Debate Preamble

New York Times
October 9, 1956

Page 1

Don Larsen threw a perfect game
Something baseball had never seen
In the World Series.

(Kind of like this presidential race…)

Voter registration rolls were swelling
As people were getting out
To fulfill a civic duty.

(Hopefully people are doing the same today…)

Page 2

An ad for “Middle of the Night”
With Edward G. Robinson said,
“You want to talk or do you just want
To make a pass at me?”

(Sounds like something said to guys getting off a TV bus…)

Page 3

MARINE MUST FINISH TERM
FOR LEADING DEATH MARCH
Sergeant heads to the brig.
(Sounds like the Republican party’s current walking papers…)

Page 6

The Enterprise air craft carrier
Of World War II service
Was offered for sale instead of becoming a memorial.

(Sounds like the bill of goods of Make America Great Again…)

Page 9

GYPSIES OF SOVIET UNION MUST GET TO WORK
Their conversion to a sedentary lifestyle
Being the price for a totalitarian government.

(What I’m scared of…)

Today

Sixty years after the reported facts
We are still dealing with
Election turmoil,
Sexism,
Abuses of power,
Wasted resources,
Overblown government,
And this election
Is doing nothing
To steer us
Out of the news of the past.
Neither candidate inspires.

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