Today is February 22, birthday of the man Chuck Norris most admires, George Washington.
According to Norris, he doesn’t look to Reagan or Kennedy or even Lincoln when he looks for the greatest leader of this country. No, Norris’ mind goes back quite a lot farther than the terms of any of these men, all the way back to the first president of the country, George Washington.
Here’s what Norris had to say about the man elected unanimosly to the highest office of the land in 1789, the man who believed that three terms allowed way too much control for any one man.
“So here are my top 10 reasons I wish George Washington were still alive and why I believe the model of his life is still worthy to shadow today. (These are also the reasons I often cited in my New York Times best-seller Black Belt Patriotism, which has an expanded paperback edition.)
“10) At just 14, George wrote out in freehand by his own volition 110 Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. At 17, George’s first official job was as the official surveyor of Culpeper County, Va.
“9) Washington epitomized courage. While others were frightened by their signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington was on the front lines, battling for its tenets…Who can forget the severe conditions of Valley Forge?
“Washington even dodged bullets on several occasions. The University of Virginia documented a few of them: ‘at Braddock’s Defeat where two horses were shot under him and he had four bullets in his clothes; at the final skirmish of the Forbes expedition, on November 12, 1758, where he rushed between two parties of British who were firing at each other…’
“8) Washington wasn’t afraid of public opinion or challenging the status quo. As History’s website explained, “he struggled with advisors over what sort of image a president should project. He preferred one of dignity and humility…As far back as 1786, Washington wrote, ‘There is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do, to see a plan adopted for the abolition of (slavery).’
“7) Washington was a man of integrity and character yet just as human as the rest of us…Washington was also an ordinary man. He loved cricket and fox-hunting, moved gracefully around a ballroom…He possessed a wry sense of humor and, like his wife Martha, tried to resist the vanities of public life. Washington could also explode into a rage when vexed in war or political battles…