William Murchison

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


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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Matters of Right and Wrong


Dallas So, to get the country past this awful moment, we need: Gun control? A presidential speech? An end to political posturing? A blue-ribbon commission? Hugs? Or maybe we need something more. What about a concentrated effort to reconstruct the moral understandings formerly embedded in our ways and institutions, orphaned by the personal entitlement culture […]

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Of Emails and Clintons


The thing is, this Hillary Clinton indictment thing — which isn’t going to end in indictment after all — isn’t going away. A — um — lady who appears to lack any other interest besides becoming the first woman president will go on embarrassing herself and her country even if she wins in November (which […]

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As in Britain, So Over Here


The president of the Texas Nationalist Movement, picking up on the precedent set by British voters, desires that the Southwestern empire where I make my home hold its own vote on seceding from the top-heavy politburo that seems to run America. Good luck on persuading the U.S. Army to march away from Fort Hood on […]

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Time to Read the Labels — More Socialism?


And they’re off and running! Duh-duh-dump-duh-duh-dump… and so on: The presidential horse race so beloved by media types. Who’s ahead? Who’s behind? What do the polls say? Which polls? Hey — Donald Trump fired his campaign manager! How will the gun control debate affect things? None of which is irrelevant to general concerns, but very […]

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Trump Trumps on Orlando


And suddenly, with a click — a trigger click, the first of who knows how many at the Pulse club — the election campaign turned. And anyone worrying about Trumpian bankruptcies and buccaneering found himself isolated from the mainstream of discussion: To wit, how did it come to this, that yet another Muslim extremist could, […]

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Baylor and Government Moral Intervention


“Declare your interest” is the conventional British instruction to writers writing on subjects close to their hearts. So: I taught at Baylor University for five years as a Radford distinguished professor of journalism. Loved the place. Loved the people. Still do. What a mess down there now, yes, with the president and head football coach […]

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Here Come the Libertarians


“Welcome to the party!” is about all one can say to the Libertarian Party slate — former GOP Govs. Gary Johnson of New Mexico and Bill Weld of Massachusetts — vying for the presidency. Fix the boys a triple martini with a beer chaser. Everybody’s a little nutty around here. The Libertarians, whose public face […]

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Smoking Out Clinton


Performing an essential public service. The big difference between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is that no one — Trump included, most likely — knows what a Trump presidency would look like. Everyone appears to know what a Clinton presidency would look like. Enter the pollsters, with the news that Trump actually leads Clinton in […]

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