William Murchison

William Murchison is a Dallas-based columnist for Creators Syndicate. He is completing a book on cross-currents in modern morality.


Terrorism and the Blame Game


It’s hard to know what’s funny these days. It’s possible that nothing is and nothing will be funny until we are safely through the election season — maybe not even then. Hillary Clinton, who puts herself forth as prospective commander in chief, blames her Republican opponent for the slasher attack on mall shoppers in Minnesota; […]

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Hillary and the ‘Homophobes’


Say, do you think she might have to drop out of the race if she’s as sick as she looked on this Sept. 11 in Manhattan? I understand the question. However, something more than the obligations of Christian charity militate against wishing for such an outcome. The first deterrent to this wish-fulfillment is Hillary Clinton’s […]

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Vote for St. Teresa


That St. Teresa of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) could never, ever have qualified for the U.S. presidency is a blessing weighing nearly as heavily in her favor as does the plenitude of good works that led to her canonization. The U.S. presidential campaign makes a fruitful backdrop against which to consider, shall we say, the Important […]

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The Politicians Can’t Stand Us — and It Shows


“Health-Plan Choices Shrink,” said a headline in the Wall Street Journal, Aug. 29, 2016. What’s this  — another campaign promise brought to the table undercooked and half-sauced? Americans, as they look around the political dining room, are receiving, um — I know: Let’s call it a liberal education. An education in the complete, for all […]

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Who, Whom? From Lenin to Obama


A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday disallowed the Obama administration’s attempt to change the nation’s mind on the latest liberal social cause: sex-alteration. Judge Reed O’Connor enjoined the administration from enforcing new directives from the Departments of Justice and Education, which would prop open public-school restroom doors for access by students identifying with […]

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Trump the ‘Stalin-Lover,’ and Other Political Deceits


Down, down, down spirals the presidential campaign. Where it stops, nobody knows. On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden suggested that Donald Trump “would have loved Stalin.” Taking in this Olympian pronouncement requires a few gulps of fresh air. Never mind: The same day, the media bubbled with suggestions, or outright assertions, that the race was […]

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Time to Choose


A political campaign is — theoretically — about comparison of policies and personalities, pending final selection, on a designated day, of this candidate or that one, in accordance with long-commended democratic procedures. The 2016 presidential race, in its current phase, more closely resembles a necktie party, with Donald Trump as the guest of honor, hands […]

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The Khan Con and Other Modern Discontents


At its quadrennial national convention, the Democratic Party aimed a sucker punch at the ample jaw of Donald Trump, and, lo, the sucker took it with full force. I speak of the Khan affair, which, at this point, hardly needs rehearsing. Its debasing effect on democratic — lowercase “d” — politics will be with us […]

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The ‘Smart’ Party and the ‘Dumb’ Party


I guess I’m a — how you spell that there word? “Kon-serve-a-tive.” That’s with a “K,” right? Meaning I didn’t do no college and I like to monkey with cars. And I don’t trust them Ivy League folks with all them degrees. And might — you won’t tell nobody, will you, Mister? ’Cause them edjy-cated […]

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Republicans: It Is What It Is


Did Shakespeare say it first? Or the preacher of Ecclesiastes? Damon Runyon, even? My brother-in-law? Whatever the case, “It is what it is.” The Republican Party is poised to nominate for president of the United States a candidate with a nearly unexampled capacity for dis-uniting the party, not to mention the very voters who must […]

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