William Murchison from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 20 Nov 2018 07:56:15 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss William Murchison from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/william-murchison-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison 87167d5222b95e17ce421d9ca20b087b Changes the GOP Should Love for 11/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/11/18/changes-the-gop-should-love Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I first ran into Heracliltus, 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, "There is nothing permanent except change."</p> <p>I can't say much has changed &#8212; as it were &#8212; in that department over the last 2,500 years. In the great Preston Sturges movie "The Palm Beach Story," we overhear Mary Astor telling Rudy Vallee, "Nothing is permanent in this world &#8212; except for Roosevelt." <p>Updated: Tue Nov 13, 2018</p> 26d6de6ac347b71a9c84efd70252217b Calling George Mason for 11/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/11/18/calling-george-mason Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>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 they want in terms of life and social morale and public policy. </p> <p>The state of both parties seems to me proof of this outrageous proposition. We're split: if not precisely down the middle, as some polls indicate, at least into portions equivalent in size. The Democrats think the government should direct or run most enterprises. The Republicans want less government bossing-around, more personal choice &#8212; until, that is, it comes to moral and religious matters. Here, the Democrats want more choice, the Republicans less. We don't fit together terribly well. We generally can't even talk to each other.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 06, 2018</p> 108a51ab7848e734dda43115cf3e7d5c War on the Jews -- Again for 10/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/18/war-on-the-jews-again Tue, 30 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Once more, the Jews are targets of unreasoning hatred.</p> <p>It's "unreasoning" in that the irrationality, like the barbarity, of attacking the Jews should be patent to anyone with half a brain cell switched on.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 30, 2018</p> da3ffa99be50f51882b5e793f1e2241b The Caravan Moves On for 10/22/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/18/the-caravan-moves-on Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"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 &#8212; with scant appreciation, I'm afraid, for the non-welcome in store for them at the Rio Grande border and points west. </p> <p>The marchers say they're coming. Donald Trump says they ain't. That pretty much settles things to Trump's advantage, without settling the vexed issue of cross-border access in an age unsure how much nationalism in human affairs is just the right amount of nationalism.<p>Updated: Mon Oct 22, 2018</p> f87eebf733beaf5cee1120421f501c56 Cruz'in Toward Victory for 10/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/18/cruzin-toward-victory Tue, 16 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>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? </p> <p>Hanged if I see any such prospect cresting out there in the political sea. I say so in spite of all the cash supposedly deluging O'Rourke's campaign organization.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 16, 2018</p> b6eb1a1ff4ae09930ddef62e9f9eaf30 Of Moral Messes -- and Traps for 10/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/18/of-moral-messes-and-traps Tue, 09 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As for shaping the Brett Kavanaugh hash into a nutritious helping of moral meaning, I can suggest better ways of wasting your time &#8212; for instance, counting blades of grass in the backyard.</p> <p>As a partisan in this wretched affair, you'll get no intellectual satisfaction from shouting at partisans of the opposite persuasion: a "Shaddupyoumiserablejerk!" kind of outcome, each syllable a fully armed missile, encountering a blaze of return fire. You're talking to the back of each other's heads: "Did!" "Didn't!" "Will!" "Won't!" "Should've!" "Shouldn't've!" Nothing can be expected from such an exchange save remorse and stupefaction.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 09, 2018</p> e6203a119ff142df18eb3fa03f5dd1a9 Moving the Goal Posts for 10/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/18/moving-the-goal-posts-ef332 Tue, 02 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The point to bear in mind is that the Democrats are out to defeat Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination by any means.</p> <p>Fair they've tried, in a constitutional way &#8212; hearings, speeches, statements, votes. Foul is what they currently have in mind: vilification and ruinous delay furthered by the moving of goal posts.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 02, 2018</p> 0726c9fe91eaf58be5efbeb547c70c3d Mob Rule for 09/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/18/mob-rule Tue, 25 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I think Dr. Christine Ford is blowing smoke and, further, that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the moral superior of thousands who discount his word and declare him unfit for the Supreme Court.</p> <p>But what do I know? What does Sen. Mazie Hirono, for that matter, know in spite of all her multiple testimonies to Ford's truthfulness? It's not a case of what we see with actual eyeballs. It's a case of what our innards tell us. This makes the battle over the Kavanaugh nomination to the court so potentially catastrophic &#8212; not to mention ironic, coming as it does at a moment of growing collective horror over the lynch-mob murders of black Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It's OK to revile mobs with nooses &#8212; mobs with microphones and Twitter accounts, not so much.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 25, 2018</p> 3a142e5d1666c3285ea383543d1a5964 Dirty, Dirty Dirt for 09/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/18/dirty-dirty-dirt Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Dirt is dirtier than clean is clean," observes one of John O'Hara's characters &#8212; a history professor, I think &#8212; remarking on the human race's observed partiality for darkness and grime in their news diet, rather than sweetness and light.</p> <p>Note the uproar over Brett Kavanaugh's behavior &#8212; nice or nasty &#8212; at a high school party he attended at age 17, during the early years of the Reagan administration and before cellphone cameras. The invitation to a good grime festival comes from Democrats, the national media and even Republicans like Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. Who are we to refuse? We like our dirt where we can find it. It's what Democrats seem to count on to sink a Supreme Court nomination.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 18, 2018</p> 1e12e5438b9f6a6f81fb69eb6441fe45 Where Did All the Unity Go? for 09/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/18/where-did-all-the-unity-go Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The annual approach of 9/11 brought memories, news recaps and, best of all, in some ways, speculation &#8212; 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?