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 That Phone Call

 

When President Jimmy Carter, in 1978, said he was ending diplomatic relations with the Nationalist Chinese government in Taiwan, the Dallas Morning News, a journal widely admired at the time for its robustly conservative viewpoint, called the administration’s action “shameful.” I should know. I wrote the editorial. Why choose the word “shameful?” For a very […]

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Time to Get On With It

 

True, Reince Priebus needs to sabotage The Boss’s Twitter access so as to head off random rants about stolen votes by the millions and zillions. Likewise Kellyanne Conway needs to consider whether the job of presidential advisor embraces lobbying the president in front of a TV audience over whom to name or not name as […]

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Behold the God Gap

 

God (lucky Him!) doesn’t vote. Not that this indisposition makes Him a mere spectator in our electoral processes — or their aftermaths. If you go to church regularly, the Pew Research Center says, you are likelier than not to have voted for Donald Trump. If you hardly ever darken a church door, you are still […]

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Let ’Em Rant, Let ’Em Cavort!

 

Oh, what a great moment for America! I see I’d better clarify. I mean that expression of rapture, not in terms of what Donald Trump may do to or for America, inasmuch as we can’t be sure yet what he’s capable of doing, one way or another. The majesty of the moment consists in the […]

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Beyond November 8

 

The safe thing to say on an Election Day is that whoever wins, the sun will come up next day. Which it will — on the way to rising on another Election Day, such is our present habit of living and dying by elections. The just concluded campaign should suggest to us why such a […]

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Oh, What a Year!

 

“Argh!” I think that’s a reasonable, however inelegant, take on this fall’s electoral fun — whose elements I suppose I need not summarize. We shake our heads in bewilderment. It’s come to this, really? The brains of the Founding Fathers and the blood and toil of those who followed them — reduced to this moment, […]

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Hillary Clinton and the High Court

 

The worst thing about Supreme Court anxiety in the upcoming election is that Supreme Court anxiety should figure in the upcoming election at all; that it should figure hugely, heatedly — arsenic inserted into a political casserole noxious enough on its own terms. Our national government’s judicial branch matters in a way it shouldn’t. The […]

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The Nastiness of the Clinton Campaign

 

Memo to Hillary Clinton: Yessum, you may win this thing. I wouldn’t fall over in a state of cardiac arrest should that happen, given what the polls are saying. This, though history instructs mortals to be very, very careful when it comes to predicting lead-pipe cinches. But say you’re right. I mention merely that you […]

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When Things Fall Apart

 

What with writers and speakers everywhere quoting William Butler Yeats’ poetic appraisal of modern times, as I read recently, maybe we can better appreciate House Speaker Paul Ryan’s present dilemma and resolve to leave the guy alone. He is a good man doing the best he can in bad — no, awful — times, despite […]

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The Horsewhipping of Donald Trump

 

To call the massive media obsessed — eyes roaming crazily in all directions, mouths afoam with horror — would be an understatement. They fear that the sovereign voters, in their obvious dimwittedness, could put Donald Trump in the White House. And so the words of abuse tumble forth. The New York Times is unable to […]

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