Black Belt Patriotism offers a unique perspective on the steps we must take to kick the problems plaguing America, straight from a true American icon.
Round-house to wake up America! Everyone knows Chuck Norris. What a lot of people don't realize is that there's more to the man than the legend. Martial arts champ, movie star, etc... but he's a great writer too. Some sections of the book were a bit repetitive, but I feel that's to help get the point across. He writes a column on World Net Daily, so after reading his often stirring writings, I figured I'd invest in a book (I got autographed copies! woohoo!). If you're on the political fence, Chuck Norris issues a call to action, not just for the sake of stirring people up, but a call to review the hidden truths in history and wake up to the fact that we started fighting the war on terror since back when America won her freedom.
If you don't think the Constitution is important (he included a copy), think again... yet despite the great importance of it, it has been violated- and is continuously being violated... yet we continue to vote people into office who continue to violate it!
He covers a range of topics, all of which have had, and will continue to have an impact on the future of our nation. I don't know if we can change the course we are on, but if enough people make stands for what is right and good, then there is hope. If we all sit back and do nothing, America will become nothing. The most free nation in the world, the nation of opportunity will be no more (not as we know it) if we continue down our current self-destructive path of political correctness, and falling for the propaganda in the media.
If you want a deeper look into what's really going on, start with this book. Turn off CNN and the other mainstream media sources. Check out World Net Daily... or you can go back to being a sheep waiting for the government to give you a rainbow and unicorn in your back yard. ...more info
Diverse in subjects and deep in research. I was plesantly surprised to received Black Belt Patriotism as a gift, but I was even more surprised to discover how diverse were its subjects and how deep its research. Expecting just a political book of sorts, I was glad to discover it dealt with our religious history, concern for upcoming generations, a defense of the traditional family, and the single best comprehensive chapter on holistic health. Throughout it all Norris quotes heavily from America's Founders on every issue, including health. As a lover and student of American history, I found his research impeccable and appropriately select. Norris hit a grand slam with this one. A true American manifesto from a real patriot. ...more info
Great Read Chuck Norris delivers a heartfelt treatise on American life. It is well annotated (facts are there to check) and complete with the actual text of key founding documents. It is definitely a keeper for future reference. I purchased multiple copies and sent them to my college graduate grandsons as they now start Life for real !---RAM...more info
Conservatives Good, Liberals Bad . . . Republican Led Government - Good
Democratic Led Government - Bad
Fundamentalist Christians - Good
All Other Religions - Bad
FOX News - Good
Rest of "Liberal Media" - Bad
The summary above predicts what the 'reader' of this puerile screed will likely recall. If you already know the mean-spirited and discredited views of Beck(the whimpering psycho), Hannity, Hume, O'Reilly, Coulter, Goldberg, Malkin, Limbaugh and you nod your head in agreement with them whenever they rehash the GOP talking points du jour . . . then the purchase of this wad of pulp is a great way to help put some easy money in the pocket of a washed up B movie actor.
Postscript - Chuckie (There is a horror movie doll by the same name whose acting abilities shine by comparison) is now calling for the violent overthrow of the US Gubmint, and the secession of Texas from the Republic. Classy....more info
His Title Says It All Chuck Norris is an amazing person in many respects. His book has lots of important quotations, historical documentation and well-reasoned ideas on what it means to be an American. He offers suggestions on how to regain our heritage at the end of each topic chapter. This book could be taught in our schools and it would change young lives and this Country for better. ...more info
"kick" it up a notch... chuck norris, does like he always does....he tells it like it is. this is a great man,one that loves his country...more info
Black Belt Patriotism How to Reawaken America This is agreat book and would recommend it to anyone who is concerned with the way our country is heading. Chuck should be in Washington Dc as he lays it out plane and simple. Great reading and eye opening....more info
Chuck is still a powerhouse at 68 years old! I literally tore throught his book in record time. It was a tremendous work with excellent references and too numerous to count quotes from founding fathers as well as current conservatives and average citizens.
