Bill Murchison

Posted July 29, 2014

Word to Christians from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: Convert, leave or die.

Posted July 22, 2014

So, then, what are we supposed to think when the governor of Texas dispatches National Guardsmen to the state border with Mexico in order to deflect the onrush of illegal border-crossers? What are we supposed to do?

Posted July 15, 2014

Sarah Palin's call for the impeachment of President Obama makes no sense. What does the lady want -- a national street fight? But a fetching question arises from her enterprise: Could we live for two years under a President Joe Biden? Would it be worse than now? Maybe not.

Posted July 08, 2014

What this country almost certainly doesn't need right now is more laws and regulations; but it doesn't necessarily need fewer laws and regulations, either. What we appear to need above all else is a deeper -- and that's not saying much -- understanding of the purposes for which a civilized society passes laws and enacts regulations. We need, in essence, moral instruction.

Posted July 01, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court had a banner day

Posted June 24, 2014

And there before us, b'golly, was ... the car!

Posted June 17, 2014

The Eric Cantor debacle in Virginia last week demanded a storyline, which was no heavy lifting.

Posted June 10, 2014

Sir Isaac Newton instructs us, in the Third Law of Motion, that for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. It may be another way of saying that without Barack Obama there might not now be a Ted Cruz.

Posted June 03, 2014

Not to be overlooked amid the gale of reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency's carbon emission proposal is the EPA's gall, its effrontery, its smug tone of We're-the-government-and-don't-you-forget-it. Putin could take lessons from this gang.

Posted May 28, 2014

The way to have the foreign policy you want is first to figure out what kind of foreign policy you want.

Posted May 20, 2014

The news about all the disinvited commencement speakers -- at Brandeis, at Smith College, at Haverford -- grabbed America in an unexpected and gratifying way.

Posted May 13, 2014

The hollowness at the core of 21st century liberal politics stands out against the backdrop of the big climate change ... would "debate" be the word? Not likely. The air fills with assumptions, generated by the media sources that channel most political assumptions.

Posted May 06, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's latest public prayer decision reminds us what an increasingly terrible time our liberals have with God. To wit, they don't really want him around: well, certainly no more than necessary, and when he does show up, the less said about it, the better.

Posted April 29, 2014

The nice thing about modern America is that, if you don't like a certain form of reality, you can always make up your own version.

Posted April 22, 2014

A prime reason for subscribing to the New York Times -- a cultural misdeed for which I regularly beat my breast -- is that of tapping into the Times' tips concerning what real, bona fide Forward Thinkers are thinking at a given moment. Like now, when opinion leaders are lining up to assure us the return of Robin Hood economics is way overdue.

Posted April 15, 2014

So "Racism" once more stalks among us! The Obama administration and its congressional minions are in full-court press style on the topic.

Posted April 08, 2014

"Lib-er-al adj. 1. a. Not limited to or by ... authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas ... b. tolerant of the ideas and behaviors of others; broadminded ... "

Posted April 01, 2014

Brains? Sure, we value brains in our Important People: a law degree, maybe; a much-followed Twitter account. A capacity for 12-hour days and shared household duties; the ability to "lean in" without getting leaned on.

Posted March 25, 2014

What a joy to find the New York Times editorial page staff on duty whenever a tough moral question arises, such as, "Can the U.S. government require business owners claiming religious liberty privileges to fund contraceptive care for employees?"

Posted March 18, 2014

I bring up the '70s -- of god-awful memory -- as much to nourish hope as to enlarge perspective on current events in the world and the nation along with it.