Bill Murchison

Posted February 09, 2016

That Donald Trump, in his quest to lead us back to national greatness, feels free to brag, distort, lampoon, defame and empty his personal trash on every political doorstep is one sign -- but hardly the only one -- of a few changes in America's moral makeup over the past half century.

Posted February 03, 2016

What's going on in this country right now, as exemplified in our current politics and the results in Iowa?

Posted January 26, 2016

My friends and fellow Americans: This Trump thing we're all chewing to death like a dog with a dishrag is only nominally about "Doctor" Trump and his traveling medicine show.

Posted January 19, 2016

My governor, the Honorable Greg Abbott of Texas, sallied forth the other day with a plan to revise the Constitution in the interest of returning power to the people. Because of this antique notion, whole cans of rhetorical trash have been emptied on my governor's head.

Posted January 12, 2016

"This time I'm actually hearing somebody who's telling me the truth; they're actually going to go in and do something they say they're going to do." -- Ted Cruz-supporter Dave Conger, as quoted in The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2016.

Posted January 06, 2016

He's going! He's going! The Constitution provides that even the rowdiest celebrations of political indulgence end on a date certain.

Posted December 29, 2015

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Or do we?

Posted December 22, 2015

Baylor University's Rodney Stark, a social science professor celebrated for his acute understanding of contemporary religion, says to prophets of religious doom and disappearance: Huh? What are you talking about? Had your morning coffee yet?

Posted December 15, 2015

Wasn't there a time when universities dedicated themselves chiefly to the spread of knowledge and wisdom, or, you know, to anything besides social engineering, cultural manipulation and political posturing?

Posted December 09, 2015

What was the reason for the bland, gluten-free flavor of the president's Oval Office address on terrorism? Barack Obama, on this theoretically important occasion, was out of his element.

Posted December 01, 2015

The president of the United States landed in Paris on Monday, his mouth full of grave and ominous reproaches for the heedless.

Posted November 24, 2015

The first Christmas tree on our block popped up the day after Halloween. Soon enough, garlands of white lights began to adorn neighborhood trees and doorways. It's Christmas -- except that it's not. From what I can see, Thanksgiving has yet to be acknowledged, much less observed.

Posted November 17, 2015

Is Vladimir Putin the new leader of the free world?

Posted November 10, 2015

I tell you, it's great to be alive and cognizant that the greatest thing going on at the University of Missouri, large-domed citadel of learning and culture, is -- you guessed it -- football!

Posted November 03, 2015

"The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don't trust the media. ... And nobody watching at home (believes) that any of the moderators (have) any intention of voting in a Republican primary." -- Sen. Ted Cruz, at the Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate.

Posted October 27, 2015

With Jim Webb's resignation from the presidential race goes a piece of history.

Posted October 20, 2015

Opposition to Christian cultural and political arguments doesn't rise quite to the level of persecution -- a point that eludes various Christians (including Ted Cruz, but more on him in a minute). Still, the subject of growing estrangement between Christian belief and secular power needs attention in the presidential campaign.

Posted October 13, 2015

It strikes me all of a sudden that a word spoken on behalf of the Republican Party's "crazies" might not come amiss.

Posted October 06, 2015

By Monday, interestingly enough, the Russian invasion of Syria was receding as a topic of public concern.

Posted September 29, 2015

So that's it: John Andrew Boehner out as House speaker, and the way cleared (whoopee! Hallelujah! Pass the Dom Perignon) for a conservative revival on Capitol Hill?