The Nation: The Unions, the Secretary and Jerry

Buoyed by large and rousing crowds on his first extended campaign swing since he won his party's nomination, Gerald Ford opened the week with a three-day foray into the South. In Alabama and Mississippi, his audiences —mostly white and affluent—cheered his attacks on Carter's vow to cut the growth in defense spending and roared approval of the President's opposition to gun controls.

On both issues, the President show-boated crassly. As he warmed to his defense of the Pentagon, he claimed that the Democratic Congress had slashed $50 billion from the military budget over the...