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 Sat, 12 Jun 2021 13:04:22 -0700 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 1d489811ce922731e8327a7dbfc10b5d The Torah Versus the Left for 12/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/12/20/the-torah-versus-the-left-f3f40 Tue, 08 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Attention readers: William Murchison is off this week. Please enjoy this column by Dennis Prager.</p> <p>Question: What book is the opposite of the left?</p> <p>Answer: the Torah.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 08, 2020</p> 6020a9d9560e2963d175cb7b3c44f1b6 With Liberty and Justice for All for 12/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/11/20/with-liberty-and-justice-for-all-64971 Tue, 01 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>" I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."</p> <p>Barry Morris Goldwater, may God rest his freedom-loving soul, spoke the celebrated words in accepting the Republican nomination for president in 1964. But the author of the phrase was a brilliant political scientist named Harry V. Jaffa, whose death, at 96, put the obituarists instantly in mind of a rhetorical flight from which Goldwater supposedly never recovered.<p>Updated: Tue Dec 01, 2020</p> e142b98e44f6e4a298263121b86d9388 The Bad and the Good for 11/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/11/20/the-bad-and-the-good Tue, 24 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>And on ... and on ...</p> <p>... And, yes! One fine day, as with the Noah family's detention on the ark, the damndemic will cease, desist, vanish, take a powder. Masks will disappear in the trash can. Americans will pass days and weeks without a virus-inspired reflection on medical experts or D. J. Trump.</p> <p>This is the good part. There is a bad part. It pains and saddens, in that thousands upon thousands who ought to be sharing just now in daily life here at Thanksgiving time cannot. They are dead. It is a consideration that outranks, "Oh I haven't seen my grandkids for months" (true in the present writer's case) or, "I can't sit down in my favorite restaurant anymore" or even, "Think of all the jobs and livelihoods we've lost in America."<p>Updated: Tue Nov 24, 2020</p> 776288e370abe35ba0600991f4d4eba2 On Liberty and Thanksgiving for 11/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/11/20/on-liberty-and-thanksgiving-31eb4 Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The first Christmas tree on our block popped up the day after Halloween. Soon enough, garlands of white lights began to adorn neighborhood trees and doorways. It's Christmas &#8212; except that it's not. From what I can see, Thanksgiving has yet to be acknowledged, much less observed.</p> <p>I have no particular observations to make concerning our new habit of compressing all our October-December commemorations into "The Holiday Season." I'll remark only on the eclipse of Thanksgiving, which could be due to a number of factors. Perhaps it's the lack of compelling decorating themes, as contrasted with Halloween and Christmas. Another cause might be growing disdain for the Pilgrim Fathers, who were racist and sexist (by 2020 standards). Oh &#8212; and there were those guns they carried around on their shoulders for the sake of slaughtering helpless animals! What kind of an example would they be to socially concerned modern people? </p> <p>Another explanation for Thanksgiving neglect could be the feeling there's less and less for which to be thankful. An older America has disappeared, and, on right and left alike, emerges the general grouchiness of the times. And I might add that presidential campaign rhetoric doesn't help a bit.<p>Updated: Tue Nov 17, 2020</p> e0ac52b5e2cc84438dde04d627325cdf Equality Babble for 11/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/11/20/equality-babble-12935 Tue, 10 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."</p> <p>Or do we? </p> <p>At the end of a long, bitter political year, shall we take a look?<p>Updated: Tue Nov 10, 2020</p> 0d5517eec8773845deaea6031e2dfb83 Journey's End for 11/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/11/20/journeys-end Tue, 03 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>I have tried to think of something appropriate to say upon the end of this endeavor at saving Western civilization through journalism. </p> <p>Western civilization remains unsaved. That is the first thought that comes to mind. What could I have been thinking anyway? A second thought is that in my failure I have had just a whole lot of fun. That was not the original mission. When you brandish a gleaming sword over typewriter keys &#8212; I do not know whether that image works or not, and ,frankly, I don't care at this stage &#8212; you are mentally fixed on higher things than fun. <p>Updated: Tue Nov 03, 2020</p> edd23fd09fad38e74813dac308ded31e The Miracle of ... Freedom for 10/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/20/the-miracle-of-freedom Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The phoniness of big-government politics was on conspicuous display during the final presidential debate. Note the adjective "big-government." Not Democratic politics, not Republican politics. <i>Big-government</i> politics, representing the pleasant myth that politicians at the top of the greasy pole have the wisdom to lead our country, or any other country, out of perplexity into joy.