Forum, Jan. 27, 1975

To the Editors:

President Ford's words comprise the most uncomforting assessment of the State of the Union that the American people have had to hear. Even during the Civil War, President Lincoln each year offered gratitude for the excellent health of the people and for abundant harvests. Even in 1814, when British troops had recently set fire to the city of Washington, President Madison felt that he could anticipate the expulsion of the invaders. Even in 1931, with economic disaster everywhere, Herbert Hoover promised that the value of traditional American virtues would soon prove itself again.

Ford's willingness to come to the people...

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