William Murchison

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

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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Calling George Mason

 

What we can all say with resonant voice and unflinching confidence about the Nov. 6 elections is that… is that… that most things aren’t going to be very different on or after Nov. 6 with respect to life and social morale and public policy, for the very good reason that modern Americans can’t decide what […]

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War on the Jews — Again

 

So: once more the Jews — targets of unreasoning hatred. “Unreasoning,” in that the irrationality, like the barbarity, of attacking the Jews should be patent to anyone with half a brain cell switched on. The Jews’ contributions to civilization and civility are of the highest order, taking into account — or not, whichever you like […]

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The Caravan Moves On

 

“We are going to reach the United States,” declares one Erasmo Duarte, as he and a couple of thousand would-be Americanos hike northward through Mexico toward the Promised Land. With scant appreciation, I’m afraid, as to the non-welcome in store for them at the Rio Grande border and points west. The marchers say they’re coming. Donald […]

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Cruz’in Toward Victory

 

There are tides in the affairs of men, we are reliably assured, which, taken at the flood, lead on to fortune. Does that mean Texans may expect the ascent of Rep. Beto O’Rourke to the U.S. Senate, on a flood of antagonism toward Donald Trump? Hanged if I see any such prospect cresting out there […]

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Of Moral Messes — and Traps

 

As for shaping the Brett Kavanaugh hash into a nutritious helping of moral meaning, I can suggest better ways of wasting your time — for instance, counting blades of grass in the backyard. As a partisan in this wretched affair, you’ll get no intellectual satisfaction from shouting at partisans of the opposite persuasion: a “Shaddupyoumiserablejerk!” […]

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Moving the Goal Posts

 

The point to bear in mind is that the Democrats are out to defeat the Kavanaugh nomination by any means. Fair they’ve tried, in a constitutional way — hearings, speeches, statements, votes. Foul is what they currently have in mind: vilification and ruinous delay furthered by the moving of goal posts. The goal post placement, […]

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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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