</p> <p>The presidential debate featured much back-and-forth over a wide range of public concerns. Bear with me while I focus on just one of them &#8212; energy.</p> <p>If we did not actually watch the moment, we read about it. Joe Biden is asked (by the president), "Would you close down the oil industry?" Biden replies, "I have a transition from the old industry. Yes." The prez: "Oh, that's a big statement." Biden: "It is a big statement ... because it has to be replaced by renewable energy over time. Over time."<p>Updated: Tue Oct 27, 2020</p> 4aa671993ec87f329c5434110a05f16d The Oldest Temptation in the Book for 10/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/20/the-oldest-temptation-in-the-book Tue, 20 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Back to where we left off the other day: democracy's varied discontents staring us straight in our blurred and reddening eyes, obscuring once-familiar loyalties and understandings.</p> <p>Modern democracy as a bloodier and bloodier power struggle, our self-chosen political classes' refusal to recognize reality as a barrier to the achievement of new and fancy ideals &#8212; such are the reminders that you and I, my brothers and sisters, must be mighty careful in our political choices. We can always make things worse than they are, and how they are isn't great.</p> <p>Under a Chinese-style dictator, say, the act of choosing with integrity and wisdom offers no difficulties. Just cast your vote (if allowed), and wait for the leadership to decide whether you did it right. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 20, 2020</p> 6a1f76fa40d25aa17bd54a63d25f3ddf Some Belated Encounters With Reality for 10/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/20/some-belated-encounters-with-reality Tue, 13 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>With Joe Biden poised &#8212; so say the augurers &#8212; to oust Donald Trump from the White House, we might want to entertain some considerations larger than polls and absentee-ballot counts. Considerations such as the normal detritus of elections.</p> <p>Some preliminary general thoughts follow. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 13, 2020</p> c14afe4cddc6d64441fca62bbaa4afcb The Return of Court Packing for 10/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/10/20/the-return-of-court-packing Tue, 06 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>History! Don't we know by this stage in the Damn-demic Era that history is what you make up to push a point you want everybody else to take up? The New York Times' rancid "1619 Project" comes sorrowfully to mind.</p> <p>So, if we hate the prospect of ramming through, as part of the Democratic agenda, a proposal to pack the Supreme Court with Democratic yes-persons &#8212; well, "C'mon, man," as Joe Biden would so elegantly put it &#8212; don't look back to the last time the Democrats threw this obscene gesture our way. And fell on their populist posteriors. Or however Franklin Roosevelt would have described his fellow party members' sitting apparatus.<p>Updated: Tue Oct 06, 2020</p> 27196604e0cafc6ada066713d1705756 A Strong Christian for the High Court for 09/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/20/a-strong-christian-for-the-high-court Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>What else could go wrong in America? </p> <p>You will note I am not bothering, pedantically, with citing current examples, there being enough of those as it is, spread starkly across the public record. </p> <p>What else could go wrong in America? I suggest the possibility of more or less successful attempts to smear the reputation and character of a nominee for U.S. Supreme Court on the basis of her religious faith.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 29, 2020</p> 1a022276e0ceb176985b28bffbbc68f9 Notorious Views of the Notorious RBG for 09/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/20/notorious-views-of-the-notorious-rbg Tue, 22 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>If Ken Starr, in The Wall Street Journal, praises his late friend Ruth Bader Ginsburg as humane, conscientious and just plain nice, that's good enough for me. We can talk later about who's going to take her Supreme Court seat and when.