William Murchison

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

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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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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