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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

Jack Huston in a scene from Ben Hur      Paramount/MGM

The third coming of 'Ben-Hur'

Since Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ" grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom lines and reach a demographic they have mostly ignored for decades. Published August 3, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech            The Washington Times

Hillary's recycled speech

Environmentalists should be pleased with Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, because it was largely recycled talking points we have heard for decades. Published August 1, 2016

Trump on TV Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump's acceptance speech

Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was too long -- 75 minutes -- and too loud. Modulation is the key to good public speaking. One's voice should rise and fall like the tide, which allows really important points to be made whether the volume is low or high. His adult children are better speakers. Published July 25, 2016

Illustration on the dilemma of reform in a nation's leadership by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cause and effect

In 1926, speaking about the Declaration of Independence on its 150th anniversary, President Calvin Coolidge noted the unique philosophy behind the creation of the United States: "We cannot continue to enjoy the result, if we neglect and abandon the cause." Published July 20, 2016

Illustration on the complementary qualities of Donald Trump and Mike Pence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pence is salt to Trump's pepper

The announcement by Donald Trump of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate had not yet been made official last Thursday, but that didn't stop the hard left from hauling out its familiar and overused rhetoric. Published July 18, 2016

Illustration on the potential May/Trump leadership in world affairs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A replay of Thatcher and Reagan?

Is Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher reincarnated? There are similarities. Published July 13, 2016

Illustration on racial harmony by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The race narrative

In just the last few days, two African-American men were shot and killed by non-African-American police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana, and five non-African-American police officers were shot and killed in Dallas by an African-American man who declared he "wanted to kill white people, especially white officers." The gap in our racially divided country has never been wider. Published July 11, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses a gathering on the Boardwalk Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A free pass for Hillary

FBI Director James Comey has given Hillary Clinton something better than a get-out-of-jail-free card. He's protected her from indictment by recommending to the Department of Justice that she not be prosecuted for her and her staff's "extremely careless" handling of emails on private servers that included documents classified as "top secret," "secret" and "confidential." Published July 6, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she speaks during a rally in Raleigh, N.C., in this June 22, 2016, file photo. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Hillary Clinton and identity politics

Have you heard that Hillary Clinton is the "first woman" ever to be nominated for president by a major political party? Of course you have. The media have repeated the line so often it is broken news. Published July 4, 2016

Illustration on Donald Trump's "Christian" faith by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Campaign conversion?

Following a meeting between a group of evangelical leaders and Donald Trump last week, James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, was interviewed by Pennsylvania pastor Michael Anthony. Mr. Dobson told Mr. Anthony that Mr. Trump had recently come "to accept a relationship with Christ" and is now a "baby Christian." Published June 29, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she "sighs" talking about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Character no longer counts

Ranking right up there with the line, "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?" is this recent headline in The Washington Times: "Honesty issues aside, voters still back Hillary Clinton, poll shows." Published June 22, 2016

Illustration Gun Free Zone by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

Logic-free zone

Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, recently disclosed that a congressional investigation has found at least 72 employees of the Department of Homeland Security listed on the U.S. terrorist watch list. Published June 20, 2016

Illustration on ISIS by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Needed: A declaration of war

Credit President Obama for finally using the words he has desperately tried to avoid during his presidency. He correctly called the mass shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub Sunday morning, which killed 49 and injured 53, "an act of terror." It was, writes The New York Times, the "deadliest attack on a gay target in the nation's history." Published June 13, 2016

Donald Trump    Illustration by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Explaining Donald Trump

If there is one explanation for Donald Trump's success it is this: Unlike most Republicans, he fights back. He may not have the late Muhammad Ali's finesse, but he sees himself as more than capable of dealing a "knockout" punch to Hillary Clinton in November. That ought to be the goal of any Republican presidential nominee. Published June 8, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Lynwood, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hillary and the 'what if' scenarios

Some believe that soon after Tuesday's final presidential primaries the FBI will interview Hillary Clinton about her handling of emails while she was secretary of state. What comes next is the subject of much speculation. Published June 6, 2016

Illustration on the remake of "Roots" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Snoop Dogg is right

My musical tastes do not include rap and hip-hop, but when Snoop Dogg comments on the "Roots" remake, saying he is tired of movies about slavery and would prefer a series "about the success that black folks are having," he is singing my song. Published June 1, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's disregard for law by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Rules? What rules?

"Rules are made to be broken" is a saying that has many variations, but perhaps no one has summed up Hillary Clinton's attitude (and Bill's, too) about rules more than the late science-fiction writer, Robert A. Heinlein, who said: "I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do." Published May 30, 2016