</p> <p>I am minded, in the meantime, to remember her less as a constitutional bulldozer and more as a jurist cognizant of considerations &#8212;tact and caution, chiefly &#8212; that bolster a democratic republic's survival chances. </p> <p>Down to cases. Roe v. Wade, the 7-2 decision whereby the court turned abortion into a pregnant woman's personal right. A right Ginsburg supported &#8212; only not the way it came to us as a nation, hesitant to declare its unborn just blobs in the womb, pesky little critters who, once fully formed, emerge to demand food, lodging and a college education. She wasn't on the court when Roe came down, 48 years ago next January. She didn't like the court's approach to the job at hand, nonetheless. Here's what she said in a 1993 speech at New York University School of Law:<p>Updated: Tue Sep 22, 2020</p> b45821548d2fe1ca6c5b4875c31b9365 Cooling Off on Protest for 09/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/20/cooling-off-on-protest Tue, 15 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>We live in the age of assertion. Nothing requires proof &#8212; least of all a claim about racial injustice, such as, "'Law and order' is just another name for an excuse to come down hard on people of color seeking affirmation of their long-disregarded rights."</p> <p>You'll get no argument on that point from the progressive media, which normally gives a hall pass to anyone with deep suspicions that America isn't half the country celebrated by the textbooks.</p> <p>Ahem ... <p>Updated: Tue Sep 15, 2020</p> 9ddf6ee95b86c60a887d7cc28c9756e7 The Liars Among Us for 09/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/20/the-liars-among-us Tue, 01 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The impeccably credentialed National Association of Scholars, which strives for, among other things, truth in academic discourse, focused in a recent webinar on the peril that truth faces amid our present racial anxieties. </p> <p>The new "truth" being vetted on the progressive left is that the whole of American history stems from chattel slavery. </p> <p>The Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July &#8212; forget it. Everything we thought we knew about America is false. Slavery is the sun around which our national solar system spins. We have a new explanation of the American story, tailored to shame us in the face of white racism. America didn't begin in 1776; it began in 1619, with the arrival of the first African slaves. Our intellectual elite class is finally latching on. It remains for the rest of the country to catch up. Or so goes the new theme song, with lyrics crafted by the authors of The New York Times' "1619 Project." The Times' purpose &#8212; I am not exaggerating &#8212; is to effect national repentance through an altered understanding of slavery as our central experience. The project's keystone outrage is the assertion that the colonists threw off British rule so as to make the new world safe for human bondage. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 01, 2020</p> cb0fde9382aa4d60ed00d9fa59468ce1 It's a Long Life -- Right, Joe? for 08/25/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/20/its-a-long-life-right-joe Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I think I'll walk wide of heated conversations about Joe Biden's mental acuity, given my lack of standing as a participant &#8212; or, more to the point, my overabundance of standing. When Joe emitted his first cry, back then in November 1942, I &#8212; me! &#8212;had been crawling around my own corner of the world for eight whole months. </p> <p>That backs both of us into the same corner. How ya feelin', Joe? A little achy in the morning? A little unsure of the name of the lady who claims bosom buddyship with your second cousin's favorite niece? Same here. To have started life's long voyage when Franklin Delano Roosevelt held the job Joe now seeks is, by no coincidence, to have taken in considerable information &#8212; mark! I did not say wisdom &#8212; and to have stashed it ... well, I know it's around here somewhere. Give me a minute. </p> <p>A long memory &#8212; subject as it may be to untimely interruptions &#8212; is no bad thing. It suggests, for one thing, that life has been going on a long time, with varied outcomes and results &#8212; some good, some not so good, some best left to gather dust.