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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

The False Promise of Socialism Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Socialism's false promise

Given its track record, one wonders why socialism is gaining in popularity in the United States and what appeal it has to a generation that, apparently, knows little about it. Published May 4, 2016

Trumpenstein Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Who to blame for the rise of Trump?

Dr. Frankenstein created the monster that bore his name, and if Dr. Jekyll had not conducted those experiments in his laboratory, Mr. Hyde would never have emerged to terrorize London. Published May 2, 2016

Interaction Between God and Politics Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

God and politics reconsidered

LOUISVILLE - Religion and politics are again at the forefront of this year's presidential race. Yet, in this campaign, self-described evangelicals don't seem as concerned as they once were about a candidate's personal faith. Published April 27, 2016

The Felon Vote in Virginia Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The felon vote

Thanks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 200,000 convicted felons in the state of Virginia may now register to vote. Published April 25, 2016

Illustration on the booming Irish economy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Celtic tiger lives

DUBLIN -- They called it the Celtic Tiger, a period of prosperity between 1995 and 2008, during which everything in Ireland appeared to come up shamrocks. Published April 20, 2016

Illustration on releasing information on Saudi connection to 911 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Saudis channel the mafia

The mafia, in its heyday, ran lucrative protection rackets. Pay them and your business would be kept safe from "unforeseen" threats. Don't pay them and your business might go up in smoke with you inside. Published April 18, 2016

In this Belgian Federal Police hand out picture made available Thursday April 7, 2016  the third suspect, of the  recent  attack on Brussels airport is shown, indicated in box, during his escape from the airport after the blasts. (Belgian Federal Police via AP)

Where are they now?

LONDON -- It's called Frontex and, according to its website, the agency "promotes, coordinates and develops European border management in line with the [European Union] fundamental rights charter applying the concept of Integrated Border Management." Published April 11, 2016

Took a Wrong Turn in the '60s Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Whose morality?

In a recent interview for the BBC2 series "Inside Obama's White House," President Obama sounded somewhat wistful as he spoke to an interviewer about how he has tried to use his voice "to move things toward a more ethical and moral outcome." Published April 6, 2016

Free Stuff for All Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Can't we do better?

Occasionally, I am asked if I ever considered running for political office. My response: "I did once, but I took two aspirin, lay down for a while and the feeling went away." Published April 4, 2016

Judge Merrick Garland, left, President Barack Obama’s choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, meets with Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 30, 2016.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

No copyright on hypocrisy

Neither political party can lay claim to purity when it comes to hypocrisy, but Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as others in her party, has taken hypocrisy to new depths. Published March 30, 2016

The Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Lanham, Maryland. (The Washington Times)

Must terrorism be the new normal?

Are the increasing incidents of terrorist attacks in Europe the "new normal"? Must Europeans and Americans become resigned to the inevitability of regular jihadi assaults? Published March 28, 2016

President Barack Obama waves goodbye as he boards Air Force One on his way to Argentina, as he leaves Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. Capping his remarkable visit to Cuba, Obama declared an end to the "last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas" and openly urged the Cuban people to pursue a more democratic future. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The 'apology tour' comes full circle

At the beginning of his presidency, Barack Obama traveled to Cairo, Europe and the United Nations to "apologize" for past American actions and attitudes, which he claimed helped create divisions between countries. Published March 23, 2016

A liberal garland for Garland

Whenever I hear the words "centrist" or "moderate," especially when they come from The New York Times and The Washington Post, the words "liberal" and "cover-up" immediately come to mind. Published March 21, 2016

Illustration on Iran's continued violations of the Obama nuclear deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Iran's missiles and the nuclear deal

It seems like only yesterday -- and in diplomatic terms it was -- that the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress were assuring us the nuclear deal with Iran was something to celebrate, as one might laud the winning of a Nobel Peace Prize. Published March 16, 2016

"I think that the American people are never going to elect a president who insults Mexicans, who insults Muslims, who insults women, who insults African-Americans," Sen. Bernard Sanders said at a presidential primary debate in Miami. (Associated Press)

'White poverty and me'

In his continuing effort to pit races and classes against each other, Democratic presidential candidate and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders has said that if you are white, "you don't know what it's like to be poor." Published March 9, 2016

Illustration on the shiny distractions of Hillary and the Donald by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Razzle dazzling ourselves

It should not surprise anyone that nonthinking and self-focus has fueled the rise of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. Published March 7, 2016

Pitchforks around the capital

In the film "Girl, Interrupted," the character played by Winona Ryder is watching TV in a psychiatric hospital. There is a news report about a demonstration and the narrator says: "We live in troubled times. The institutions we once trusted no longer seem reliable." Published March 2, 2016

Sewer Politics Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Sewer politics

I was going to write about how the Republican presidential campaign has become gutter politics, but given Donald Trump's horrid statements, the gutter would be a step up, because things have descended into the sewer. Published February 29, 2016