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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 America's decline by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The decline of America

Two recent Gallup polls reveal an erosion of foundational principles that are key to a stable and enduring society. Published June 20, 2022

In this May 19, 2017, file photo, Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm talks in his office about the benefits of placing prosecutors with police officers in neighborhoods to address crime and seek alternatives to prison. (AP Photo/Ivan Moreno) ** FILE **

The missing element in the gun debate

The heightened debate over gun violence following the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, is leaving out one critical element. Published June 1, 2022

Law enforcement personnel walk outside Uvalde High School after shooting a was reported earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Texas shooting: A failure of several levels

There are no adjectives that can accurately describe the gruesome act committed by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Published May 30, 2022

Illustration on Biden's timid foreign policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

What is Team Biden’s foreign policy?

For the third time since becoming president, Joe Biden has said he would send U.S. forces to defend Taiwan should mainland China launch an attack. Published May 25, 2022

FILE - Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, of California, speaks during a news conference on May 19, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The conservative Catholic archbishop of San Francisco said Friday, May 20, 2022, that he would no longer allow Pelosi to receive Communion because of her support for abortion rights. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Pelosi rightfully denied Communion due to abortion stance

The archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, has announced he will no longer allow Nancy Pelosi to receive Communion because of her refusal to adhere to Catholic doctrine on unborn human life. Published May 23, 2022

Illustration on radical educational indoctrination in public schools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How children become progressives

How are progressives made? By cooking them in a public school six hours a day, five days a week, where they are seemingly indoctrinated with an ideology that contradicts the values of their parents. Published May 16, 2022

President Joe Biden speaks about inflation in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Whipping inflation — then and now

In 1974, when the inflation rate was 11.04%, President Gerald Ford came up with a slogan: "Whip Inflation Now." Published May 11, 2022

Illustration on the overturn of Roe v. Wade (abortion ruling) by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The end of Roe v. Wade?

Chief Justice John G. Roberts has confirmed the accuracy of a leaked document that revealed an initial majority vote to overturn Roe v. Wade. Published May 4, 2022

FILE - In this Sunday, July 17, 1955 file photo, Walt Disney sits on a rock in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Fantasyland section of Disneyland on opening day of the amusement theme park in Anaheim, Calif. A year earlier, Disney made his move. He succumbed to the lure of television and arranged to tie in the TV show (he hosted) with a Disneyland park. (AP Photo)

What would Walt Disney think?

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill passed by the Republican-majority legislature that revokes a special tax exemption and other privileges for Walt Disney World in Orlando. Published April 25, 2022