Action movie star and conservative activist Chuck Norris is a big supporter of the Tea Party movement that opposes many of the policies coming out of Washington, D.C. these days. But what he's not crazy about is the fact that many people fly the current American flag at some of the protests. Norris suggests an alternative.
Writing for the conservative website Townhall.com, Norris claims the movement is not a Republican or Democratic one, ignoring all of the anti-Obama signs prevelant at the rallies:
"I want to emphasize: This revolutionary movement is not solely an independent, Republican or Democratic fight. It represents patriots who are fed up against modernists who seek to overturn almost every principle and tenet laid down by our country's Founding Fathers at the inception of our republic. From the East Coast to the "Left Coast," America seems to be moving farther and farther from its Founders' vision and government."
So since this is about moving the country back to what the Founding Fathers envisioned, Norris suggests going retro, and flying a vintage flag:
"I suggest you fly some revolutionary flag in lieu of your 50-star flag over the next year. Post the 13-star Betsy Ross flag, Navy Jack or Gadsden flag ("Don't Tread on Me") or any representation that tells the story of Old Glory and makes a stand for our Founders' vision of America.
Of course, patriots know that the 50-star flag truly represents one nation under God and our Founders' republic, but modernists simply don't get it. So what do you say we make a statement by flying a different flag and educate our neighbors when they ask us, 'Why are you flying that flag instead of the contemporary Stars and Stripes?' (If you insist on posting a modern USA flag, too, then get one that is tea-stained to show your solidarity with our Founders)."
The website TPM.com points about those tea-stained flags are available for sale online for $73.50.
Although Norris insists the protests are non-partisan, the actor, who famously supported Mike Huckabee during the 2008 campaign, couldn't resist at least one jab at President Obama:
"John Adams declared, 'Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.' Yet we've bastardized the First Amendment, reinterpreted America's religious history, denied our Christian heritage, and secularized our society, and now we ooze skepticism and circumvent religion on every level of public and private life.
And sadly, much of this has escalated in a single year, since our new president took office."
So is Norris right? Should we turn back the clock and be the country that was founded more than 200 years ago? Or has the change of two centuries necessitated altering the Founding Fathers' vision?