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 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:43:51 -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 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> 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>