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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 [email protected].

Articles by Cal Thomas

Illustration on the FACT Act by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unbalanced California 'FACT Act'

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether pro-life pregnancy help centers in California should be required to post notices informing women of the availability of abortions elsewhere. The pregnancy help centers are contesting the law, disingenuously named the California Reproductive FACT (Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency) Act, claiming it violates their free speech rights, as well as undercuts the reason for their existence. Published March 19, 2018

Climate Change Rations Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Apocalypse now?

Since the beginning of recorded history there have been end-of-the-world predictions. In recent years we have had radio preachers, politicians and scientists declare with certainty that the world would soon end, either because of our decadent lifestyle, or because of "global warming," now known as "climate change." Published March 14, 2018

Illustration on Trump's critics and his success by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How Trump critics respond to success

President Trump's critics, who include many establishment Republicans, are finding themselves left with few issues given the president's recent string of successes. Published March 12, 2018

North Korea's Broken Promises Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Only fools believe North Korea

To what shall North Korea's latest pronouncement to give up its nuclear weapons in exchange for certain "security" guarantees be compared? Published March 7, 2018

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2002 file photo, composer Harvey Schmidt appears at the final performance of "The Fantasticks," at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York. Schmidt died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at the age of 88. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg, File)

Harvey Schmidt was fantastic

You wonder how these things begin. For Harvey Schmidt, co-writer of the longest-running musical in history — who died last week at 88 — and his collaborator, Tom Jones, it began when the two were students at the University of Texas. Published March 5, 2018

Donald the Dragon Slayer Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Boldly going like no president before

Of all the promises candidate Donald Trump made during the 2016 presidential campaign, none will be more difficult to fulfill than cutting the size and cost of the federal government. That's because Congress, which must decide whether to keep a federal agency, has the final word in such matters and spending, especially since spending in one's home state or district, is what keeps so many of them in office. Who doubts that self-preservation is the primary objective of most members of Congress? Published February 28, 2018

Illustration on police protection of schools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why deterrence can work

MIAMI — The list of failures in the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, are becoming legion. If any or all of those failures had been addressed, 17 students and teachers might be alive today. Published February 26, 2018

Illustration on interference in the voting process by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Media bias and the vote

The indictment of 13 Russians and three companies for allegedly creating a "sophisticated network designed to subvert the 2016 election and to support the Trump campaign" is only half the story. While the Justice Department targeted foreign influence, others could have easily said something about the role U.S. media played in influencing the election's outcome. While not criminal, the U.S. media should at least be shamed for its unrestrained bias for and against both left and right. Published February 21, 2018

People participate in a candlelight vigil in memory of the 17 students and faculty who were killed in the Wednesday mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Warning signs ignored again

Reaction to the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and many more wounded begins at the wrong end. It's not about passing more gun laws, which people intent on breaking existing laws will not obey; rather it is about heeding warning signs and doing something before it is too late. Published February 19, 2018

Illustration on welfare and poverty by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The war that never ends

There is a war that has lasted longer than the one in Afghanistan. It is the so-called "war on poverty," launched by President Lyndon Johnson during his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964. Published February 14, 2018

Bipartisan Act Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Drowning in debt

In "Hamlet," Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines — and best advice — ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: "Neither a borrower nor a lender be " Published February 12, 2018

ADVANCE FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017 AND THEREAFTER -FILE - In this Saturday, April 26, 2014 file photo, the sun shines through concertina wire on a fence at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Nearly two years after the January 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prison inmates who killed as teenagers are capable of change and may deserve eventual freedom, the question remains unresolved: Which ones should get a second chance? (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Prison reform, the time is now

It didn't seem to fit in President Trump's State of the Union address, perhaps something tossed in at the last minute, like a garnish. But there it was: "As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life." Published February 7, 2018

Democrat Blinders Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The memo and the truth

Partisans tend to read, watch and listen only, or mostly, to information and opinions that reinforce their beliefs. If information surfaces that counters those beliefs, it is usually disparaged, excused or ignored. That's human nature. Published February 5, 2018

President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to a joint session of Congress Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

The state of President Trump

President Trump's first State of the Union address set a new standard. For himself. If he lives up to that standard in future speeches, he may go far in changing his image from a blustering, ad-libbing "entertainer," to someone who looks and sounds, shall I say it, more "presidential." Published January 31, 2018

Illustration on evangelicals attitude toward President Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A message for the evangelicals

"Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." Published January 29, 2018

Red States Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Mass exits from the blue states

One reason Democrats seem so fixated on importing illegal immigrants and allowing their children to stay and become citizens may be the exodus from high-tax and traditionally Democratic states. Published January 24, 2018

Illustration on the need for term limits by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Blame 'we the people' for the shutdown

If we don't like what is happening in Washington — and few do — the blame must be placed squarely where it belongs. It is "we the people" who send these people here. Published January 22, 2018

Illustration on gangster government by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Al Capone lives

"You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile." Published January 17, 2018

China Holding U.S. Debt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

China's big favor

Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? Published January 15, 2018