William Murchison

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

The Impeachment Delusion


Several things are amiss with the impeachment machine that’s starting to shake and smoke as progressives put their hands to the crank. The first thing is the calendar date. Donald Trump has been president since January 20. That makes his regime — which does have the aura of a regime — four months old. Roman […]

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What’s All the Fuss About Comey?


Let us concede that President Trump talks too much. And, maybe especially, tweets too much. Let us concede the complexity of his explanation(s) for firing FBI Director James Comey — bad job, always meant to, relied on the deputy attorney general’s observations, etc., in whatever order you want to consider such rationales. Let us concede […]

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The Tyranny of Non-Thought


The sullen self-righteousness of the progressive left — $#&*%!, we’re right, and the rest of you can go to the hot place — glows on college campuses everywhere but also in big cities. Such as my beloved New Orleans, come to think of it: a locality embroiled in useless controversy over the removal of four […]

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Of Baseball Bats and Tax Reform


The coming fight over tax reform highlights distinct and, seemingly, irreconcilable views of government. We might want to reflect on them as the major players ready the armament — brass knucks, baseball bats, Fox News and New York Times commentaries. The two warring views: Government knows more than you do. On many topics, you know […]

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‘Science’ Know-It-Alls on the March


The multiple thousands who marched throughout America and the world last weekend hoped to whip up support for “Science.” Well. I’m sold. And what next? Do more than a handful doubt the indispensability of Science to the human condition? Science’s God-given nature may in these secularizing times meet with less affirmation than in the old […]

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Life Without Norms


What you end up with when the moral barriers topple is, not least, the end of due process at American colleges and universities. It’s a dreadful prospect you likely wouldn’t imagine without having scanned some of the stories on the rape crisis said to be spreading across American campuses. Supposedly, college women are at immense […]

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Rod Dreher’s Rx for Christians


Pretty much everybody who reads The Benedict Option, Rod Dreher’s Rx for Christians flailed and battered by modernity, walks away with a tenacious opinion about the book — ranging from “Praise the Lord” to “What’s this guy talking about?”

I see this a high compliment to the accomplished Dreher, blogger and editor for the American Conservative magazine, who has the gift of disgorging well-reasoned sentences and paragraphs faster than many of us can articulate a Starbucks order.

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An Indispensable Nation After All


We start to see again why Madeleine Albright, when she was Secretary of State, called America “the indispensable nation.” It was because back then, and before — a long time before; say, from 1941 forward — we were just that: indispensable in terms of power and intentions of the generally beneficent sort. How indispensable we […]

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What? Expect Democratic Senators to Act Like Adults?


An uncomplimentary picture takes shape in the mind: the Senate’s Democratic minority (save for a higher-minded handful) standing in a row, thumbs affixed to noses, fingers waving provocatively in the air, mouths emitting a rude sound commonly known as “The Raspberry.” Think we’re going to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court?! Think we’re going […]

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Health Care and We, The People


The Obamacare debacle — we might as well call it by its right name — underscores an abiding truth about democratic politics; to wit, politicians rarely get anything important done. Theirs, save on rare occasions, is the wrong forum for doing important things. In politics you work with open minds and closed minds and reprobates […]

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