Glenn Beck talks with Chuck Norris


Black Belt Patriotism

by Chuck Norris

GLENN: We have Chuck Norris on the phone? I just want him to karate chop, just a real nasty karate chop. You know what I mean? Hey, Chuck, how are you?

NORRIS: I'm doing good, Glenn, thanks.

GLENN: Chuck's the author of Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America. Chuck, you know what? I was talking about General Petraeus the other day. I mean this sincerely: I would love to have General Petraeus go up to Washington and clean that hornet's nest out. I'd like him to set up a military tribunal and call them in one by one, okay, going to have a little interview with you. Find out if they're guilty or innocent of being involved in, you know, all kinds of the scandals that are going on and kick them out.

NORRIS: I want to go with General Petraeus myself and be next to him and when he finds out who's guilty and, you know, dishonest, then I will take care of it for him. Took him out. I'll choke them out, the ones that he finds dishonest, I will choke them out and stick them into a pile.

GLENN: Do you ever watch 24?

NORRIS: I'm sorry?

GLENN: Do you ever watch the TV show 24?

NORRIS: No, I don't.

GLENN: Jack Bauer last night, he choked somebody out. Is that hard to do without killing them?

NORRIS: Yeah, you stop after 8 seconds. It takes 8 seconds for them to go unconscious.

GLENN: And then they --

NORRIS: They are always saying -- you know, since Jack Bauer, since I'm off the Walker series, everyone says, would Walker have a chance against Jack Bauer? I said Jack Bauer would last 5 seconds against Walker.

GLENN: Wow. But could you know which wire to cut if it was a nuke? Come on, Walker, come on, buddy.

NORRIS: I have good instincts, Glenn. My gut reaction will tell me which one to cut. That happens to Bauer, he doesn't know, either.

GLENN: If we're both sitting there and there's a nuke and you've got the red wire and the green wire and we're both sweating and you're like, I don't know, I'm going to go with my instinct, I think I'd like a little bit more.

NORRIS: Hey, actually I did a movie like that called President's Man. Listen to this. No one knows about this. But in 2000 I did a movie of the week called President's Man and what I do as President's Man, when the FBI and the CIA can't take care of a situation for the president, I come in and take care of it for him. And so we did one. It was so successful that CBS wanted me to do another one. So I started thinking about a story for another movie and I was talking to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and I said, Kay, I said, what is the greatest threat we have in America? And she says, our greatest fear is Osama Bin Laden's going to sneak a nuclear device into our country. And I said, oh, really? So I got my writers together. We wrote a story about Osama Bin Laden sneaking a nuclear device into America and hiding it actually in Chicago, which we didn't know at the time, and he calls the president and says, "I want you to release my holy warriors from the 1993 bombing or I'm going to explode this nuclear device in your country." So I get called in --

GLENN: Wait, wait, this is in 2000 you did this?

NORRIS: Yeah, this is in 2000. So anyway, I go to Afghanistan, I kidnap Osama Bin Laden, and I bring him back to the United States for trial. Then during that time -- and then the attorney general's a Muslim as well, Osama, and they get into a debate about the interpretation of the Qur'an and the, you know, the attorney general says the Qur'an talks about tolerance, you know, not war.

GLENN: Did you make this movie?

NORRIS: Oh, yeah. Anyway, so I do the movie, I finally find the nuclear weapon, disarm it at the last minute like Jack Bauer did. I was trying to find the right wire to cut down to two seconds. Anyway, we deliver this movie to CBS on September 7th, 2001.

GLENN: Holy cow.

NORRIS: Then four days later, of course, 9/11 hits. So now CBS doesn't know what to do. You know, the name of it was called Ground Zero was the name of the movie.

GLENN: Has it ever been seen?

NORRIS: No.

GLENN: Do you own it?

NORRIS: CBS got so scared of it, they said, well, we can't release this. You know, it's too prophetic. I said, please, if you are going to release it, if you are ever going to release it, you have to release it now. If you release it at a later date, everyone will think I did a rip-off of 9/11. And they said, oh, we can't do that, you can't do that. So --

GLENN: Do you own the movie, Chuck, or do you own it?

NORRIS: I own it.

GLENN: I'd love to see it sometime.

