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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

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

The Schumer SCOTUS Appointment Waffle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Schumer-Biden test

Everyone knows the meaning of the word "hypocrite," and no one can claim absolute constancy when it comes to living a life consistent with one's stated values. But in this election year, hypocrisy is on full display. It is now being practiced with neither shame nor irony by leading Democrats, who once forcefully argued positions they have now abandoned. Published February 24, 2016

Illustration on Donald Trump's appeal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The 'itching ears' of Trump's fans

Since religious language has again infected this unpredictable and turbulent political season, here is a verse that could describe the followers of Donald Trump. Published February 22, 2016

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Antonin Scalia's successor

Few people in modern history have fulfilled their oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution" more than the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Published February 17, 2016

Illustration on the increase of covetousness in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Not the America I knew

Envy is defined by as "a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc." That perfectly characterizes the entire political philosophy of the Democratic progressive left. Published February 15, 2016

Illustration on reaction to the Super Bowl Doritos ad by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Chipping away at pro-abortion misinformation

In a day when the most innocuous thing can quickly become political, a Doritos Super Bowl commercial has upset some people who want abortion to be an unrestricted right. Published February 10, 2016

Illustration on the vision of America offered by Hillary and Bernie by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bernie and Hillary's America

Watching last Thursday's debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight years. Published February 8, 2016

The Failure of Multiculturalism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failure of multiculturalism

Just as radar warns of approaching storms, so does the flood of migrants entering Europe warn us of a deluge yet to come, not only for Europeans, if they continue to allow unrestricted immigration, but for the United States. Published February 3, 2016

Gov. Bill Clinton on "The Arsenio Hall Show" June 3, 1992.

The United States of Trump

In the beginning there was a combative media. Dating back to Colonial America, as Eric Burns has chronicled in his book, "Infamous Scribblers," politicians and journalists have mostly had a love (for Democrats)-hate (for Republicans) relationship. It is television and the advent of the celebrity culture -- from TMZ to "Entertainment Tonight," to now even broadcast news -- that has taken the process to new depths. Published February 1, 2016

Illustration on doing business with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

With Iran it's strictly business

For anyone whose knowledge of history extends beyond the current season of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" or the latest instant replay of an NFL game, the four days of meetings involving Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, European leaders and businesses should remind people we have seen this show before. Published January 27, 2016

TRUMP Poster Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Not Trump

When the publisher of National Review, Jack Fowler, called and asked me to write 300 words on why I oppose Donald Trump for president of the United States, my first thought was about the derision that was sure to come from Trump supporters. Published January 25, 2016

Illustration on hostages by Jon Krause/Tribune Content Agency

Dollars for hostages

Every American should be glad that American hostages have been freed by the tyrannical Iranian regime and are being reunited with family, friends and co-workers. Published January 20, 2016

Return of the Housing Bubble Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Too big to fail, the sequel

Movie sequels are rarely as good as the original films on which they're based. The same dictum, it appears, holds for finance. The 2008 housing market collapse was bad enough, but it appears now that we're on the verge of experiencing it all again. And the financial sequel, working from a similar script as its original version, could prove to be just as devastating to the American taxpayer. Published January 18, 2016