William Murchison

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

Mob Rule and the Anti-Kavanaugh Movement


I think Dr. Ford is blowing smoke and, further, that Judge Kavanaugh is the moral superior of thousands who discount his word and declare him unfit for the Supreme Court. But what do I know? What does Sen. Hirono, for that matter, know in spite of all her multiple testimonies to Dr. Ford’s truthfulness? It’s […]

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Dirty, Dirty Dirt


“Dirt is dirtier than clean is clean,” observes one of John O’Hara’s characters — a history prof, I think — remarking on the observed partiality of the human race for darkness and grime in their news diet, over sweetness and light. Note the uproar over Brett Kavanaugh’s behavior — nice or nasty — at a […]

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Where Did All the Unity Go?


The annual approach of 9/11/01 brought memories, news recaps, and best of all, in some ways, speculation. As in, what’s the matter with Americans today? Where’s now the national unity that marked the aftermath of the attacks; the U.S. flags that decorated pickups and sedans; the spirit of we’re-all-in-this-together? Umm, yes. Where, in fact, had […]

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Kavanaugh and His Enemies


What’s the point, really? Beyond political theater, that is. The Kavanaugh smearing — I mean, for political science purposes, hearing — has naught to do with Senate inquiry into the fitness of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for service on the nation’s highest court. The death of Sen. John McCain, rest his valiant soul, provides Republicans the […]

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Death of a Patriot


John McCain’s exit from life and politics has commentators of all sorts falling into interpretive contortions. “I opposed him, but…” “I liked him in spite of…” It was McCain’s gift, springing from personality and life experiences, to antagonize and enrapture, to confound and excite, often at the very same moment. He was neither wholly one […]

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The My Way Gospel Strikes Again


The Pennsylvania horrors go hand in hand. First, the grand jury report; the accounts of abuse, humiliation, and degradation visited on young people, then hidden from view as far as possible — made to seem just, oh you know, sort of digestible with a little effort and a lot of pretense. The identity of the […]

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Of Guilt and the Late Confederacy


Anti-Confederate liberals (of various races) can’t get over the fact that pro-common-sense liberals, moderates, and conservatives (of various races) can’t go over the fact that rhetorical agitation over race has led us down a blind alley. The supposed “nationalist” rally in Washington, D.C. last weekend was more an embarrassment to its promoters than it was […]

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Beto and Ted, and the Feel of Battle Fatigue


I’d bet a million bucks U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won’t lose his reelection bid at the hands of the gangly, boyish-looking Democratic congressman Robert Francis O’Rourke of El Paso. Still… Some weeks ago, I started noticing, in my bright red — I had supposed — neighborhood, small yard signs reading “Beto for Senate.” […]

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Political Détente? Not Likely


From Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, via a column in the Wall Street Journal, comes a call for “détente in partisan hostilities” of the sort that disfigure our politics: the ongoing ya-ya-ya-you-lousy-#@#@$@! that we have come, sadly but inevitably, to associate with national governance. It seems obvious Americans no longer like or trust each […]

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The Socialist Surge That’s Not Coming


One of the really cool things about democracy is that voters tend to get what they want — which, um, can turn out to be one of the really uncool things about democracy. A thing of real terror, if you want the truth. I tiptoe past the presidential election of 2016 on my way to […]

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