On debates, Los Angeles rabbi: ‘Each statistic makes my spirit sink’

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama spar over energy policy during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University on Oct. 16, 2012

The morning after the second presidential debate, Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles penned the following poem about the political ritual.

Writes Wolpe:

I watch debates with resignation;
The smirks and stern recrimination
The plans for pundit acclamation
That lead to democratic coronation.

 

Each statistic makes my spirit sink
Each interruption makes me yearn to drink
Prepared  remarks and ginned up indignation
Suffice to choose the leader of the nation?

 

Why don’t they just play “Jeopardy”
Uncover answers from the game board key
At the buzzer we’ll hear what each man says
And Alex Trebeck can choose our Pres.

 

Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, David Wolpe is the author of seven books including “Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times” and his latest, “Why Faith Matters.” Follow him on Facebook.

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