NORRIS: I'll send it to you.

GLENN: We should have a showing of it or something. That's fantastic.

NORRIS: Yeah, I'll send it to your show. It really was very prophetic. But, you know, it just hit too close. And so we changed it to A Line in the Sand, from Ground Zero to A Line in the Sand.

GLENN: Holy cow, that's amazing.

NORRIS: But the reason why I wrote my book, too, Glenn actually, it was from watching your show for forever and just listening to the things that are going on. I'm thinking, "Well, what can I do." And I just started researching and I thought, you know, I'm going to talk about the eight problems we have, you know, how we've drifted from the principles and beliefs that our country was founded upon. You know, our out-of-control debt, how the government has failed to enforce our nation's borders and illegal immigration and how we've lost our moral compass and the devaluation of life, the failing number of children, the dissolution of the family and America's apathy, physically, mentally and spiritually. So that's really what my book's all about is chapters about all the problems we have. And then I give my own common sense solutions to the problems that I arise in the book. And, you know, and the thing is I'm like you, Glenn. I'm a concerned citizen, I'm a father and a grandfather, and I'm just extremely worried about the future of our country for our kids and our grandkids.

GLENN: Chuck, you live in Texas.

NORRIS: Yes, I do.

GLENN: Somebody asked me this morning, they said, you really believe that there's going to be trouble in the future. And I said, if this country starts to spiral out of control and, you know, and Mexico melts down or whatever, if it really starts to spiral out of control, before America allows a country to become a totalitarian country, which it would have under I think the Republicans as well in this situation; they were taking us to the same place, just slower.

NORRIS: It was slower, yeah.

GLENN: Americans will, they just, they won't stand for it. There will be parts of the country that will rise up. And they said, where's that going to come from? And I said Texas, it's going to come from Texas. Do you agree with that, Chuck, or not?

NORRIS: Oh, yeah. You know, Texas is a republic, you know. We could actually --

GLENN: It was a country before it was a state.

NORRIS: Yeah, we could break off from the union if we wanted to.

GLENN: You do, you call me.

NORRIS: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: Seriously, you do. I don't mind having that lone star on my flag. I really don't mind it. I've been out with a seam ripper looking at my flag going, I don't know, California could go. I'm just saying --

NORRIS: I may run for president of Texas. (Laughing).

GLENN: All right. Hey, Chuck, I just wanted to touch base with you, too, on one other thing. Are you having a bunch of friends over to your house for the March 13th thing?

NORRIS: For the 13th, yeah. I got a whole group. A lot of the law enforcement here in the local area are going to be here and a lot of our family and friends are all going to be in our big room here to watch it. I'm dying to find out what it is, you know. I'm dying to find out what you're going to say.

GLENN: Well --

NORRIS: But, you know, the thing is, Glenn, once we talked on your television show the other night, you know, the thing that I am most passionate about and that is our tax system. You know, with our taxes in America, with our income tax, employment tax, capital gains, estate, property, corporate, Social Security, we are being taxed to death in our country and we've got to --

GLENN: You haven't seen anything yet.

NORRIS: And with these desperate times right now, we've got to take some positive desperate measures, and I really believe that if we could get the people behind us and say enough is enough, we need to eliminate the IRS, which is a bloated bureaucracy which has a tax code of 6,498 pages, you know, if we could eliminate that there and get a fair tax going where it's a consumption tax, we could bring the 3 million manufacturing jobs that are being outsourced to other countries back into our economy and the $13 trillion that the super rich are hiding in offshore banks that we know of, probably much more than that, they could all come back and give our economy a big boost without worrying about the IRS.

GLENN: Chuck, you know and I --

NORRIS: This would be a great solution to the economic downturn that we have right now, Glenn.

GLENN: Look, your time is coming, Chuck, because there's going to be two solutions that are going to be presented here and I think soon. This is not going to -- this can't last much longer. The way the rest of the world, it is going to start to come apart at its seams and then people are faced with a choice: Are they going to face it locally, are they going to become more like our founding or are we going to become a global government? Are we going to tie ourselves even more to the rest of the world? It's only going to go one of two ways. You know, Prime Minister Blair is in town and he's talking about a global --

NORRIS: Global, yeah.

