William Murchison

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

The Middle Way: Bringing Sense to Our Polarized Positions

 

One unremarked side effect of the uproar that goes by the name of Donald Trump is the hardening everywhere of hearts and positions. Everything’s got to be one way or another! — border wall or shutdown, impeachment or public demoralization, allies or enemies, war or peace. War: That puts on our plates, or should, the […]

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Why Not a Conservative Woman President?

 

As if the Democrats lacked causes for nail biting — the shutdown, impeachment, Rashida Tlaib’s big mouth — here comes a venerable ally, the New York Times, questioning the electability of the various women who aspire to run against Donald Trump in 2020. Could it be that none of them could beat him? “(T)here’s a […]

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Conservatives, Progressives, and the Freedom Question

 

Into my mail box the other day fell the last issue of the Weekly Standard. Not that you likely care, gentle reader, in that TWS’s diminished supply of readers, gentle or otherwise, polished off a literate conservative magazine of considerable public worth. I take up the topic anyway on account of its relevance to who we are […]

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The Angelic Message: Hang in There!

 

The religion, the faith, the belief-species owing its origin to the Babe of Bethlehem has experienced pangs and pains aplenty in the expiring year. Not necessarily in order: the mounting moral toll of revelations about clerical sexual abuse; the continued outflux of the bored or skeptical or those who just for one reason or another […]

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Baby It’s Crazy Outside

 

As Cole Porter slyly reminds us: “In olden days a glimpse of stocking/Was looked on as something shocking/Now heaven knows/Anything goes…” Well, you know: depending on the state of Puritan politics at a given moment. The Puritan habit of scolding, and gazing sourly, on others for Improper Behavior is a human constant. And not just […]

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The Coming Collision

 

With Nick Ayers’ withdrawal as prospective chief of staff to the president, the way opens for a candidate who will swear on his mother’s grave to do just one thing: namely, on the first day of the job, seize Donald Trump’s cell phone — the one on which he tweets — and throw it out […]

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A Tale of Two Presidents

 

President Trump and the First Lady’s graceful tribute to the late George H. W. Bush underscored, a little awkwardly, one reason for the tone and fragrance of all the obituary tributes we’re reading. The Trumps praised — with unimpeachable dignity — Bush’s “essential authenticity, disarming wit, and unwavering commitment to faith, family, and country,” together […]

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Eyes on the Progressives

 

Says the cartoon boxer, lying flat on the canvas, to the towering, glowering brute who put him there: “At last. I gotcha where I wantcha.” It could be like that — or maybe not, but let’s speculate a bit — for the House Republicans who hand over legislative power to the Democrats in January, following […]

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Come, Ye Thankful People

 

A “progressive” rap on “social conservatives”: All they crave is power to tell you whom to sleep with, and how, and what god (if any) to worship. This contrasts, naturally, with broad-minded types of the progressive persuasion, who don’t care what you do, morally speaking, so long as you don’t say or do anything insensitive […]

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Changes the GOP Should Love

 

I first ran into Heraclitus, a great Grecian shedder of tears, while writing in college about the fearful subject of Change. Heraclitus opined, in answer to my query about human disruptions: “The only thing permanent is change.”

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