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, 30 Sep 2020 14:52:27 -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 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> 14b3aca497d396cc90401ecc40d29c5b The Look of Things, Headed Toward November for 07/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/20/the-look-of-things-headed-toward-november Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A man of the mass entertainment world, President Donald Trump, would be familiar with vaudeville, where audiences that tired of a particular performer would cry with a single voice, "Get the hook!" Out from the wings would emerge a long pole with hook on the end, perfect for emptying the stage.</p> <p>Recent polls are seen as suggesting hook time may have come for a president whose audience already is deriding him with nostrils clamped between thumb and forefinger. The polls show Trump fading fast among independents, especially independent suburban women. One major reason in this virus season: the president's incapacity for steady, empathetic leadership, as contrasted with his solipsistic delight in tweeting. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 14, 2020</p> 157a46390b2b273e5c6b681ba40b9937 Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie for 07/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/20/bye-bye-miss-american-pie Tue, 07 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Help me with a provocative question. I've pondered; I've thought; I give up. </p> <p>The question: Why don't the Chinese Communists seize the present golden opportunity and land 5,000 or 10,000 members of the People's Liberation Army in San Francisco or, better yet, Seattle, where the police have been replaced, apparently, by the homeless and the graffiti artists and the drug purveyors running, until recently, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone? If you call it "running." <p>Updated: Tue Jul 07, 2020</p> 170c50c29f032eadeb2c4d3e9caab54e How Loose the Foundations for 06/30/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/20/how-loose-the-foundations Tue, 30 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in Monday with another example of its divided wisdom on abortion, refusing by a single vote to uphold a Louisiana law seen as making access to abortion unconstitutionally difficult.</p> <p>Unconstitutionally difficult? What about less likely to result in another medical blockade of a developing life on the outskirts of developed life? The court split 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining the progressives in their preference for levelling barriers to "reproductive choice." Louisiana had enacted a requirement in 2014 that abortion doctors obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The court's 1-vote majority said this wouldn't do. The law erected an obstacle to abortion. This wouldn't do. Roe v. Wade, way back before half of today's Americans had drawn breath, turned abortion into a constitutional right wherewith no government entity could interfere. So it remains.</p> <p>In our famously ambiguous times, Americans can no more figure out what they want to do about abortion than they can get their arms around the problem of "systemic" racism. Whatever "systemic" means. Not to mention "racism." <p>Updated: Tue Jun 30, 2020</p> ce09af138d4ec95575355f795d649cf0 Systemic Ignorance for 06/23/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/20/systemic-ignorance Tue, 23 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Systemic racism"? I wouldn't call that America's present problem. "Systemic ignorance" comes a lot closer to it &#8212; a wonderful and telling phrase coined by an attorney friend of mine.</p> <p>If you don't know much of anything, what right have you to instruct those who do know? Every right, it would presently seem. In acknowledgement of which right &#8212; oh, boy! &#8212; you commission instructive pieces of testimony like the San Francisco overthrow of a statue representing &#8212; are you ready? &#8212; former President and Gen. Ulysses Simpson Grant. U.S. Grant! Grant, who accepted, at Appomattox courthouse in 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia on the initiative of its commander, Robert E. Lee! Thus writing "finis" to the Civil War/War Between the States. </p> <p>I have read that the rap on Grant, from the standpoint of the San Francisco mob, was that for a year, he personally owned one slave &#8212; <i>one</i> &#8212; who he freed a couple of years before the war.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 23, 2020</p> ca05bf905bc49733792bb7d26203872a Breaking Out the Winchesters for 06/16/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/20/breaking-out-the-winchesters Tue, 16 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The apparently unstoppable nuttiness of the present moment has more faces and features than a Summit supercomputer could keep up with. Here, possibly, is the most incredible of those features: the call to "defund" the cops. Whatever "defund" may mean. </p> <p>That nobody can explain the meaning of "defunding," or the need for it, shows the rushed and improvised quality of policy &#8212; er &#8212; "thinking" in a world currently run by those whose pusillanimous elders, back in the late '60s, routinely labeled them "the brightest generation in history." If they ever were that bright, I believe it's time we changed the bulb. Defunding law enforcement is the dimmest notion on public display.