To be fair, the video does seem rather stilted for one of the country's most well-known movie stars, but that is not why Norris' video is making news.
In it, Norris and his wife Gena quote Ronald Reagan's "freedom is never more than one generation from extinction" speech, which continues to say that, should America slip away from freedom, our children will "take the first step into a thousand years of darkness.”
Coupled with the plea to vote out Barack Obama and the warning that our country "may be lost forever" if we don't change tracks, the implication is clear-- re-electing Barack Obama could lead to the next dark age.
Watch the video, via YouTube, below:
The couple explains, taking turns roughly every paragraph:
Chuck: We are here to talk about a growing concern we all share. If we look to history, our great country and freedom are under attack. We're at a tipping point and, quite possibly, our country as we know it may be lost forever if we don't change the course our country is headed.
Gena: With our country at a crossroads, Chuck and I have asked ourselves what we can be doing to help support this great country we're blessed to live in, and how we can encourage our like-minded American brothers to unite and let their voices be heard. It is estimated that in the 2008 election, 30 million evangelical Christians stayed home on voting day, and Obama won the election by 10 million votes.
Chuck: We know you love your family and your freedom as much as Gena and I do. And it is because of that, we can no longer sit quietly or stand on the sidelines and watch our country go the way of socialism, or something much worse...As Edmund Burke said, 'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men and women do nothing.' [Emphasis added]
The two then read part of Ronald Reagan's speech-- including the "thousand years of darkness" warning-- with Gena concluding: "If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us, we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
"Please stand with us," Chuck asks viewers in closing. "Let's unite for God and country, and may God continue to bless the United States of America. See you at the polls..."
What did you think? Too dramatic, or appropriate for the times?