It almost could be construed as a reference book with the constitution and bill of rights in the credits at the back of the book. Way to go Chuck!...more info
Common Sense Americanism This book offers something that seems to be missing more and more these days, a little common sense Americanism. ...more info
Excellent Read Chuck Norris writes as if he was in the room speaking to you. His straightforward style is an easy read. A disciplined and honest approach to dealing with todays trials in government, education, and personal responsibility. Quotes from the Founding Fathers, the Bible, and public personalities are woven into his own experiences. Recommended to school libraries where it will remind readers of our countrys' early foundation....more info
every American should read Even though the title is a bit peculiar, I hesitantly bought this book because I appreciate Walker Texas Ranger. I expected an actor and martial arts expert to deliver a tome of personal opinions and agenda; however, I was pleasantly surprised with the research, history, and scholarship with which Chuck Norris composed this work. (The book has over 300 endnotes! but I would like to see a bibliography included.) Not only does he identify eight of the most serious ills of our country, he offers practical commonsense solutions as well. Maybe all of his proposals are not practicable but certainly his sensible sound advice would be a step in delivering us from the predicament we are in today. Every American should read....more info
Excellent Reading This book is written in the true spirit of American Pride and the resiliance of the American people and how the government continually gets in the way of progress. Renew your faith in God, Country and the American Citizen with Black Belt Patriotism!...more info
The new "Culture Warrior" for the Christian world! A few years ago Bill O'Reilly wrote "Culture Warrior." Chuck's book reminds me of it, but with a deep concern to return us to our Founders' America--one that was entrenched in the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Christian religion. The book is not "left" or "right," but "American" in the heritage of our Founders. He addresses 8 problems with their solutions. The book is also an equipping and apolgetic book for every Christian. I didn't expect that when I purchased it, but it really is a defense manifesto par excellance. Very well researched!...more info
A text for everyone's bookshelf With a copy of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Ten Commandments in it, as well as our Founders recommendations for 8 critical issues in America, this book needs to be on every American bookshelf as a resource to how we can find our way back home to the America our founders created. ...more info
Book is an amateurish advertisement for a mediocre TV actor The cover of Black Belt Patriotism reveals a key weakness right under the author's name: it says Chuck Norris is a "karate master, TV actor, political activist". Karate master? Yes. TV actor? Yes. Activist? No. And that's the trouble. Norris is a heavyweight fighter but a lightweight thinker, and his "prescription" for America is really a naive rehashing of simplistic ideas from the Christian right which makes numerous mistakes and offers vague generalities as solutions.
Surprisingly, this book is not totally clueless. There were some intelligent solutions buried in this right-wing handout. The best idea is FairTax, a terrific bi-partisan approach backed by $29 million of research which promises to end the horrific complexity of labyrinthine tax codes, promote savings, tax consumption, which has rebates to protect the poor, and which might end the calculation nightmare Americans face every April. FairTax is a sensible way to help re-start a stalled economy. Further, Norris has intelligent ideas about home schooling, as well as intelligent observations about currency -- he asks why do pennies cost 1.2 cents to make, when they're worth less than this? And when Norris says he knows something is wrong about America, well, I agree, but this isn't new information.
But that's about it for the plusses.
I think America's problems are so substantial that neither a right-wing nor a left-wing strategy will fix them. The political process has broken -- partisan gridlock rules a corrupt national government. Legislators have rigged the rules for re-election so over 90% of representatives are routinely re-elected. Power has shifted from the states to Washington, and within Washington to the executive where there is a dangerous risk of tyranny. Some experts think we're one catastrophic terrorist attack away from martial law. The Supreme Court has become politicized, making quasi-legislative rulings, despite being composed of unelected officials who are unaccountable to voters in elections. The federal structure has broken down, depriving state governments of authority to regulate their own economies. Washington has become the main economic regulator, and it does this job badly. The architecture of government hinders smart foreign policy, so we're left with a system that largely depends on the quality of the president -- a good president and we're okay, an incompetent president and grave dangers can result. Constitutional scholars have increasingly long lists of flaws with the Constitution, which has been redacted to where it bears little resemblance with the Framers' intent. And the signs of breakdown are everywhere: financial meltdown, corruption, lobbying running rampant, inability to face serious issues like social security underfunding, environmental warming, and so forth.
The most dangerous problem is unprevented nuclear terrorism, in my view. He has no solution to this problem. Chuck Norris is one more clueless American who has spent too much time in front of cameras and not enough time reading or listening or questioning or thinking. So it's a shame his lame-brained book squeezes out more intelligent approaches in the limited space of the American bookshelf. I doubt Norris has ever read Benjamin Ginsberg's "The American Lie" or Kevin R. C. Gutzman's excellent "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution". I doubt he's ever read my book: "Common Sense: How to Prevent the Three Types of Terrorism." He hasn't read "Up To Our Eyeballs" so he doesn't understand the debt problem. The real villain, here, is Regnery Publishing, which should be boycotted for publishing such junk.
