William Murchison

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

Judging Judge Gorsuch

 

A guide to the Gorsuch nomination uproar: If you want the federal government to exercise greater and greater power over daily life in America, with minimum backtalk from us, the people, you deplore the prospective elevation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. If, by contrast, you regard the expansion or contraction of governmental […]

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Tales From the Health Care Swamp

 

Uh… just a minute. How did we get to this point — poised either to disassemble and haul away Obamacare or spend the next two years in recriminations having to do with how the job was done? Or not done? Could these prospects have faced us under Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Polk, Lincoln, Cleveland, McKinley? Not […]

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Our Alternative Moral Universes

 

Wild times, these, in America — “students” at Middlebury College driving away a distinguished intellectual with false claims about his “racism”; fiery accusations flooding the land concerning wiretapping and collaboration with the Russian government; name-calling by the present president, directed at his predecessor. And that’s just in the last few days! On and on the […]

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Immigration and How to Think About It

 

May I quote myself? Thanks. I shall: “Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.” I have used this bon mot on various occasions since coining it for a 1987 speech. I like its accuracy, its brevity, and, not least, the sly pun. Yet as those original Americans — the English — would say, it butters […]

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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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