‘‘Politics needs a reference point outside of politics,’’ argues Hebrew
University religious philosopher Moshe Halbertal. ‘‘It needs values, it needs
facts, and it needs leaders who respect that there is a sacred domain of
decisions that will never be used to promote political gain, only the common
Public trust is eroded, adds Halbertal, when people feel that this
notion of the common good doesn’t exist because everything has become politics.
That describes the United States today.