Norris makes many blunders. First, he assumes people are "citizens". We're not. We're consumers, investors, workers. But we don't pay attention to politics, we don't discuss politics, we rarely visit our local city halls, we don't even know the names of our congresspersons, we rarely vote (except for the last election because it was the first competitive contest in many years.) Why are Americans not citizens? Norris doesn't know. His cluelessness leads to a slew of naive suggestions, aimed at Americans, as if they're somehow empowered to fix the problem, but we aren't, and Norris doesn't understand this. So all of his suggestions have a naive aspect. Norris suggests Americans read the Constitution (most people are too busy watching lame-brained karate TV actors punch stuntmen); write our congresspersons letters (they're thrown out routinely by staffers, but Norris doesn't know this); spend less (Norris doesn't understand how the removal of safety nets has caused Americans to use credit cards in their stead). The height of this folly is Norris giving fitness suggestions -- eat more fiber! take multi-vitamins! I'm not making this up. Norris took one too many blows to the head, and he's apparently confused writing a political book with his personal TV fitness regimen.
Norris lists eight problems with America. (1) we've forgotten our roots (solution: begin by "educating yourself" -- Norris should take his own advice here) (2) run-away spending (agreed but there is no analysis of how this happened) (3) not enough border patrols (4) no moral compass (solution: Norris will begin his sermon here about God and such) (5) not enough value for human life (great, to fix America, let's confuse structural reform with a no-win divisive topic like abortion) (6) no future for our children (7) dissolution of the family (8) "no might to fight". This last one leads to his "fitness agenda". Solution to terrorism? He favors pre-emption. Didn't this get us into trouble in Iraq?
This book is a sad ad for Chuck Norris TV star, a sign that publishers like Regnery think Americans are so dumb that they'll buy anything with Norris wearing a white karate suit with an American flag patch. And this unfortunate nonsense clutters bookstore shelves.
This book may appeal to non-thinking members of the religious right. Be warned: America's woes are serious. Our nation needs non-partisan structural reform, not more partisanship. Chuck Norris has his heart in the right place by wanting to fix America, but he'll do everybody a favor by staying out of the political sphere. Norris should return to the fake punching of fake TV villains on fake TV shows and stop faking being a political activist.
Black Belt Patriotism by Chuck Norris Great book by a great Patriot. I bought it for my grandson who is in first year high school. I know he won't learn anything true about America in the federally funded schools who get their orders from the ungodly United Nations. America's only hope is a divine intervention....more info
A must read for voters this is one of those books that you can't put down once you get started. Such common sense from an actor is refreshing. I wish Chuck was runing for office...more info
Tough guy with significnat weak link It is a short plainly written book, only 189 pages not including the Ten Commandments and the Constitution in the back. It lays out basic christian conservative values and positions. For example: "God is our national treasure." and the author yearns "...that the America of yesteryear becomes the America of tomorrow." Chuck Norris attacks our enemies like Muslim extremists fiercely as you would expect given his TV image. And he slams processed food and obesity really hard. There is no soft spot in him for fatness. But he reveals a big soft spot for great multitudes of law-breakers. The tough guy is a pussy cat when it comes to illegal immigrants. The TV Texas Ranger "solution" is an amnesty program that will sow the seeds for more great waves of illegal immigrants in the future. The black belt solution will profoundly transform "the America of tommorow".
Endorsement Norris' book is surprisingly literate. I am a Norris fan, but his book goes beyond rhetoric, with very good bibio cites supporting and developing his thoughts. I recommend it....more info
Cheers for Chuck This is mostly a superb book which should be read by everyone who can read English. I was especially appreciative of the inclusion of The Declaration of Independance and the Constitution in their entirety.
Two things kept me from rating the book 5 stars:
1. The chapters on health and nutrition are inadequate. Both are extremely complex subjects which require separate books each as a minimum. The result is a vanilla treatment of the subjects which detract from the power of the rest of the book.
2.His idea of one Representative per state undermines the foundation of the United States. The House of Representative is the seat of Democracy and the Senate is the seat of a Republic. Our country is neither a Democracy nor a Republic: it is both and that is the true Genius of our Constitution along with the Separation of Powers. However I do agree that the House is too big and unwieldy: maybe 250 mermbers?
Black Belt Patriotism Great book. I totally agree with Mr. Norris. I recommend this book to others. What a great American....more info
A great book to read and discuss as a family I like the way this book espouses traditional conservative American Values and I like it on three levels. First, I appreciate that Chuck Norris is a big time celebrity and provides balance to the vast majority of liberal clich®¶ celebrities. Second, I appreciate his fame and example in martial arts. Two of my kids and my wife have second degree black belts from a local school whose master admires Norris. Third, I appreciate his openness about his religious faith and the way he shares the role of religion in American history.
