THE PRESIDENCY: The Dangers of Content

In these late spring days of 1976, a lot of Americans do not have all that much use for a President, which is a tribute of sorts to our system but a cause of increasing concern to the people who care about the quality of leadership.

From the air over Illinois one can see the giant cultivators, drawn behind tractors, gently stirring the earth between the rows of new corn. It is a consuming drama between a farmer and his land. Building more than 50,000 cars and trucks a day, as auto workers did...