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 Wed, 22 May 2019 15:53:09 -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 b0a051e4112919e9c495f2bafa0bbbbb Abortion: The People Are Catching On for 05/21/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/05/19/abortion-the-people-are-catching-on Tue, 21 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So, when the U.S. Supreme Court numbered abortion among our precious constitutional rights, we expected everlasting bliss? Anything but the present knock-down-drag-out over Roe v. Wade and its prospects for survival? </p> <p>I mean, we're stunned to see state legislatures moving to outlaw abortion? Why? On what grounds? America is presently absorbing a major political science lesson. To wit, a social revolution commenced and overseen by a coterie of philosopher kings &#8212; Platonic guardians, you could say &#8212; is a non-starter. Won't work. We generally don't do business that way in America. <p>Updated: Tue May 21, 2019</p> aa33d9db2cee3c7e01356bb327e4bb3c The High Price of Cultural Change for 05/14/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/05/19/the-high-price-of-cultural-change Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's a funny thing about "culture." It changes.</p> <p>That's because people die and new ones get born, and along the way, Things happen, events of one kind and another &#8212; wars, elections, recessions, new inventions. The so-called culture bounces off these various events in surprising ways.<p>Updated: Tue May 14, 2019</p> 4bd66245f1d34ac3a061174f2e0ccb61 Extra, Extra! Newspapers Found Dying for 05/07/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/05/19/extra-extra-newspapers-found-dying Tue, 07 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I know, I know. Fake news! Media bias! Intellectual arrogance! That's my old profession, the newspaper business, as contemporary Americans understand it &#8212; assuming they give our business any actual thought. </p> <p>Probably not. Witness the dreary statistics compiled by The Wall Street Journal in what newspapers call, or used to call, a major takeout. <p>Updated: Tue May 07, 2019</p> 3ea6c76347dd4c7167b9c1c83f069003 It's Not Their Age; It's the Age of Their Ideas for 05/01/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/04/19/its-not-their-age-its-the-age-of-their-ideas Wed, 01 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hey, lay off that geezer stuff when political talk turns to the fitness of Bernie Sanders (aetas 77) and Joe Biden (aetas 76) to fill the considerable office of president. I find such talk both unnecessary and disagreeable.</p> <p>The generic reason for this is that senior citizen status was long seen as a political qualification rather than a disability. For instance, the Latin root of the word "senate" is <i>senex</i>, for old, meaning venerable, wise, experienced, all that stuff.<p>Updated: Wed May 01, 2019</p> 9de5b51c9722faec7ddc468f4d932192 The Good of Impeachment Would Be...? for 04/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/04/19/the-good-of-impeachment-would-be Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>All right, then, impeachment &#8212; a matter resting on the national dining table in plain view. Who wants to cut into and serve it?</p> <p>Rep. Maxine Waters does. "What more do (Democrats) need to prove?" she inquires in the aftermath of the Mueller report's release. The value of impeachment, a double-edged weapon &#8212; no less likely to cut the wielder than the victim, the purpose of a national row louder and more divisive than we've been in for decades &#8212; here's what needs proving, it seems to me. We have some ways to go here.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 23, 2019</p> 05865715b4d8dd7de2100a814aa95384 Lessons From the Masters for 04/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/04/19/lessons-from-the-masters Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Humans &#8212; particularly of the American variety &#8212; will knock you for a loop now and then. They seem down; they seem out &#8212; licked, run over, beaten to a pulp.</p> <p>Then lo! Then behold! They pull off something big and improbable of who'd have-thunk-it dimensions &#8212; just the way Tiger Woods did in Augusta, Georgia, to the world's ongoing, and well-merited, acclaim. <p>Updated: Tue Apr 16, 2019</p> f4beb79f20886fe2f55c2c93019c6903 Refugees and, Maybe, What to Do About Them for 04/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/04/19/refugees-and-maybe-what-to-do-about-them Tue, 09 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We just can't kick the habit. Or the media can't, which comes to the same thing, given the media's habitual deference to its customers &#8212; you and me and Neighbor Jones. </p> <p>We'd rather hear about Donald Trump than about the specific problem he believes himself, on particular occasions, to be addressing. And so today's big story on the Mexican border mess is all about DJT's "purge of the nation's immigration and security leadership," to quote The New York Times.