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 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 11:40:58 -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 9d93f9c54cc8cc1cbeeb64f4b45c31cb Daily Life in the Pigpen for 09/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/19/daily-life-in-the-pigpen Tue, 17 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We live in extraordinary times, do we not? No one I know can remember, so far as I am aware, discussion of the sexual apparatus of a Supreme Court justice accused, prior or subsequent to confirmation, of reprehensible sexual behavior at a college party. </p> <p>Was Earl Warren so accused? Was David Souter? Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg? There was the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill mashup, to be sure, the facts of which &#8212; Coca-Cola cans and all &#8212; proved to be beyond proof, with many hoping we'd seen the last of he said, she said battles over, at bottom, matters of constitutional interpretation.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 17, 2019</p> a665f0d07d17ae69eb2deb1812fbf336 We the People ... for 09/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/09/19/we-the-people- Tue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The world, my friends, is going to ... and that's just the point: We don't know where in the world the world is going. Only that it's moving at a high speed, in ways likely to upset existing orders.</p> <p>And the People are driving this show &#8212; the People, yes, as Carl Sandburg entitled his last major book of poetry, back when things, noisy as they were, were stiller than now. Everything is rolling around like steel balls on a hardwood floor. Not much of anything is in repose. And it's hard to say why. We just know that nothing is still.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 10, 2019</p> 499838495c0491918a32559de37b90dc The Gambler: RBG and the Trump Campaign for 08/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/19/the-gambler-rbg-and-the-trump-campaign Tue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Over the weekend, the media took notice of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's apparently successful treatment for a malignant tumor on the pancreas. "No further treatment is needed at this time," said Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City &#8212; which wasn't the same thing as saying "Justice Ginsburg's Supreme Court tenure is locked down and guaranteed."</p> <p>Possibly the least edifying phenomenon you run across in politics &#8212; a highly unedifying pursuit these days, full of noise and rancor &#8212; is what might be called the death watch, as in how-long-before-we-get-to-replace-old-so-and-so-on-whatever-it-is. Few are the political folk whose disappearances for one reason or another excite public rejoicings. Ginsburg &#8212; a smart, snappy and rigorously honest jurist &#8212; isn't among their number. <span class="column--highlighted-text">"Long may she wave!" we need to exclaim so as to keep up some pretense of humanity amid all the grossness.</span><p>Updated: Tue Aug 27, 2019</p> c15dcabbe798c31f8f2c8d3ac0e05dcb The Wisdom of Federalism for 08/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/19/the-wisdom-of-federalism Tue, 20 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"How Much Damage Have Republicans Done in the States?"</p> <p>Gosh! Worlds of damage, you'd imagine, if you're a typical client of The New York Times nursery school system, where more and more government is good and less and less government is very, very bad &#8212; evidencing a failure on your part to appreciate the joys of governance by one's betters.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 20, 2019</p> b5a503aa27d57e7ac2a58fd5ea79045f Those Socialists Will Love You -- Literally -- to Death for 08/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/19/those-socialists-will-love-you-literally-to-death Tue, 13 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>So what if we did get Bernie Sanders, a proud democratic socialist, as president next year? Or say we got Elizabeth Warren &#8212; no socialist, perhaps, in the formal sense, but a lady given to the espousal of policies much like Bernie's? What if we got a socialist government? Would it be a good thing or a bad thing? </p> <p>I put it to you this way: It would be a very different thing, for one fundamental reason, a reason we should not glide past as we take in all the media's political blah-blah. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The difference between socialism and capitalism, in pure form or in practice, lies in the answers to the questions: Who decides? Who makes the rules? Who tells whom what to do and how to do it?</span> Under socialism, the government decides, not you &#8212; save, possibly, in the small things. In the larger things, such as health care ("Medicare for All"), the government and its agents cut you out. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 13, 2019</p> 274c166f636bfe5b05d129f284ab3862 Welcome to Our Times for 08/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/08/19/welcome-to-our-times Tue, 06 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When the tumult and the shouting have died from the pitch occasioned by the El Paso and Dayton massacres, there may be stillness enough &#8212; for a short time, anyway &#8212; to accommodate a useful question.</p> <p>How come now? That would be the question. How come not 50 years ago? How come this fat, burden-free time when everything we seemingly desire is seemingly ours to claim, delivered free to our doorstep by Amazon?<p>Updated: Tue Aug 06, 2019</p> 188c18cd04654cd82989ccbd075dc63c Always -- and Especially Now -- the Jews! for 07/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/19/always-and-especially-now-the-jews Tue, 30 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Aha! A topic &#8212; and these don't come easily these days &#8212; with Donald Trump nowhere near the center &#8212; maybe just the periphery. We'll see. This one bears talking about, even so. </p> <p>The topic, superficially, is the international campaign to delegitimize Israel: the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which last week the U.S. House &#8212; Nancy Pelosi's House &#8212; slammed and condemned by an overwhelming margin. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 30, 2019</p> 4b6ea0d2f54455cc456b50b558e92a08 Political Silly Season for 07/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/19/political-silly-season Tue, 23 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Reality, I hate to report, is for losers, meaning people hesitant to make the world reflect their personal conceptions of perfection, likewise reluctant to insist that holdouts get with the program &#8212; fast.</p> <p>A common trope of political commentary pegs Donald Trump (rightly, I don't doubt) as a narcissist, hungry for the world to keep spinning in his personal orbit. The irony here is how much company that trait affords him over on the political left &#8212; say, in Berkeley, California.