William Murchison

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

How Come Roy Moore Didn’t Know Any Better?

 

We were going to have this conversation one of these days — if you consider a barrage of claims, assertions, denials, and calls for resignation a conversation. However, I digress. We were going to find ourselves tied in knots eventually over matters plucked from a traditional moral matrix and handed over for consideration to you […]

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Moral Reconstruction, Anyone?

 

That word again — evil. A whiff of sulfur about it; no warmth, no pulse; evil as the actuating force in another mass shooting, with more of it to come, certainly, in this beat-up age of ours. Not a few have joined President Trump in using the “e” word since the Baptist church shooting in […]

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What We Don’t Need Now — Distraction

 

The insider whispering can commence. Has commenced, in fact. Indictments have that effect on the media and its Second Shoe Department. What’s likely to drop next, and where, now that Paul Manafort has drawn the baleful gaze of the special prosecutor for Russian-American connections? And, most of all, what does it mean for Donald Trump, […]

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Looks Like the Personal Really Is Political

 

“The personal is political,” an army of activists, largely female, has been saying for a couple of decades. This sad and oh-so-modern turn of events is due to the habit of dressing up once-private, once-intimate human attitudes as symbols of disaffection and rage: about which elected politicians need to do something — FAST! As you’ve […]

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No, We’re Not All the Same

 

“Liberty, equality, fraternity” was the watchword of the French revolutionaries. They’d never heard of the Boy Scouts of America (obviously), but if they had, they would be tossing their liberty caps in the air at last week’s news of the Scouts’ decision to admit girls. Ah, citoyen, a wonderful thing, no? Well, we’ll see how […]

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Exit Mr. Weinstein — Hold the Tears

 

Harvey Weinstein was just expressing his little ol’ self, right? That is what you do, even when it gets you fired, as happened to Weinstein, or suspended, as happened to Jemele Hill at ESPN, or threatened with suspension, as in Jerry Jones’ blunt warning to his Cowboys about “taking a knee.” The rule-less disorder of […]

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The President Is Right

 

Some may confess to the need for smelling salts subsequent to discovering that Donald Trump has spoken the plain, unvarnished truth about the Las Vegas massacre. The truth he spoke is one the world needs to receive with gratitude, in spite of the engrained disposition to treat Trumpian declarations as stink bombs. “It was an […]

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Offsides for the Kneel-In

 

Let’s not stress out, shall we, while endeavoring to make sense of the fuss and foolishness over mass NFL boycotting of the “Star Spangled Banner.” That would be because the fuss and foolishness themselves make no sense: save as a window for viewing the lunacies of 21st century life. Are we a nation or a […]

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The Old Ways Were Better

 

Harking back fondly to the standards of half a century go — ah, weren’t those the blithe, happy days? — won’t get you much of a hearing from today’s self-appointed arbiters of college and university Moral Questions. I don’t care. Let’s do it any way. The standards of half a century ago, concerning male-female relationships […]

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Thank You for Oppressing Us!

 

A Dallas city government push to remove visible reminders of the Confederacy (e.g., a splendid equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee) has put in my mind a constructive notion. This country needs much more than a good five-cent cigar, as was said by one of our vice presidents back before lighting up became a crime. […]

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