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 09, 2019</p> ff490af1d02ef1032a661aa0bb635882 Democrats for Trump (Apparently) for 04/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/04/19/democrats-for-trump-apparently Tue, 02 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The second-most extraneous topic in American politics is to what effect Joe Biden's invasion of Lucy Flores' personal space by kissing her noggin has on the Democratic presidential race &#8212; and maybe life in general.</p> <p>Which leaves in first place the fervent efforts of leading Democrats to excavate from the Mueller report such evidence as destroys the reign of President Donald Trump.<p>Updated: Tue Apr 02, 2019</p> f16e81c18a70e4259f9fde18c2a59528 The Special Counsel Weighs In for 03/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/03/19/the-special-counsel-weighs-in Tue, 26 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"The show is over. The monkey's dead." &#8212; Tennessee Williams, "Orpheus Descending"</p> <p>Notwithstanding, please, that "dead," in contemporary political parlance, is a relative term. No political stink ever entirely evaporates: We may expect the general public, through the media and its internet proxies, to chew over the Mueller report for years, emitting belches and strangulated noises of outrage.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 26, 2019</p> d678abcd7c063af558a0d2ac3194d85d Gimme That Ol'-Time Religion for 03/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/03/19/gimme-that-ol-time-religion Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I mean, yeah, you're right: The quest to get your kids into a top college has gotten crazy. We know as much from last week's news reports about slimy dealings meant to give rich and powerful families an advantage over regular shmoes who think the world still cares about honest work.</p> <p>Yeah, yeah, as a New York Times story puts it, the admissions system is "exploitable, arbitrary, broken." No, things shouldn't work that way. It's wrong. Wrong. <p>Updated: Tue Mar 19, 2019</p> f607603fc1f1fde854a4e4ea1671d6f2 'Democratic' Socialism and Other Daydreams for 03/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/03/19/democratic-socialism-and-other-daydreams Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Crazy times give rise to crazy notions, e.g., that socialism's the ticket for modern America.</p> <p>Well, you know, maybe not socialism of the sort that lighted Vladimir Lenin's cruel eyes. Certainly not socialism in a systematic way, each economic piston rising or falling in response to signals from the central government.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 12, 2019</p> b1b21497ed2d585ed088cfe76f33b607 'New And Contrite Hearts' and Other Necessary Stuff for 03/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/03/19/new-and-contrite-hearts-and-other-necessary-stuff Tue, 05 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Hoping for a knockout blow to battered, bedraggled remnants of the Confederate army, the starched and ready ranks of...</p> <p>Hold on. If memory serves, the Civil War wound up at Appomattox Court House, with Lee's surrender to Grant.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 05, 2019</p> 4286266a27d2ee4cea9b3b0c27af996c The Non-Church of Me First for 02/26/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/02/19/the-non-church-of-me-first Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Did I hear correctly? The pope blew it? Called a global summit in Rome to deal with sexual abuse and then spoke mainly in generalities? Skimmed over the need for better means of policing abuse? Left out of his opening speech the expected call for "zero tolerance" of priestly abusers?</p> <p>A non-Roman Catholic open to persuasion that child abusers belong in Dante's second, lust-punishing ring of hell senses that the pope's critics overlook something important &#8212; to wit, the need not just for worldly measures (fines, prison sentences, etc.), but for renewal and reimplantation of what the church itself teaches &#8212; or used to, before the moral corruptions of the modern era came to block Jesus from the sight of sexual predators and varmints of similar ilk.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 26, 2019</p> 9c8ed8c9ed8d221c830378dc5d4e8fdb A Wall Too Far for 02/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/02/19/a-wall-too-far Tue, 19 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In case you hadn't noticed, everything is in crisis these days. Race relations, the climate, male behavior, government shutdowns, immigration...