By Charles Cooper
Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good week.
You’ve heard me say over the years that we’ll overcome the situation we’re in now because we’re Americans and that’s the best there is.
As Southerners, just look at where we were and where we are today. Water Valley came back from reconstruction, yellow fever epidemics, loss of the railroad shops, bank failures, and the great depression–and is now in the process of making another come back.
On the local level, a young man named Ben King lost an arm in a shooting accident and later became a successful farmer and cattle buyer. Bill Baddley lost an eye in a shooting accident and became a successful trucking executive. D. C. French had a badly crushed arm but he became a medical doctor and practiced here for many years. A farm boy named Kermit Cofer became a successful attorney and went on to serve in the Mississippi Supreme Court.
About a 100 years ago a young attorney named Earl Brewer was elected Gover-nor of Mississippi. A young man named Burney Crowell was crippled from polio, but worked on a crutch as a service station attendant, delivery man for Railway Express and Gordon transports, and later local distributor for the Commercial Appeal. Bill Knight who graduated with me, worked summers on the railroad section crews and eventually became maintenance supervisor for the entire Illinois Central Railroad.
With the exception of Earl Brewer, I was privileged to know all of these individuals personally. This is why I can say with certainty that we’re going to do it again. After Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral Yamamoto is quoted as saying, “I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a deadly resolve.” The current re-gime in Washington has tried to tear down the principles upon which this country was founded and remake it in their image. But, instead have awakened that same sleeping giant. I see evidence every day that Americans are awakening and are beginning to say enough is enough. As country comedian, Brother Dave Gardner, was fond of saying, “Have faith dear hearts the best is yet to come.”
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or write me at P.O. Box 613189 Memphis, TN 38101 and have a great week.