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Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas

Cal Thomas is one of the most widely syndicated political columnists in America. Based in Washington, he is a wide-ranging social commentator, not a "beltway insider," who supports traditional conservative values and the American "can-do spirit." He'll take on virtually any topic, from the decline of the family to growing terrorism worldwide.

A columnist for 30 years, his latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America." Readers may email Mr. Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.

Articles by Cal Thomas

Separation of Church and State Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

John Kasich's bad idea

Conservatives are supposed to be against big government and opposed to the left's belief that problems can and should be solved by Washington. Published November 25, 2015

Syrian 'Tourist' Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Terrorists as 'tourists'

President Obama has put a new twist on the Islamic invasion now taking place across Europe and the United States. Speaking to reporters last week during his visit to the Philippines, the president compared Syrian refugees to "tourists," saying they are no bigger a threat than people who come to sightsee and visit attractions. Published November 23, 2015

Illustration on the current spate of college protests by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The race to riot on college campuses

College campuses are again in turmoil. According to The New York Times, "Racist, sexist and anti-Semitic incidents on and near college campuses from Dartmouth to Wisconsin to Stanford this fall have provoked worries by education and civil rights leaders that such acts are on the increase." Published November 18, 2015

Illustration on the lack of direction in the West in the face of Islamic extremism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Massacre in Paris

Just hours before the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, "Good Morning America" broadcast an interview with President Obama. In it, the president told host George Stephanopoulos, "I don't think they're gaining strength. Published November 16, 2015

"The Democrats have the ultimate super PAC, it is called the mainstream media," Marco Rubio said, before panning the way the "mainstream media" has handled Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

Is Rubio the one?

The Florida senator keeps building momentum. Published November 11, 2015

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline Project Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Keystone kaput for now

President Obama's unilateral rejection of the proposed KeystoneXL oil pipeline that would have brought petroleum and jobs to the United States is another in a long list of issues dominated by politics rather than common sense, economics and science. Published November 9, 2015

Illustration on the direction of the House of Representatives by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Once more with 'the vision thing'

It was George H.W. Bush who reportedly dismissed an idea from a friend that he should spend time at Camp David thinking about what he might do should he become president. According to a Jan. 26, 1987 article in Time magazine, Mr. Bush is said to have dismissed the suggestion with this line: "Oh, the vision thing." Published November 4, 2015

Bob Beckel       Associated Press photo

Bob Beckel should be dead

In Washington, most stories that make the newspapers and evening newscasts are about scandals and political infighting. Rarely is there one about redemption. Published November 2, 2015

Illustration on recent California laws on euthanasia and abortion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The state of death in California

Shortly after signing a bill allowing assisted suicide in California, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed another measure that forces pregnancy crisis centers to "offer information about affordable contraception, abortion and prenatal care." Published October 28, 2015

Illustration on Hillary's eluding political harm from the Benghazi hearings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary escapes again

A special House committee investigating the terrorist attack in Benghazi, on Sept. 11, 2012 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans may have helped Hillary Clinton become president of the United States. Published October 26, 2015

Illustration on the efficacy of traditional virtue by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Doing for yourself

A recent New York Times headline read, "Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest Would Pay for Bold Plans." The story says that by soaking the rich, "the government could raise large amounts of revenue while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income." Published October 21, 2015

Illustration on Iran's threat to Israel's existence by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Another meeting of unlike minds

When President Obama meets in Washington Nov. 9 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I would imagine Mr. Netanyahu's main concern will be to find out exactly what the United States means by "infringement" as it applies to the Iran nuclear agreement. Published October 19, 2015

Illustration on the stale content of the Democrat candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Deconstructing the Democratic presidential debate

Watching the Democratic candidates' presidential debate Tuesday night, one might think a Republican has been in the White House since 2009. These political Lilliputians could find little to say that was positive. Published October 14, 2015

Banana Republicans?

Republicans should look to Rep. Jim Jordan for real leadership. Published October 12, 2015

Hillary Make-over Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The 'new' Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton is borrowing from Richard Nixon, a man she worked to impeach while a staff member of the House Judiciary Committee in the early 1970s. Published October 7, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question from members of the media during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

A flood of presidential rhetoric

Hurricane Joaquin dumped large amounts of rain on the East Coast, but another "force of nature" flooded the country with so much rhetoric it was difficult for most people to keep up. Published October 5, 2015

Illustration on Calvin Coolidge's views on taxation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taxing propositions

The White House Historical Association is promoting a Christmas ornament honoring our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge. Published September 30, 2015

John Boehner    Associated Press photo

John Boehner, then and now

The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington where life is all about grabbing power and holding on to it, often until death they do part. Published September 28, 2015

Illustration on Islam and the presidency by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Heeding Ben Carson's warning

"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:15-16) Published September 23, 2015

Illustration on pruning back government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Carly Fiorina: Major leaguer

To invoke a baseball metaphor, Carly Fiorina has been called up from the minors to the major leagues. After her widely praised debate performance last week, she can expect "fastballs" to be thrown at her head, not only by some of her Republican opponents, but by Democrats. It has already started. Published September 21, 2015