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 16, 2020</p> c43e56aee449d172282dbbaba35c5823 Shut Up, They Explained! for 06/09/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/20/shut-up-they-explained Tue, 09 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>I know, I know; don't remind me. People of the political right go on and on these days about speech censorship by people of the political left. </p> <p>I grieve to say the case they present grows more and more immediate, the danger they point to more and more real.</p> <p>The danger may abate. I would not take that for granted. Attitudes on the political left are hardening &#8212; as at The New York Times, our second most prestigious newspaper after The Wall Street Journal.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 09, 2020</p> 61a9b94fdcd5a93ddb16c21f7066ea14 Back to the Mayflower for 06/02/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/20/back-to-the-mayflower Tue, 02 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>An overlooked irony of these terrible, horrible, awful, no good, very bad times (as the great children's author Judith Viorst would have described them) is the 5-4 Supreme Court decision last week upholding California's restrictions on church attendance, the whole matter playing out on the sterile card table of constitutional law.</p> <p>Constitutional law?! Horsefeathers. Hooey. The present situation is only by recent habit a matter for the perusal of courts and learned justices. We're in a moral mess, and to sort it out, we need the help not of lawyers but of angels, archangels and all the company of heaven &#8212; in the ancient liturgy's words. </p> <p>California should not be restricting religious witness. It should be flinging wide the portals of all its religious places so that Californians, in the company of the rest of their fellow Americans, may commence relearning the various precepts and understandings that animate the good life and restrain the bad.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 02, 2020</p> c58cd3c30f50dd3538acf4906ab16cc0 The People Speak for 05/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/05/20/the-people-speak Tue, 26 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"We the people" is the phrase that comes trippingly to mind.</p> <p>We the people, over Memorial Day weekend, initiated an urgent referendum on the means and methods of battling the novel coronavirus. Early returns pour in even as we speak. We the people of the United States, after a couple of months in a state resembling genteel captivity, seem increasingly ready to rock 'n' roll. The markets are up sharply. The Wall Street Journal reports on the pending return of sports. Polls show respondents feeling, if not dramatically better about the state of things in general, marginally better. Marginally better ain't bad these days, wouldn't you agree? </p> <p>I would not have the reader confuse this news with a cry of exultation. Blessed, or whatever, with the same chronology and cultural memories as Joe Biden and Tony Fauci, I mean to go sheltering more or less in place. But I am not trying to decide the question of when-are-we-going-to-beat-COVID-19? I'm suggesting the people themselves are going to decide that in their own good time, and in their own way, with a whole lot less "expert" direction than a standing army of self-appointed experts has been ladling out to us. The people are a little tired of experts, a bit impatient with how often the experts, in trying to order our coronavirus offensive, wield the word "science." Science says this; science says that. It may. Or it may not. In any cases, the architects of lockdown, shutdown, shut-your-mouth, quiet-I'm-talking may have overplayed their hand.<p>Updated: Tue May 26, 2020</p> d54c344343bda19e8d7492e8cde5dbfb Ain't We 'Deplorables' Deplorable? for 05/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/05/20/aint-we-deplorables-deplorable Tue, 19 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So. A Texas day care center can open now. I said "right now." Come Friday, May 22, Texas bars and bowling alleys, by gubernatorial writ, are allowed to pry their doors partly &#8212; and, yes, cautiously &#8212; open. </p> <p>On the same day, and under the same dispensation, Texas restaurant owners can beckon inside their premises a larger contingent of customers: up to 50% capacity. By the end of the month, Texas sports camps have gubernatorial permission to resume operations &#8212; c-a-a-a-a-r-r-r-efully &#8212; to see how things go. No Texan is obligated to take advantage of these opportunities. They're there if you want them.<p>Updated: Tue May 19, 2020</p> 7cd6668c181817fb58e5c78bd1501f16 Rules and Regulations for 05/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/05/20/rules-and-regulations Tue, 12 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rules, rules, rules &#8212; and don't we hate 'em? They restrict some of our most personal notions, retard our experiential growth, run contrary to modern suppositions as to our human rights. </p> <p>Modern culture reflects and magnifies the I'll-do-what-I-want spirit that took us by storm around the time the counterculture appeared on the scene, promising fulfillment of our inner wants and desires while occluding any view of potential consequences. Oh, isn't it wonderful?<p>Updated: Tue May 12, 2020</p>