</p> <p>Except that immigration, as crises go, was pretty small beer until President Trump swooped down last week with his proclamation of an emergency requiring him, as he represented the matter, to build a southern border wall with funds designated by Congress for other purposes. Whereby he worsened prospects, dim enough already, for the composing of national differences over what to do about the seemingly bottomless desire to take up residence in the United States, legally or the reverse.<p>Updated: Tue Feb 19, 2019</p> dd365341baddd41c713209f98390355d Antisocial Socialism for 02/12/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/02/19/antisocial-socialism Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The quest to make sense of America's present political situation goes on ... and on ... and on ... and ...</p> <p>Oh, the heck (by which you know I mean something stronger) with it, inasmuch as what we see playing out before us &#8212; never mind the president or the House speaker or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez &#8212; has timeless qualities. The push to control in the face of resistance is the oldest chapter in the human narrative. Neither Bernie Sanders nor AOC invented it. They merely took the raw material of human existence and molded it for contemporary uses. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 12, 2019</p> 79dd6bc5b2815af53defbdd1a62855e3 A Study in Morals for 02/05/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/02/19/a-study-in-morals Tue, 05 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>"Moral authority." Hmm. Who shoe-horned that notion into the national conversation?</p> <p>According to former Vice President Joe Biden, moral authority is the property that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam forfeited when a photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page came to light and he couldn't clearly say whether or not it depicted him in blackface or Klan costume &#8212; though, he conceded, he once blackened his face for a Michael Jackson costume. Calls for his resignation resounded. Biden chipped in with gusto. <p>Updated: Tue Feb 05, 2019</p> 85fba244e22525a44693a8a398d7acc7 Shut Down the Shutdowns! for 01/29/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/01/19/shut-down-the-shutdowns Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Gee whiz! Didn't we all get a lot out of the shutdown? Whether or not we sought it, we got the cynical attention of a cynical world, wondering what had possessed the crazy Americans this time.</p> <p>Donald Trump should have known better than to thump his chest over the coming capitulation of Nancy Pelosi, who &#8212; a serious egotist in her own right &#8212; understood the costs of capitulation to the man her constituents like least in the world. Couldn't Trump have figured this out instead of circling the woman who had just merrily knocked the chip off his shoulder? He wanted triumph; he instead got a poke in the nose.<p>Updated: Tue Jan 29, 2019</p> 10e35e41b55307aad4f0e8393f3faed5 We Don't Like Anybody, Do We? for 01/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/01/19/we-dont-like-anybody-do-we Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As the luminous Texas writer John Graves observed a few years back:</p> <p>"The Unco Guid and the Rigidly Righteous, in one or another not necessarily religious hue, dominate our time as shrilly as they ever dominated (Robbie) Burns' Scotland. The conservative old and the arrogant young and the scratchily earnest of all ages are at one in this."<p>Updated: Tue Jan 22, 2019</p> 1492e5062460017889ff682864105339 The Middle Way for 01/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/01/19/the-middle-way Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>One unremarked side effect of the uproar that goes by the name of Donald Trump is the hardening everywhere of hearts and positions. Everything's got to be one way or the other &#8212; border wall or shutdown, impeachment or public demoralization, allies or enemies, war or peace.</p> <p>War: That puts on our plates, or should, the year's truly big issue, bigger even than immigration. <p>Updated: Tue Jan 15, 2019</p> 2454284037a411d893dbbc26b49aeccb Why Not a Conservative Woman President? for 01/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/01/19/why-not-a-conservative-woman-president Tue, 08 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As if the Democrats lacked causes for nail biting &#8212; the shutdown, impeachment, Rashida Tlaib's big mouth &#8212; here comes a venerable ally, The New York Times, questioning the electability of the various women who aspire to run against Donald Trump in 2020.</p> <p>Could it be that none of them could beat him? "(T)here's a lingering doubt in some (Democratic) quarters," the Times reports, "about whether there is a risk involved in nominating a woman...." The memory of Hillary Clinton's defeat lingers, and Democrats recognize "that women in politics are held to a different standard than men on qualities like likability and toughness, and that voters have traditionally been more reluctant to elect women as executives than as legislators."<p>Updated: Tue Jan 08, 2019</p>