the present political GOP landscape who can discern the times and is able to unite this team of rivals to save our country?”
He is referring to the strategy that Abraham Lincoln used when he took office as president. Lincoln realized that those that ran against him possessed valuable talents and abilities that could well serve the nation, especially in the turmoil it was facing. Rather than appointing all of his friends to key positions, Lincoln appointed many of his political adversaries to those key positions so he could utilize their expertise. He knew that a nation divided could not stand and he needed the help of his opponents to try to keep it together.
Norris quoted Lincoln, who said,
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
Chuck Norris is asking the current GOP candidates if any of them are like the first Republican president and would be willing to do likewise for the sake of the nation. He points out that all of the current candidates still in the race and those that have dropped out all have unique qualifications and skills that could be put to use to help a new administration tackle what many believe to be an insurmountable task of recovery.
So I will echo Norris’ final question,
“GOP candidates: yes or no?”