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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

In this Belgian Federal Police hand out picture made available Thursday April 7, 2016  the third suspect, of the  recent  attack on Brussels airport is shown, indicated in box, during his escape from the airport after the blasts. (Belgian Federal Police via AP)

Where are they now?

LONDON -- It's called Frontex and, according to its website, the agency "promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the [European Union] fundamental rights charter applying the concept of Integrated Border Management." Published April 11, 2016

Took a Wrong Turn in the '60s Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Whose morality?

In a recent interview for the BBC2 series "Inside Obama's White House," President Obama sounded somewhat wistful as he spoke to an interviewer about how he has tried to use his voice "to move things toward a more ethical and moral outcome." Published April 6, 2016

Free Stuff for All Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Can't we do better?

Occasionally, I am asked if I ever considered running for political office. My response: "I did once, but I took two aspirin, lay down for a while and the feeling went away." Published April 4, 2016

Judge Merrick Garland, left, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 30, 2016.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

No copyright on hypocrisy

Neither political party can lay claim to purity when it comes to hypocrisy, but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as others in her party, has taken hypocrisy to new depths. Published March 30, 2016

The Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Lanham, Maryland. (The Washington Times)

Must terrorism be the new normal?

Are the increasing incidents of terrorist attacks in Europe the "new normal"? Must Europeans and Americans become resigned to the inevitability of regular jihadi assaults? Published March 28, 2016

President Barack Obama waves goodbye as he boards Air Force One on his way to Argentina, as he leaves Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Capping his remarkable visit to Cuba, Obama declared an end to the "last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas" and openly urged the Cuban people to pursue a more democratic future. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The 'apology tour' comes full circle

At the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama traveled to Cairo, Europe and the United Nations to "apologize" for past American actions and attitudes, which he claimed helped create divisions between countries. Published March 23, 2016

A liberal garland for Garland

Whenever I hear the words "centrist" or "moderate," especially when they come from The New York Times and The Washington Post, the words "liberal" and "cover-up" immediately come to mind. Published March 21, 2016

Illustration on Iran's continued violations of the Obama nuclear deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Iran's missiles and the nuclear deal

It seems like only yesterday -- and in diplomatic terms it was -- that the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress were assuring us the nuclear deal with Iran was something to celebrate, as one might laud the winning of a Nobel Peace Prize. Published March 16, 2016

"I think that the American people are never going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims, who insults women, who insults African-Americans," Sen. Bernard Sanders said at a presidential primary debate in Miami. (Associated Press)

'White poverty and me'

In his continuing effort to pit races and classes against each other, Democratic presidential candidate and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders has said that if you are white, "you don't know what it's like to be poor." Published March 9, 2016

Illustration on the shiny distractions of Hillary and the Donald by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Razzle dazzling ourselves

It should not surprise anyone that nonthinking and self-focus has fueled the rise of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. Published March 7, 2016

Pitchforks around the capital

In the film "Girl, Interrupted," the character played by Winona Ryder is watching TV in a psychiatric hospital. There is a news report about a demonstration and the narrator says: "We live in troubled times. The institutions we once trusted no longer seem reliable." Published March 2, 2016

Sewer Politics Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Sewer politics

I was going to write about how the Republican presidential campaign has become gutter politics, but given Donald Trump's horrid statements, the gutter would be a step up, because things have descended into the sewer. Published February 29, 2016

The Schumer SCOTUS Appointment Waffle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Schumer-Biden test

Everyone knows the meaning of the word "hypocrite," and no one can claim absolute constancy when it comes to living a life consistent with one's stated values. But in this election year, hypocrisy is on full display. It is now being practiced with neither shame nor irony by leading Democrats, who once forcefully argued positions they have now abandoned. Published February 24, 2016

Illustration on Donald Trump's appeal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The 'itching ears' of Trump's fans

Since religious language has again infected this unpredictable and turbulent political season, here is a verse that could describe the followers of Donald Trump. Published February 22, 2016

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Antonin Scalia's successor

Few people in modern history have fulfilled their oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution" more than the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Published February 17, 2016

Illustration on the increase of covetousness in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Not the America I knew

Envy is defined by Dictionary.com as "a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc." That perfectly characterizes the entire political philosophy of the Democratic progressive left. Published February 15, 2016

Illustration on reaction to the Super Bowl Doritos ad by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Chipping away at pro-abortion misinformation

In a day when the most innocuous thing can quickly become political, a Doritos Super Bowl commercial has upset some people who want abortion to be an unrestricted right. Published February 10, 2016

Illustration on the vision of America offered by Hillary and Bernie by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bernie and Hillary's America

Watching last Thursday's debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight years. Published February 8, 2016