William Murchison

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

Us and Those Bushes

 

I am not here today comparing “The Bushes” to any other political tribe or family extant or extinguished! That needs fully to be understood before I open my mouth wider. The highly publicized death and burial of the family’s matriarch puts in my mind, and I hope the minds of others, a matter little remarked […]

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Paul Ryan and Freedom

 

Amid the political hoo-hah now engulfing us — special prosecutors, tell-all memoirs, calls for impeachment, Lord knows what else — the opportunity to salute Paul Ryan has a cleansing effect: like heavy-duty detergent following a food fight. The opportunity arises on account of Ryan’s understandable but saddening decision to take cold-turkey political status. He retires […]

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Mr. Zuckerberg Goes to Washington

 

Mark Zuckerberg straightens out Congress this week on Communications in the Modern Era — or Congress straightens out Mark Zuckerberg. Or maybe both. Or maybe it doesn’t matter. Or matters barely. The point on which to keep the eye is the revolutionary context wherein Facebook, using previously unimaginable technology, operates to the benefit or detriment […]

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The Joke’s On Us

 

I did mention Elvis once in a column, and in the ’90s I pointed to one Donald Trump as the TV star you’d least likely want sitting next to you at a dinner party. And yet the likelihood, back then, of ever mentioning Roseanne Barr — it just didn’t compute; except that these days… I […]

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Might Makes Might

 

A door creaks — metaphorically, of course — and a metaphorical breeze slinks into the room. American foreign policy is beginning to change; possibly renewing itself after an unprepossessing time of small-beer actions interspersed with grand apologies for past actions. As always in the World of Donald Trump, grand predictions dangle dangerously, awaiting refutation. That’s […]

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Little Ado Over Much

 

On a single weekend in mid-March, the dictator of Russia was reaffirmed in his official estate with 76.77 percent of the vote — after an election characterized by international observers as “overly controlled” — and the dictator of China was awarded a lifetime lease on power by 2,970 votes in the National People’s Congress, with […]

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Language and Anarchy: Chuck Todd Has a Point

 

“Ya, ya, ya — you prude!” I see it coming my way. Who cares? “Ya, ya, ya,” right back at you, buster. Preliminaries out of the way, let’s get down to cases. No journalistic highdome of the Mencken variety is Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd. Yet he makes a point I am sorry to say […]

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Heroism in a Dark Theater

 

The explicable story of Dunkirk lost the Best Picture award to the wholly inexplicable tale of how an underwater critter and a mute janitor fell in love. Which shows you the inexplicable dimensions of the world the movie industry imagines itself as inhabiting these days. Never mind, inasmuch as Winston Churchill showed up also, both […]

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Rest in Peace, Billy Graham

 

The rap on Billy Graham — and it wasn’t much of one, given the essential sweetness, you might say holiness, of his character — was that he hung around politicians, and especially presidents, too much: to the point of joining the power elite and dissipating his witness. A certain kind of modern Christian seems to […]

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Against Gun Control: The ‘I-Want-To’ Factor

 

So, in response to the Parkland, Florida shootings, the government, federal or state, strongly tightens control of firearms. And then…? No more shootings? No more Nikolas Cruzes and such like, taking out their personal malice on the innocent and unwary? I speak as a lifelong non-gun owner when I say we ought not count on […]

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