Nationally-syndicated columnist William Murchison has been a professional journalist since 1964. William Murchison's career began with two years at the Corsicana Daily Sun, followed by seven years with the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald. William Murchison is the former senior columnist with The Dallas Morning News. Murchison's newspaper column has been nationally syndicated since 1981.
Murchison has written three books: Those Gasoline Lines and How They Got There (co-author), Reclaiming Morality in America, and his latest, There's More to Life Than Politics.
Murchison also serves as contributing editor with The Lone Star Report, editor for Foundations (the largest traditional publication in the Episcopal Church), contributing editor for Human Life Review, and corresponding editor for Chronicles.William Murchison is also a regular contributor to National Review, The Wall Street Journal, Policy Review, The American Spectator, and First Things.
A Corsicana native, Murchison received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his master's degree from Stanford University. William Murchison is married and has two sons.
Politicians do politics because they can't help it.
Bethlehem. Ah. Yes. There we were as a matter of fact, and not many weeks ago, either. Also at Nazareth. Also -- of course -- at Jerusalem, where everybody goes who goes to the Holy Land, with a sense of immense events and occasions to be taken in, the more so as Christmas draws near.
Among the journalistic takeaways from the late Congress' death frenzies is the equivocal plight of the two parties -- the grown-up deal makers in both cases squeezed by hardcore, do-it-our-way extremists.
The human tempests presently sweeping the country -- rape allegations at the University of Virginia and in the U.S. military, racial protests and rioting over police conduct, growing and growling bitterness during the sweetest of seasons -- have as much to do with moral decay as with circumstances.
"Race," you said? A "national conversation" about race and the variant understandings and byplays that result from our differences?
Thanks-mas -- as our new winter holiday deserves to become known, with pumpkins and red-and-green lights merging in anticipatory celebration -- only partly occludes the opportunities for national and personal gratitude widespread in Novembers past.
For two more years, two very long and, I'm afraid, discombobulating years, the United States is to be served by a president with the emotional maturity of -- shall we guess? A 12-year-old determined to be noticed by everyone in the room? Maybe.
"The polls" have it that Americans in 2014 expect virtually nothing from the 2014 style in Washington politicians. Amid the horrors we trip over every morning when evacuating our beds, this revelation may count as very, very, very good news.
The really troubling point that Joel Kotkin makes in the New York Daily News is that New York can't figure out how to do the economic equality thing we hear so much about in this and every political season.
"(Wendy) Davis is running (for governor) against Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is heavily favored to win in a state that remains strongly Republican."
Americans will cease arguing over the federal Voting Rights Act and its intricacies -- oh, I imagine around the time Texas starts exporting ground water to Minnesota, or the Lord returns to judge the quick and the dead.
The idea of unelected judges defining norms and basic values has never been an appealing one, but it's a role modern judges seem generally to welcome.
That's it, that's it! Why did no one think of it before Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., concocted the solution to NFL violence?
Wasn't that a good one about the president promising an executive order on immigration -- only he discovered the time wasn't quite right, what with an election coming on, so he pivoted to the Islamic State, which he is promising to degrade and destroy in two or three years, only ... ?
The month of August 2014 came near to producing the libertarian ideal -- next-to-no government. Some might argue that August favored the anarchist ideal -- no government at all; nothing going on at the highest levels, what with Congress out of town and the President on the golf course.
The modern world has greater, more terrible problems than the Scottish independence movement. But the movement's -- well -- movement helps show why some of our problems are the size they are.
Heavens, no! Insists Michael McCrum, the "special prosecutor" who procured the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry for alleged misuse of his constitutional power to veto legislation. Why, it wasn't about politics at all! The legal case against Perry, which discombobulates such plans as the governor might have for another presidential bid, is grounded, McCrum says, in "the facts and the law, and nothing else."
Is anybody overjoyed, rapturous, bowled over with delight at seeing the United States again involved in Iraq?
Word to Christians from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: Convert, leave or die.