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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

Cheap Talk Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When hypocrisy loses all meaning

There was a time when calling someone a hypocrite could stain their reputation. No more. Like the overused and often misapplied word "racism," hypocrisy has lost the power to cause harm. Published June 17, 2019

American Debt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Deeper and deeper in debt

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, "Americans' debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 billion." Published June 12, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn at the White House, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Washington as he honors Team Penske for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Praying (or not) for the president

Only the most partisan person would begrudge prayers for the president of the United States, but a recent visit by President Trump to the mega McLean Bible Church in Virginia has rubbed some congregants the wrong way. Published June 10, 2019

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D-Day's 'forgotten' woman

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. Published June 5, 2019

Upside-Down Justice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Robert Mueller's upside-down justice

It's a familiar quote from Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist," but with special contemporary relevance in light of a statement last week by special counsel Robert Mueller: "'If the law supposes that,' said Mr. Bumble 'the law is a ass — a idiot.'" Published June 3, 2019

Illustration on Trump's uncredited role in the global economic revival by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

No credit where credit is due

The quote is attributed to President Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan kept it on his desk: "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." Published May 29, 2019

Illustration on John Walker Lindh by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Once a terrorist always a terrorist

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the release of self-admitted "American Taliban" member John Walker Lindh "unexplainable and unconscionable." Published May 27, 2019

Social Security Benefit Ship Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A problem for every solution

Among the many things that frustrate Americans about Washington, D.C., is the unwillingness — not inability, but unwillingness — to solve problems. Published May 22, 2019

A Change in Fortunes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The pro-life movement's moment

Since 1973, when Roe v. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand — including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to protect babies born alive after failed procedures — the pro-life movement has achieved few legislative victories. Published May 20, 2019

Illustration on Joe Biden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Back to the past with Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look like? Published May 13, 2019

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A solution to college debt

Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. Published May 8, 2019

Illustration on pioneering the Northwest Territory by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America's greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. Published May 6, 2019

Sign of the Times Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Signs of the times

It took a few days, but The New York Times finally got around to apologizing for publishing in its international edition a grossly anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke and being led by a dog resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dog wore a Star of David around its neck. Published May 1, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes members of the Baylor women's basketball team, who are the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champions, to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Democrats' economy problem

How long can Democrats continue to claim the roaring economy should be credited to the Obama administration? How many, except the self-deluded, actually believe this? Published April 29, 2019

FILE - In this May 13, 1975, file photo, Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia. The New York Yankees have suspended the use of Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. (AP Photo, File)

In defense of Kate Smith

The long arm of the PC police has reached back to the '30s and arrested, prosecuted and sentenced the late singer Kate Smith. Smith, who popularized Irving Berlin's song "God Bless America" and was a female pioneer in early television, recorded songs that today in hindsight are viewed as racist. Published April 24, 2019

Trump Attack Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

They've only just begun

Objectivity, like Elvis, long ago left the building in Washington and so the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being read and interpreted through mostly biased eyes. Published April 22, 2019

Illustration on the Costa Rican exeption to migrant trends by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The exception that is Costa Rica

In the ongoing U.S. debate about immigration, the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of those crossing our border from Mexico are from these nations. Why isn't Costa Rica experiencing a similar mass exodus? Published April 17, 2019

Flooding the sanctuary zones

In the category of Mad magazine's "scenes we'd like to see," comes President Trump's threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these places to vote to fund the wall along our southern border. Published April 15, 2019

Illustration on labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard a Foreign Terrorist organization by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

It's about time

President Trump has designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). It's about time. Other administrations might have done it, but didn't. Published April 10, 2019