What This Country Needs


A better class of illegal immigrant.

A good three-dollar cigar.

A Presidential contender who has once in his life done something that is truly worthwhile, notable, patriotic, or unselfish.

Fewer people who know what is best for other people. (This may require giving the Deep North back to Canada.)

A Presidential candidate who is actually a literate, mature, and wise human being. Someone who could, say, carry on a conversation with Thomas Jefferson (of course, necessarily as a humble learner). I'm no utopian. I'll settle for one who could carry on a conversation with Harry Truman and not be revealed as a ninny in five minutes.

Fewer bureaucrat generals and more soldier generals.

Fewer internet columnists.

Fewer people who think everybody else is eager to download and read every internet column that they happen to like.

More control and punishment of organised crime—the Mafia, Congress, federal judges, the Colombians, utilities companies, etc.

Fewer bastards (of both kinds)

Less porcine politicians. (They have already spent as much of our wealth as they could get away with in order to keep their own snouts in the trough. In fact, they have already spent all your children's wealth, and all your grandchildren's wealth and—).

More policemen who are "peace officers" here "to protect and serve" and fewer who think their mission is to intimidate people and boss them around.

A better class of legal immigrant.

William Murchison

William Murchison

William Murchison is a corresponding editor of Chronicles and the author of The Cost of Liberty: The Life of John Dickinson (ISI) and Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity. William Murchison, syndicated columnist and longtime commentator on religious, cultural, and political affairs, has contributed to many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and First Things.

Clyde Wilson

Clyde Wilson

Clyde N. Wilson is a contributing editor to Chronicles. A retired professor of history at the University of South Carolina, he is the author of numerous books, including Carolina Cavalier: The Life and Mind of James Johnston Pettigrew and Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. He is the editor of The Papers of John C. Calhoun.

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