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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 inspiring an internal change as a solution to ending poverty by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Solutions to poverty, not posturing

In sports, if a game plan is not working, the coach changes it. In medicine, if a course of treatment does not cure a disease, doctors try a different approach. In government, failure means nothing. Government keeps cash flowing with little regard for results. In government, failure endures. Published January 11, 2016

Illustration on increased gun control regulations by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Out of (gun) control

I'm still waiting for someone to show me how laws stop a person intent on breaking them. Published January 6, 2016

Illustration on the ancestral roots by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Roots and identity

Ever since the miniseries "Roots" was shown on ABC in 1977, Americans have demonstrated a keen interest in finding out more about where they came from and the names and circumstances of their ancestors. Published January 4, 2016

The Broken Record that is The New York Times Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking stock of big media

Taking stock is a tradition observed by Jews at Yom Kippur and others who examine their lives at the end of a year and vow to improve in the new year. Published December 30, 2015

The sum of all fears

President Obama and members of his administration assure us we have nothing to fear when it comes to terrorism. Whether you accept this or not -- and opinion polls show a majority do not -- there is another fear that in large part is behind the phenomenon known as Donald Trump. It is the fear we are in danger of losing America. Published December 28, 2015

No peace or goodwill

Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). Published December 23, 2015

Illustration on a composite presidential candidate         The Washington Times

GOP debate No. 5, and counting

Each of the Republican presidential candidates brings something good to the race for the GOP nomination and some things not so good. In the fifth and final GOP debate of the year, the candidates on the main stage, and even a few on the "undercard," presented ideas and positions that many Republican voters would consider far better than those of the president we have now. Published December 16, 2015

The hot air pollutes Paris

If representatives of the nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris for the U.N. Conference on Climate Change had instead formed a coalition to fight a real threat — Islamic terrorism — they might have accomplished something useful. Instead, what they came up with is a document that even Secretary of State John Kerry, in a rare moment of candor, confessed is pointless. Published December 14, 2015

Illustration on Shariah law courts in England by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Disorder in Shariah courts

Set aside for a moment the violent incidents associated with people claiming to act under the authority of their Islamic faith and consider instead what passes for normalcy. Published December 9, 2015

Frustrated Dove Departs Middle East Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The more things change

JERUSALEM -- More than a decade after my 19th trip to Israel and the Middle East, this 20th visit shows how some things have changed, but the important ones remain the same. Published December 2, 2015

The Islamification of Germany Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Invading Germany

In an ironic twist, Germany, which in the last century twice invaded other countries, contributing to two world wars, is now being invaded by hordes of Muslims. According to Pew Research Center, there are 4,760,000 Muslims in Germany, about 5.8 percent of its population, and that number is steadily growing. Published November 30, 2015

Separation of Church and State Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

John Kasich's bad idea

Conservatives are supposed to be against big government and opposed to the left's belief that problems can and should be solved by Washington. Published November 25, 2015

Syrian 'Tourist' Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Terrorists as 'tourists'

President Obama has put a new twist on the Islamic invasion now taking place across Europe and the United States. Speaking to reporters last week during his visit to the Philippines, the president compared Syrian refugees to "tourists," saying they are no bigger a threat than people who come to sightsee and visit attractions. Published November 23, 2015

Illustration on the current spate of college protests by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The race to riot on college campuses

College campuses are again in turmoil. According to The New York Times, "Racist, sexist and anti-Semitic incidents on and near college campuses from Dartmouth to Wisconsin to Stanford this fall have provoked worries by education and civil rights leaders that such acts are on the increase." Published November 18, 2015

Illustration on the lack of direction in the West in the face of Islamic extremism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Massacre in Paris

Just hours before the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, "Good Morning America" broadcast an interview with President Obama. In it, the president told host George Stephanopoulos, "I don't think they're gaining strength. Published November 16, 2015

"The Democrats have the ultimate super PAC, it is called the mainstream media," Marco Rubio said, before panning the way the "mainstream media" has handled Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press)

Is Rubio the one?

The Florida senator keeps building momentum. Published November 11, 2015

Obama Rejects Keystone Pipeline Project Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Keystone kaput for now

President Obama's unilateral rejection of the proposed KeystoneXL oil pipeline that would have brought petroleum and jobs to the United States is another in a long list of issues dominated by politics rather than common sense, economics and science. Published November 9, 2015

Illustration on the direction of the House of Representatives by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Once more with 'the vision thing'

It was George H.W. Bush who reportedly dismissed an idea from a friend that he should spend time at Camp David thinking about what he might do should he become president. According to a Jan. 26, 1987 article in Time magazine, Mr. Bush is said to have dismissed the suggestion with this line: "Oh, the vision thing." Published November 4, 2015