Sheriff's Office: A terrible price to pay
by Jim Ruth Bradley County Sheriff
Dec 08, 2013 | 936 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jim Ruth
Jim Ruth
This week on Dec. 7, we remembered our Navy sailors, Marines and Army personnel who were at Pearl Harbor. On that fateful day 72 years ago, Japan dropped bombs on our Pacific fleet and elsewhere on the island. It ushered America into the most devastating war in history.

President Roosevelt gave his inspirational speech to America declaring that Dec. 7, 1941 was a day that will “live in infamy.”

There were many heroes that day who reacted to this sneak attack. I am sure there were many reluctant fighters who had been drafted into the armed services, but they too, became fierce defenders of our country. They displayed their heroism throughout the attack.

Historians saythis attack could have been avoided had the civilian authorities in Washington not dropped the ball. But, be that as it may, it did happen.

As it turned out this attack was not good for Japan at all. This assault on America did what Japan’s naval commander, Admiral Yomomoto stated: “I fear that all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”

Well, it did, it brought our nation, which was the most economically sound and industrious country in the world, to a furious, angry pitch seeking retribution with a vengeance.

There were a large number of heroes that day, but more than 2,000 Americans went down to a watery grave. We are still saddened by the fact that some of America’s best never came home again.

It is widely believed America was at its best during this generation of World War II veterans. They and the workers back home did what was necessary for us to be victorious.

After the war they came home, went to school on the G.I. Bill, helped crank up our factories with new products, started the baby boom, started new businesses, built churches and schools.

American values were dear to their hearts. They have since been the most demonstrative of their patriotism than any group. Yet, I suppose our veterans from Korea, Vietnam (where I served) and the wars in the Middle East are just as patriotic.

America has taken the biblical admonition to heart, “Love your enemies,” and we have now become close allies with Japan and other countries. Forgiveness has been granted from both sides.

The war and the time spent in the various armed services were life changing to be sure. But, the returned fighters seemed to be able to grasp the needs for their families, their communities and America at large.

I like the America they created. In my estimation, they are all heroes. I have known a number of them personally and have been enriched because of it.

I know that America has declined significantly in recent years. The downward slope is getting even more slippery. It is in the news every day, the lies, the deceit we get from the president and his staff, from the lawmakers and from nationally advertized businesses and their products.

Maybe there is some hope that a large number of righteous men and women with the same mindset of these World War II vets will turn back the tide. Then we can get back on the path our founding fathers envisioned.

I am not advocating that we do like some veterans did years ago when they made an armed attack on the McMinn County Courthouse. In doing so they demonstrated their disdain for the corruption that was there at the time.

We can study the qualifications of every candidate and look closely at their lives. If we do that we can vote for the right person. We, certainly, should know about a candidate, whatever the office they are seeking. Too many wrong people have been elected by default.

Our veterans from all the wars have paid the price for us to have a good country. As good citizens, and patriots we should do our part in developing and maintaining a great country. You can help do so by voting every time.

Veterans, I admire you for your service.

Thanks for reading.