William Murchison

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

Trump and the Media

 

We seem to have gotten into a national free-for-all over the behavior of the media — my profession for half a century. I am on the side of both sides, the pros and the cons, the booers and the booed. It is what likely comes from a half century of attempting to sort out the […]

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The Wrongheaded Uproar Over DeVos

 

The bad thing about elective politics (not the only bad thing; there’s a long list) is the philosophical and, especially, rhetorical extremes into which it squeezes differently minded folk, who, more and more frequently, find themselves saying things like: “You un-American crackpot!” “You racist neo-fascist!” “You (expletive) hater of (fill in the blank).” Which could […]

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Of Judges and Other Lawmakers

 

The structure of American government has not received such a visible going-over since, oh, perhaps 1787. I say for sure only that it is hard to remember a time that politicos and propagandists have wallowed with such abandon in discussions — yelling matches, really — about the relationships among the branches of governments, the power […]

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Two Sides to the Immigration Brouhaha

 

No one gets anywhere by trying to roll Donald Trump’s immigration order and its varied implications into a spitball for hurling hard and fast at the Other Side. That is not to split the difference, in namby-pamby fashion, between supporters of the present immigration freeze and those Americans who, like Nancy Pelosi, claim to see […]

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Turnaround Time in America

 

Like him or not — and I can argue it both ways — established constitutional processes have hoisted Donald J. Trump atop the presidential plinth, where he stands now, getting ready to run things. Insofar as anybody runs anything anymore. The latter point — the semi-chaotic nature of 21st century social and political life — […]

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Politics and Other Basic Irrelevancies

 

A new presidency looms — U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia notwithstanding. (Question: Was Lewis, in denying, in heralded fashion, the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, applying for a thank-you note from Trump Tower? Was he startled not to get one?) A new presidency brings new faces, new ideas, new events, new crises. […]

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Bumpy Term Ahead

 

The thing is, we’ve got two presidencies going on right now. Thank heaven, that bilious, contentious state of affairs is destined to end Jan. 20, with the departure of one chief executive from the people’s house and the entry of another, in the fashion to which democratic use has accustomed us. Ah, but in the […]

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Democracy and Mr. Trump

 

The Wall Street Journal reported the other day that numerous early and all-seeing promoters of the 401(k) account acknowledge — sigh — they got it wrong. 401(k)’s didn’t result in all the saving that was foretold; in fact, their emergence encouraged employers to scrap their pensions. But let’s get to the real point, which isn’t […]

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Two Kinds of Power

 

If we could just, at last, finally get the right government in! Then we’ll get things fixed. What kind of things? All kinds of things: so that they can be — it always seems to work this way — un-fixed by the next succession of leaders, with their own notions as to how things should […]

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The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!!!

 

It’s time, if you please, just to get on with the Trump administration. Part the curtains and let’s see what happens, as possibly contrasted with the awfulness said to lie in wait for the world: government by military officers; environmental degradation; the bullyragging of American corporations; not least, the referral of U.S. foreign policy aims […]

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