Texas Rangers and Chuck Norris
Texas Rangers and Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris jokes have become as much a part of pop culture as Coca Cola.  It may come as a surprise to rising generations that the world hasn’t aways viewed Mr. Norris as a brand of jokes.  Before 2005, when Chuck Norris jokes (aka Chuck Norris “facts”) became a thing, he was the main character in the TV  hit show Walker: Texas Ranger.  As this is a Texas military blog, I’ll be sure to touch upon the Ranger side of things shortly.  In the meantime, though, I’d like to spend a little time on the lighter side of things: Chuck Norris facts.  For, even we in the military community need some comic relief from time-to-time.

Examples:

Time waits for no man. Unless that man is Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris breathes air . . . five times a day.

Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird.

Chuck Norris can tie his shoes with his feet.

When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he’s pushing the earth down.

So, here’s the question some people have: Why Chuck Norris? Why not Jackie Chan or Arnold Schwarzenegger? The answer is a little fuzzy, but essentially what happened was an online forum settled on Chuck Norris as the new personality to replace what had been Vin Diesel.

Since then, there has been no change.  The world has embraced Chuck Norris facts as a pop culture mainstay.

Chuck Norris and Texas Rangers

No, Chuck Norris is not a Texas Ranger.  He is an actor or does a great job making people like Texas Rangers, though.

Mr. Norris was the main protagonist in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger, which produced eight seasons and a TV movie.

Audiences were drawn to the series because Chuck Norris presented a moralistic, high-ground law enforcement approach.  He demonstrated that cops didn’t need to use foul language, and they didn’t need to drink.  The show was family-friendly and showcased martial arts as a central theme.

Strange, but true.

Somehow the producers were able to convincingly pull off the task of weaving martial arts with Texas law enforcement.  It was a brilliant move and cemented Walker, Texas Ranger, as one of America’s classic law enforcement TV shows.

The Real Texas Rangers

Just to clear the air, Texas Rangers use firearms as the weapon of choice not roundhouse ninja kicks.  They are one of the oldest and most beloved state law enforcement agencies in the United States.  They have protected governors and presidents and investigated crimes of all variety.  Their history is the stuff of legends, and it inspires many youngsters to look to future careers in Texas law enforcement.

Respect for Police

Something Texans seem to do well is they hold in high regard the law enforcement professionals who keep Texas communities safe every day.  That respectful attitude has become rarer every year.  From time-to-time, brave citizens will push back against the loud voices of police criticism.  One of my favorite examples of this was when the Idaho company, Melaleuca, lit their corporate building entirely in blue to honor police officers everywhere.  I guaran-darn-tee that that noble gesture convinced me to look into what the heck Melaleuca products were.  Turns out, a lot of the stuff I already buy at Target and Walmart can be purchased online through Melaleuca.  Because they showed courage in publicly honoring police officers, I will honor them by giving them my business when possible.

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