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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

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

Illustration on the state of intellectual life in the nation and on college campuses by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Where have all the intellectuals gone?

The new slim Republican majority in the House of Representatives lacks something besides its slim majority and the battle over leadership positions. It lacks intellectual depth. Published January 4, 2023

Illustration on Thanksgiving by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Thanksgiving according to whom?

One definition of "thanksgiving" is this: "Public celebration acknowledging divine favors." The word implies an object to whom thanks should be given. Published November 23, 2022