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 25, 2020</p> 4ffce4fb9d562b3fe2f46a5913cfb029 Time for Moral Pushback for 08/18/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/20/time-for-moral-pushback Tue, 18 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Wheee! It's election time. Let the invective start &#8212; the execrations, the exaggerations and the expostulations. That's what we do in 21st-century politics ; we execrate, exaggerate, expostulate. What's the point of the whole business otherwise? Our politicians are here to put bad people in their place &#8212; meaning the people who oppose their own virtuous designs. We didn't, as people and as a nation, used to see things this way, but more and more we seem to, and it alarms. </p> <p>The moment at hand &#8212; with Democrats offering Joe Biden as our great white-haired hope and Republicans countering with President Donald Trump &#8212; seems as good a time as any to suggest the real defect of modern politics, meaning its hollowness, its irrelevance to real as distinguished from pretend human needs.</p> <p>The practice of beating political opponents over the noggin &#8212; rhetorically and sometimes physically &#8212; proves, most of the time, a poor substitute for inciting friend and opponent alike to larger agreement on the more meaningful aspects of life. These include the peaceful sharing of civic duties and the observance of the higher human forms of behavior, e.g., loyalty, generosity, honor, dignity and solicitude for the truth.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 18, 2020</p> 64855dfa5cd85365b74b277f52d65c60 'Me, Me, Me!': Our New Theme Song for 08/11/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/20/me-me-me-our-new-theme-song Tue, 11 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Thank the good Lord for the pandemic.</p> <p>Well, sort of. Up to a point.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 11, 2020</p> f16f579bd5acbc183cea6dd3c34cd762 A Madhouse We Might Consider Ignoring for 08/04/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/20/a-madhouse-we-might-consider-ignoring Tue, 04 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The craziness of the craziest times many of us have ever lived through has a bit to do with the lack of an off-ramp. We don't know how to make it stop. We don't know where we're going. We don't know what to do.</p> <p>Well, sort of. A contemporary of mine, half a century ago, faced with inscrutable circumstances in the cultural/political world, was fond of declaring, "I'm just going to ignore it." This was a person of great intelligence, given to thinking much as I thought. However, I found puzzling this person's proclivity for merely willing a problem into nonexistence.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 04, 2020</p> 690a5fa012e748004a9776347eb01cc2 Street Mobs and Democrats for 07/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/20/street-mobs-and-democrats Tue, 28 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Never, goes the ancient adage, pick a fight you're not prepared to finish. </p> <p>The craziness, the certifiable lunacy, that swirls about us testifies to the inability of the left to think through the implications of what it began, peaceably enough, last May in the streets of Minneapolis, which presently envelops the country to one degree or another.</p> <p>The left escalates the street violence, not to mention the violence perpetrated on reason and logic by unreasonable, illogical declarations, through the pretense that it's all the fault of the white Republican authorities.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 28, 2020</p> 96097c20faaa0aa1bccf186f1c11d6ad Our Masters, the Media for 07/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/20/our-masters-the-media Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Back in the days when I knew everything worth knowing, I practiced the newspaper trade &#8212; which was the reason I knew everything worth knowing. See, we journalists are smart. We ooze intelligence and wisdom. We know what's what. And we don't mind letting you in on it, gentle reader. </p> <p>While I wipe the superior smirk from my face, I will relate the reason behind this present revelation. It is that we journalists are in the middle of coming clean about our right to run the universe on the basis of our unapproachable knowledge. We're throwing objectivity overboard. We're into "moral clarity." Moral clarity in reporting means we don't let you, the reader, the viewer, judge the truth of a matter, especially a political matter. Moral clarity means we already know the truth. And here it is, you poor riffraff. Open your mouths and smile so we can shovel it down your throats. When we're done shoveling, you can say, "Oh, thank you, great ones, for saving us the trouble of thinking."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Think? Nobody thinks anymore. We just listen to the media.</span> And let me tell you as a member of this selfsame institution, the media, for most of my increasingly long life, few threats to democracy are livelier than the media's attempts to eliminate customer thought.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 21, 2020</p>