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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

Articles by Cal Thomas

Bill de Blasio     Associated Press photo

The false god of politics

Far-left politicians apparently believe that their philosophy is not receiving the worship it is due, despite a track record of failure. Published May 20, 2015

Illustration on lost ethical traditions in journalism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Who is a journalist?

My first job in journalism was as a copyboy at the NBC News Bureau in Washington, D.C. In my early 20s, I asked Bill Corrigan, the newsroom manager, "What must I do to get on the air?" He replied, "Get a college degree and a minimum of five years writing experience with a newspaper or wire service." Published May 18, 2015

Baltimore's problems are not rooted in racist police

Attorney General Loretta Lynch has announced a Justice Department investigation to determine whether the Baltimore Police Department's practices are unconstitutional and violate civil rights; in short, whether or not the police force there is racist. It will come as no surprise if the investigation concludes that it is, because accusing the department of racism diverts attention from the city's real problem: Baltimore, a laboratory for liberal policies, is a failed city that has shortchanged the poor for decades. Published May 13, 2015

Illustration on the Conservative victory in the aftermath of Britain's 2015 elections by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Britain's surprising Conservatives

BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- "Shocked," "surprised," "stunned" were some of the words used by broadcasters, columnists, political "experts" and pollsters when a Conservative Party victory was forecast by exit polls on election night. Published May 11, 2015

Illustration on the Islamic Sharia roots of the Garland Texas terrorists by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The terrorists among us

Now would be a good time to hear from our elected officials -- and the presidential candidates -- about what they intend to do to fight and win this war. Published May 6, 2015

British election pie illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unruly Britannia

They called it "Question Time," borrowing the term from the prime minister's weekly appearance in the House of Commons, but this was surprisingly and refreshingly different. Published May 4, 2015

Until the court do us part?

If we erase the boundaries that have guided humanity for generations, we weaken our society. Published April 29, 2015

Illustration on media effluvia's negative impact on America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Another signpost on the road to destruction

When future historians analyze the decline of America, they need look no further than the trivialities increasingly occupying our time and concerns instead of substantive matters seriously threatening our existence. Published April 27, 2015

Illustration on failed civics education in the nation's schools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Flunking civics means apathy reigns

It's an old joke, but one that is a commentary on our times. A pollster asks: "What do you think about the level of ignorance and apathy in the country?" The person replies: "I don't know and I don't care." Published April 20, 2015

Scene from the movie "Little Boy"

'Little Boy': A classic modern film

There are classic films, like the ones on TCM and AMC, and there are modern films. There are few modern classics. "Little Boy," in theaters April 24, could be a modern classic. Published April 15, 2015

The 'new' Hillary Clinton

In the video announcing her presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton says the economic deck "is still stacked in favor of those at the top." Published April 13, 2015

Carly Fiorina             Associated Press photo

Carly Fiorina, a woman of accomplishment

When people speak of "the first woman president" they usually mean Hillary Clinton, who is expected to announce her candidacy soon. Published April 8, 2015

FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, April 2, 2015, from left, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, British Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, line up for a press announcement after a new round of Nuclear Iran Talks in the Learning Center at the Swiss federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland. If, as critics contend, the nuclear framework deal between world powers and Tehran ends up projecting U.S. weakness instead, that could embolden rogue states and extremists alike, and make the region's vast array of challenges even more impervious to Western intervention. (AP Photo/Keystone, Jean-Christophe Bott, File)

The devil in the nuclear details

Too bad the "framework" of a nuclear weapons deal with Iran didn't come four days earlier on April Fools' Day. It would have been more appropriate. Published April 6, 2015

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law's supporters contend the discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

Indiana and the culture wars

The uproar about Indiana's law is political theater. It is also a trap set by the Left, which Republicans risk falling into. Published April 1, 2015

Illustration on Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How do you solve a problem like the Clintons?

This being the 50th anniversary of the film "The Sound of Music," please permit me a poor adaptation of a few of its song lyrics, which fit in nicely with our current political climate. Published March 30, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, his wife Heidi, and their two daughters Catherine, 4, left, and Caroline, 6, right, wave on stage after he announced his campaign for president, Monday, March 23, 2015, at Liberty University, founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, in Lynchburg, Va. Cruz, who announced his candidacy on twitter in the early morning hours, is the first major candidate in the 2016 race for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A better 2016 agenda

Focusing on what works is better than ideological bomb-throwing. Published March 25, 2015

Illustration on the Iranian nuclear threat to Israel by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

How a bad Iran deal could destroy Israel

In 1982, during one of many visits to Israel, I had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who told me, "Israel needs friends." He added that in the end, his nation could not trust any nation with its fate and security. The protection of Israel, he said, was ultimately the responsibility of Israelis. Published March 23, 2015

Illustration on love, forgiveness and racial harmony by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The power of forgiveness

Turn on the news and you expect to see people of different races and politics denouncing each other. That's why what happened last week on "The Kelly File," Megyn Kelly's Fox News program, was so remarkable. Published March 16, 2015