</p> <p>Umm, yes. Where, in fact, had that unity gone by the time the so-called victory over Iraq had sucked Americans into a guerrilla war and America's commander in chief was being castigated right and left?<p>Updated: Tue Sep 11, 2018</p> ac33191bdf10ab92dad01b6f723716f9 Kavanaugh and His Enemies for 09/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/18/kavanaugh-and-his-enemies Tue, 04 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What's the point, really? Beyond political theater, that is. </p> <p>The Kavanaugh smearing &#8212; I mean hearing &#8212; has naught to do with Senate inquiry into the fitness of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for service on the nation's highest court. </p> <p>The death of Sen. John McCain, rest his valiant soul, provides Republicans the security blanket his absence for health reasons might have denied them, given the partisan lineup: 50 Republicans, 49 Democrats.<p>Updated: Thu Sep 06, 2018</p> 0b8bfbc821dfbd8cadb7efea4550e5e4 Death of a Patriot for 08/27/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/18/death-of-a-patriot Mon, 27 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>John McCain's exit from life and politics has commentators of all sorts falling into interpretive contortions.</p> <p>"I opposed him, but..."<p>Updated: Mon Aug 27, 2018</p> 074b4dcd11597d262903a73ff376cda5 The Pennsylvania Horrors for 08/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/18/the-pennsylvania-horrors Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>First, the grand jury report: The accounts of abuse, humiliation and degradation on young people. And then everything hidden from view as far as possible &#8212; made to seem just, oh, you know, sort of digestible with a little effort and a lot of pretense. </p> <p>The identity of the offenders is the second horror: priests who betrayed God and their sacred vocation. Injuring the innocent; spoiling their lives and prospects; eating up in single gulps the accumulated trust of those who, whether abused personally or not, have regarded priests and their requests as God-centered. All this... why? For personal gratification, it would seem. For joy and for excitement, maybe. <span class="column--highlighted-text"> For the thrill, possibly, of committing moral treason and getting away with it.</span><p>Updated: Tue Aug 21, 2018</p> 540ec8653a557e4d75ededcf1db3d5ca Of Guilt and the Late Confederacy for 08/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/18/of-guilt-and-the-late-confederacy Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Anti-Confederate liberals (of various races) can't get over the fact that pro-common-sense liberals, moderates and conservatives (of various races) can't go over the fact that rhetorical agitation over race has led us down a blind alley.</p> <p>The supposed "nationalist" rally in Washington, D.C., last weekend was more an embarrassment to its promoters than it was anything else significant. No one showed up but cops, journalists and anti-nationalist protesters. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 14, 2018</p> 49c70e31d39542e8d9097dcaea616d94 Beto and Ted: The Feel of Battle Fatigue for 08/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/18/beto-and-ted-the-feel-of-battle-fatigue Tue, 07 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'd bet a million bucks U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won't lose his reelection bid at the hands of the gangly, boyish-looking Democratic congressman Robert Francis O'Rourke of El Paso.</p> <p>Still... <p>Updated: Tue Aug 07, 2018</p> 9db79ed4dfed50ac80649fd4ab37e771 Political Detente? Not Likely for 07/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/18/political-detente-not-likely Tue, 31 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>From Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, via a column in The Wall Street Journal, comes a call for "detente in partisan hostilities" of the sort that disfigure our politics: the ongoing "yeah, yeah, yeah, you lousy (obscenity)" style of discourse that we have come, sadly but inevitably, to associate with national governance. It seems obvious Americans no longer like or trust each other &#8212; and can't resist saying so without spitting. </p> <p>"America's culture war has reached a tipping point," writes Hatch, president pro tempore of the chamber to which he was first elected in 1976. "Something must change before anger succumbs to violence."<p>Updated: Tue Jul 31, 2018</p> 61b8a21cf0222eb73ebd15052eadcdf5 The Socialist Surge That's Not Coming for 07/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/18/the-socialist-surge-thats-not-coming Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>One of the really cool things about democracy is that voters tend to get what they want &#8212; which, um, can also turn out to be one of the really uncool things about democracy. A thing of real terror, if you want the truth. </p> <p>I tiptoe past the presidential election of 2016 on my way to look at the democratic socialist surge that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez helped produce, supposedly, with her surprise primary victory in June over U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley of Queens and the Bronx. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 24, 2018</p> f3d593d84afa7f86c57c6e2d248b6d87 Anti-Semitism Creeps Back for 07/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/18/anti-semitism-creeps-back Tue, 17 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>And what to my wondering eyes should appear, at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this month, but a heap of painful evidence that the foreign policy of the United States isn't in disarray solely because of Donald Trump. </p> <p>An insubstantial number of Americans seem capable these days &#8212; in contrast with the Cold War era &#8212; of figuring out for long who the good guys are and aren't. It used to be so easy. The commies were bad. Then we beat the commies, and... and...<p>Updated: Tue Jul 17, 2018</p> 39c37c8c076b91e0e31e81ded06a8252 Hurray for Justice-to-be Kavanaugh for 07/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/18/hurray-for-justice-to-be-kavanaugh Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Into the slough, the swamp, the quagmire called 21st-century American life walks the prospective Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh: Lord help him, even while helping 21st-century America get its act together. Maybe. You can hope.</p> <p>However...<p>Updated: Tue Jul 10, 2018</p> 18939521710a32cef72a48e825c790a7 Roe v. Wade and the Confusion of Sen. Collins for 07/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/18/roe-v-wade-and-the-confusion-of-sen-collins Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Neat! We know what the Supreme Court debate is all about &#8212; the debate, that is to say, over who shall take retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat.</p> <p>The debate is about abortion. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 03, 2018</p>