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Letters from an Ohio Farmer

Most of you know that we do some interesting, maybe even often consequential things, at the Ashbrook Center.  Some--do I dare say most?--are quite interesting.  I have always said that we never let a good idea go to waste, we take advantage of opportunities to think and act in public, and we can turn on a dime, like the Marine Corps.  Well, we are up to something rather interesting, and maybe even consequential.  We have launched a new project, in the works for months: Letters from an Ohio Farmer.  These are letters aimed at the new Congress and the public.  Please read how we how we introduce ourselves in the project itself, and also read the first letter from an Ohio Farmer

I do hope you understand the spirit in which we launch this project, why the many authors will not be identified, why each letter is the product of many pens, and why only Roger Beckett or your humble servant, will publicly talk about the project.  Above all things we would like the Letters to speak for themselves, and over time--we will offer up one each week--we hope that our effort will have a modest effect on the national conversation about constitutional  self-government.  As we put it when we introduce the project: "The Ohio Farmer is not primarily concerned with immediate policy questions, though he will necessarily discuss them; he hopes to refine and enlarge the public's view of the larger political principles implicit in our policy debates. He is a friend to all who love this country and wish it well; he is searching for that common ground that can unite all reasonable parties who wish to maintain America's glorious tradition of constitutional self-government."
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