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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 syndicated columnist since 1984, he is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020). Readers may email Mr. Thomas at

Columns by Cal Thomas

Illustration on why Donald Trump should not be a candidate for president by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Trump should remove himself from 2024 presidential race

If, as seems likely, Donald Trump is indicted by a New York grand jury and if, as also seems likely, Mr. Trump is also indicted by a Georgia grand jury, then Mr. Trump should follow the example of Lyndon B. Johnson. Published March 20, 2023

Biden's 'Build Back Better' illustration by The Washington Times

Read Biden’s lips: More new taxes

President Biden has announced he will raise "some taxes" in the budget he is proposing this week to Congress. Published March 6, 2023

In this June 20, 2018, file photo, Mitt Romney smiles during a campaign event in American Fork, Utah. Mitt Romney isn't up for reelection this year, but his name is surfacing in Republican primaries throughout the nation. Candidates are using the label "Mitt Romney Republican" to frame opponents as insufficiently conservative and enemies of the Trump-era GOP Candidates have employed the concept in attack ads and talking points in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Mitt Romney’s only criticisms are of Republicans

A forthcoming biography of Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney reportedly includes the former presidential candidate's view that his party is sliding toward "authoritarianism." Published February 15, 2023

Illustration on Biden's attitude towards government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Misplaced faith in big government

While most of the public and media attention over the past two years has been focused on high prices and inflation, these issues take second place over the public's top concern, big government. Published February 1, 2023

President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Democratic lawmakers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s classified documents scandal? What scandal?

In our relativistic age in which everyone has his or her own "truth," and none is to be preferred over another so long as the individual feels good about it, why should anything be considered scandalous? Published January 25, 2023

FILE - Lisa Marie Presley arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Mad Max: Fury Road" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on May 7, 2015. Presley, singer and only child of Elvis, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, after a hospitalization, according to her mother, Priscilla Presley. She was 54. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The tragedy of Lisa Marie Presley

The death at age 54 of Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis, got me thinking again about the two-edged sword that is fame. Published January 18, 2023

Illustration of China as a threat to Taiwan and the world by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

China’s threat is not only to Taiwan

Last July, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, visited Jakarta, Indonesia, where he said China's military has become significantly more aggressive and dangerous over the past five years. Published January 16, 2023