The book has ten chapters. The first discusses what most conservatives see as our country's current predicament. Of course, if you don't see what he talks about as a problem you will wonder what all the fuss is about, but then you would not be a conservative. The second chapter encourages us to look back to our founding rather than just back a few decades and learn the true principles our country was founded on and why so much of the experimentation over the past century has led us to the difficult present.
The third chapter encourages us to see that our government practices fiscal responsibility, the fourth focuses on securing the borders and how to cure illegal immigration humanely. Chapters five, six, and seven talk about religion in our country's history, the importance of protecting life from its conception, and a call to values for the young folks under 30 (he calls them the Millennials). Chapter eight focuses on the values that strengthen families and why we have them. You would expect Norris to be concerned about physical fitness (including diet) and he covers that in chapter nine. The last chapter is a call for us to participate in the reawakening of the American Dream by getting involved and he tells you how.
The book also includes The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Ten Commandments. Footnotes and a helpful index are also included.
I think this book would be very useful to read and discuss as a family.
Reviewed by Craig Matteson, Ann Arbor, MI
Excellent Reading I purchased 2 of Chuck Norris' "Black Belt Patriotism." One was a gift; the other was for my husband and myself. Thank you Chuck Norris for writing this book . . .Americans need to wake up and realize that organizations are out there to bring down America and destroy our way of life. Why can't we be more positive and why can't the majority of Americans who agree with what you said in your book, stand up and be counted! Now is the time of course to do this, with the election only 3 weeks away. My son-in-law has read the book and now my daughter is reading it as well. An excellent and very worth while purchase; should be required reading in junior and senior high school! Thank you Chuck Norris!...more info
Black Belt Patriotism This is a superb book. Chuck Norris presents the facts in a straightforward manner. All of the points that he makes are clear, concise, and very easy to follow. He pulls no punches- no pun intended!!
In my opinion, it is a must read for everyone who is concerned about our democracy- this book is not just for martial artists. Thank you, Mr. Norris for sharing your thoughts....more info
Black Belt Patriotism: How To Reawaken America I am Jim Brossard. Most of you know me as the man who cut down the Mexican flag as it was flying on the same pole and placed above ours. This happened on October 3, 2007 in Reno Nevada. It was placed there apparently to protest the arrest of about one hundred Illegals that had stolen I.D. of Americans. NO Nations flag should ever be above ours! I love our great nation and will defend her at all costs! We are speaking English because our men and women fight for that right! Hence we are free and some would take our freedom and use it to hurt us. I believe that every American should read the great Chuck Norris's book Black belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America! America needs to wake up! I have benefited by reading this and I believe all good Americans that read it will....more info
Recommended Reading for All Americans If I were a school teacher, I would make his book mandatory reading for all children. It tells about our wonderful American history in clear and easy to read language; things that seem to be missing from history books today that are so important for all Americans to know and understand. I was very impressed with the author's knowledge, his true patriotism and straight-forward explanation of today's problems and how they can be solved. He uses good clear common sense in solving issues.
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black belt patriotism this book was very imformative, interesting and showed still another side to Chuck Norris, he is not only a great fighter, and movie star but a true patriot. Let's see when he runs for political office...ya got my vote Chuck.ken kellogg, santa ana ca...more info
...and to think, you don't have to press To sum it up in 2008:
Guys who claim to be poor "pimp" their rides to the point that their SUV's are mobile night clubs and girls who claim to be poor squander $10,000 on piercings and tatoos in order to look like $[...] whores! And we wonder why we're in our current state!...more info
A Real Knock-Out Book I've always had a great deal of respect for this American icon, although I was never an adamant movie/TV fan until now. If we had more folks like this running our country, we wouldn't be in the fix we're in now. Chuck Norris is brilliant in his knowledge and use of American History. His common sense approach to current issues is wonderful. This is a true American and humanitarian, giving a new light to problems that seem to plague our Politicians. Lets make him Secretary of State!
America needs a reawakening, and We The People are where it needs to start! Thank you, Chuck Noris....more info
Dr T's review This is a well presented and well researched presentation of our conservative strong history as a developing nation. Excellent inclusion of significant segments of official historical documents are presented which verify the facts regarding our nation's political and moral heritage. I fully endorse Chuck Norris' literary endeavor and hope it opens minds that are searching for the facts regarding our nation's beginnings and the questionable and uncertain state of the nation by comparison at this present time. Obviously I recommend this book.
Willard Gayle Thompson, MD...more info