GLENN: -- new deal. It looks like the government is going to go that way. But when it starts to unravel, you know, you're going to have a resetting, an opportunity to reset.

NORRIS: Yeah, I've got to tell you a story. Do you have a moment, Glenn?

GLENN: How long do I have? I've got about one minute. I've got one minute.

NORRIS: Huh?

GLENN: I've got one minute.

NORRIS: This is a story about a man who came to me seven years ago from Australia, a guy named Peter Daniels. And he came and visited. He's on a tour here in the country and he came to our home. He says, "We're going to have a global meltdown within the next few years. I have sold all my companies in Australia and I have bought a gold bank in Switzerland." And he says, I am focusing strictly on gold. And he says, I would -- you know, he said I would really recommend that you consider buying into the gold bank with me because it's going to be real bad here in the next few years. So I go to my business advisors here in Houston, Texas, and they say, "Oh, no, that's not going to happen. You know, don't worry about it." So I don't do it. And now look at the situation I'm in.

GLENN: Yeah, I know. I know.

NORRIS: And again, gut feelings. Gut feelings, Glenn. If I'd have listened to my gut feeling. But, you know, you talk about the Constitution all the time on your show.

GLENN: Yes.

NORRIS: And, you know, it's interesting because I read about John Adams, you know, who said that our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people.

GLENN: Yes.

NORRIS: It's

wholly inadequate for the government of any other. Now, can you see this, Glenn? You see what's happening?

GLENN: Oh, Chuck, let me tell you something. I've got to run but let me tell you something. You are exactly right. The best thing that you just said was had I listened to my gut.

NORRIS: Yeah.

GLENN: When America listens to her gut and stops listening to all the experts, we're going to be fine. Chuck Norris, we will talk to you again soon, my friend, and we'll see you on March 13th.

NORRIS: You got it. Thanks, Glenn.

GLENN: Name of the book is Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


https://shop.tomsteyer.com/collections/frontpage/products/tom-2020-pattern-tee


There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

For the slightly more moderate Democrat in your life, perhaps they'd like to join the "Yang Gang"…

https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/bumper-stickers/products/yanggang-decal


Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


https://shop.yang2020.com/collections/apparel/products/math-hat


But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


https://store.johndelaney.com/products/dogs-for-delaney-collar


John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


https://store.michaelbennet.com/michael-bennet-for-america-natural-canvas-tote/


Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


https://store.jayinslee.com/elvis-the-elves-the-mystery-of-the-melting-snow-by-jay-inslee/


A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

Then there's the candidate who thinks you're a moron that can't pronounce his last name: Steve Bullock...


https://shop.stevebullock.com/collections/apparel/products/emoji-t-shirt


Get it? Bull. Lock. Oh, so that's how you say the name that sounds exactly how it's spelled.

There's another candidate who also thinks you need help pronouncing his last name…


https://store.peteforamerica.com/collections/apparel/products/boot-edge-edge-t-shirt


And he is definitely right about that. So, thank you, Pete "Boot Edge Edge." That helps.

Just outside the bargain bin section, but just barely, are candidates like Julian Castro and his "El Presidente" t-shirt…


https://store.julianforthefuture.com/julian-castro-loteria-card-white-tee/


When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


https://store.marianne2020.com/collections/signs/products/love-rally-sign


"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

Now to the premium items from the premium candidates. Elizabeth Warren – the candidate with the most honesty in her advertising…


https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/apparel/products/impolite-arrogant-women-make-history-unisex-t-shirt

-AND-

https://shop.elizabethwarren.com/collections/drinkware/products/strong-american-unions-mug


Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


https://store.kamalaharris.org/poster-for-the-people/


At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/artists-for-bernie-coaches-jacket


Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

If that's a little over your budget you might consider a "Feel the Bern" fanny pack, to help store all those government freebies you'll get from Bernie…


https://store.berniesanders.com/collections/apparel/products/feel-the-bern-fanny-pack


This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

And finally, from front-runner Joe Biden, we have this fine "Women's Fitted Biden Polo." Which is just about the best polo description ever…


https://store.joebiden.com/collections/apparel/products/biden-polo-womens-fit


It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.