<p>Updated: Tue Jul 23, 2019</p> cdfe047dca6ff78e8ab97692b7949ae1 How to Miss a Big-Time Political Point for 07/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/19/how-to-miss-a-big-time-political-point Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We have a president who dons fatigues and steel-toed boots whenever he enters a room full of politicians and media types, promptly takes an axe to the refreshment table and then invites all in the assemblage to put up their dukes.</p> <p>All oblige &#8212; like now, when the big national story, which doesn't bear repeating after the last couple of days, is the president's venture into racial commentary via tweets about the Democrats' four farthest-left congresswomen, who, along with their party and the media, are duly outraged. They ought to be. He's campaigning for reelection by pushing the left and the party leadership into one undifferentiated, un-American &#8212; as he would have it &#8212; mass (a losing mass, by his calculations). And he's having the time of his life. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 16, 2019</p> 60e91c1fd13a4facd07a630fd10d6741 We, the People of Hope for 07/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/19/we-the-people-of-hope Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Another "lightbulb moment," you reckon? The city of Charlottesville, Virginia, switches sides in our great racial embroilments, casting out Thomas Jefferson as favorite son and making a holiday in honor of, forgive me, the Yankees who overran the place in 1865. That's us Americans these days &#8212; railing at each other about freedom and justice as currently understood in our fair land.</p> <p>I could cite other moments of like illumination, such as the American women's soccer star-spangled triumph in France, speckled with political objurgations and cries of outrage over unequal pay. However, I want to move to consider Wilfred McClay's remarkable tribute to our remarkable, if obstreperous, land in all its moral complexity. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 09, 2019</p> 42e32f3a1d04bcd736b280a601f3865c The Joys of Busing, Huh? for 07/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/07/19/the-joys-of-busing-huh Tue, 02 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>As contrived for the apparent purpose of embarrassing Joe Biden, Kamala Harris' handwringer over racial-balance busing duly titillated the media. Who could suppose there was anything wrong with shipping children miles from their homes to satisfy what a federal judge said was the moral necessity of achieving a classroom mixture of black faces and white faces? And Biden had fought it at the federal level? The homeric narrative thus organized itself around Sen. Harris' account of "a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me."<p>Updated: Tue Jul 02, 2019</p> b0c1bccf122837604ed2bb12c48a9942 The Supreme Court Gets It Right for 06/25/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/19/the-supreme-court-gets-it-right Tue, 25 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's like, really, we need all the religion we can get around here! What with Americans &#8212; you know &#8212; perpetually at each other's throats, yelling in each other's faces. But we get another reminder, at the feet of the Supreme Court, of the difficulties attendant on expunging nastiness from national life.</p> <p>Our highest court had to instruct us, 7-2, it was no violation of our national principles to leave unmolested a large cross of marble and granite commemorating on public land in Maryland the deaths of local soldiers in World War I. We need learned jurists to tell us what any uninstructed half-wit, 80 or 90 years ago, could have figured out? Namely, that <span class="column--highlighted-text">in the affairs of nations, the exercise of human generosity counts for at least as much as do legal rights, real or asserted</span>. However, we don't do things that way anymore. We've forgotten how. Note the yelling, etc. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 25, 2019</p> 5c8df9f2be6e77652932036e7f1e2b3e And We Did It! for 06/18/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/19/and-we-did-it Tue, 18 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Where do the Hong Kong Chinese get these notions: such as that the right to a fair trial is rock-bottom basic to every democratic concept of justice? And the notion that freedom of speech underpins the whole, so to speak, democratic shooting match &#8212; where'd that come from?</p> <p>From us, that's where &#8212; from the British and their American legatees, in whose minds and historical experience originated the understanding that you can't let government have its own way, no questions asked. Because when and where you do, it's all over for freedom.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 18, 2019</p> d0444b899a142671536f6f86a7f85e96 The Questionable Fun of Yelling 'Boo, Hiss!' for 06/11/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/19/the-questionable-fun-of-yelling-boo-hiss Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Now, hear this: Anti-Chick-fil-A San Antonio mayor narrowly reelected this past weekend over pro-Chick-fil-A candidate! Proving ...</p> <p>Come on, my eyelids are drooping. The lack of an answer proves what? That the era of the non-issue issue has yet a ways to run? Yes, that may be it. Alas.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 11, 2019</p> 609a9bfcd2a137d5cf7bb071673579f4 'The Longest Day,' Revisited for 06/04/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/06/19/the-longest-day-revisited Tue, 04 Jun 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In my capacity as a certified, government-inspected old coot, I have taken particular interest in the bubbling excitement over the 75th anniversary of D-Day. It takes me back &#8212; not to D-Day itself, when I was in knee pants, but to the 18th anniversary thereof in 1962. Darryl Zanuck's "The Longest Day" brought to stirring cinematic life on that occasion Cornelius Ryan's D-Day book of the same title. </p> <p>I still find great satisfaction in Zanuck's film, but here's what I remember about 1962. We &#8212; well, a lot of us &#8212; who went to see it wore coat and tie or heels. It seemed the thing to do. As the house lights went down, the sound system roused us with "The Star-Spangled Banner" &#8212; the real one, with trumpets and drums and no swaying hyper-inflected nightclub singers. We in the house rose as one, with hands over hearts. Many sang. It was a big deal, in keeping with the occasion celebrated and the sacrifice required to liberate Europe from evil.<p>Updated: Tue Jun 04, 2019</p> 765160fdfe047f14adb85f784c723032 Dissing the Dead in Dallas for 05/28/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/william-murchison/05/19/dissing-the-dead-in-dallas Tue, 28 May 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>During the walk-up to Memorial Day, with its evocations of respect for fallen warriors, hypercharged Dallas, found time to stick out a very official tongue at, you see, the wrong kind of fallen warriors: the Confederate kind. <p>Updated: Tue May 28, 2019</p> 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>