THE PRESIDENCY: Where the Real Gold Is Mined

In the middle of the U.S. the greatest harvest in all history is rolling in. Washington, obsessed with Jimmy Carter's polls and Teddy Kennedy's plans, has hardly noticed, a lamentable failure in understanding the nation's soul.

American strength rests on this miracle of food. Without it Carter might be hoeing peanut plants for the Queen and Kennedy might be a barkeep in Ireland. While we falter in other global competition, this season the U.S. harvest of corn, soybeans, wheat and other grains will humble even mythology. The Soviets know. With tensions high over...

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