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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

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

Bob Beckel (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bob Beckel should be dead

In Washington, most stories that make the newspapers and evening newscasts are about scandals and political infighting. Rarely is there one about redemption. Published November 2, 2015

Illustration on recent California laws on euthanasia and abortion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The state of death in California

Shortly after signing a bill allowing assisted suicide in California, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed another measure that forces pregnancy crisis centers to "offer information about affordable contraception, abortion and prenatal care." Published October 28, 2015

Illustration on Hillary's eluding political harm from the Benghazi hearings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary escapes again

A special House committee investigating the terrorist attack in Benghazi, on Sept. 11, 2012 that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans may have helped Hillary Clinton become president of the United States. Published October 26, 2015

Illustration on the efficacy of traditional virtue by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Doing for yourself

A recent New York Times headline read, "Raising Taxes on the Wealthiest Would Pay for Bold Plans." The story says that by soaking the rich, "the government could raise large amounts of revenue while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income." Published October 21, 2015

Illustration on Iran's threat to Israel's existence by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Another meeting of unlike minds

When President Obama meets in Washington Nov. 9 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I would imagine Mr. Netanyahu's main concern will be to find out exactly what the United States means by "infringement" as it applies to the Iran nuclear agreement. Published October 19, 2015

Illustration on the stale content of the Democrat candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Deconstructing the Democratic presidential debate

Watching the Democratic candidates' presidential debate Tuesday night, one might think a Republican has been in the White House since 2009. These political Lilliputians could find little to say that was positive. Published October 14, 2015

Banana Republicans?

Republicans should look to Rep. Jim Jordan for real leadership. Published October 12, 2015

Hillary Make-over Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The 'new' Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton is borrowing from Richard Nixon, a man she worked to impeach while a staff member of the House Judiciary Committee in the early 1970s. Published October 7, 2015

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question from members of the media during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

A flood of presidential rhetoric

Hurricane Joaquin dumped large amounts of rain on the East Coast, but another "force of nature" flooded the country with so much rhetoric it was difficult for most people to keep up. Published October 5, 2015

Illustration on Calvin Coolidge's views on taxation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taxing propositions

The White House Historical Association is promoting a Christmas ornament honoring our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge. Published September 30, 2015

John Boehner    Associated Press photo

John Boehner, then and now

The announcement by House Speaker John Boehner that he is retiring at the end of October stunned Washington where life is all about grabbing power and holding on to it, often until death they do part. Published September 28, 2015

Illustration on Islam and the presidency by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Heeding Ben Carson's warning

"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:15-16) Published September 23, 2015

Illustration on pruning back government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Carly Fiorina: Major leaguer

To invoke a baseball metaphor, Carly Fiorina has been called up from the minors to the major leagues. After her widely praised debate performance last week, she can expect "fastballs" to be thrown at her head, not only by some of her Republican opponents, but by Democrats. It has already started. Published September 21, 2015

Republican Wealth Building Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A liberal dose of Bernie

Self-declared socialist and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders entered what his supporters must consider the belly of the beast on Monday. He spoke at the conservative evangelical Liberty University in Virginia. Published September 16, 2015

Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes in "A Face in the Crowd"

Trump is 'Lonesome Rhodes'

Rarely and perhaps not in modern times has a presidential campaign more resembled the classic 1957 film, "A Face in the Crowd." Written by Budd Schulberg and starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, the storyline follows an Arkansas hayseed named Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (Griffith), whom Marcia Jeffries (Neal) discovers in a county jail. Published September 14, 2015

Forcing the Christian View Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Two kingdoms in conflict over same-sex marriage

Let's get something straight. America has never been a "Christian nation." Those who believe otherwise have an obligation to say what part of our history was uniquely Christian. Was it when slavery was legal? How about when women were denied the vote? The Gilded Age? The Roaring '20s? Published September 9, 2015

President Barack Obama walks from the White House and to board Marine One helicopter, Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, in Washington, for the short trip to Andrews Air Force Base and onto Boston where he will speak at the Greater Boston Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The point of no return

In aviation it's called the point of no return. That point in a flight when catastrophe strikes and the airplane, because of low fuel or mechanical impairment, cannot make it safely back to its takeoff point. Published September 7, 2015

EU Immigration Beaker Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Exchanging one country for another

Back when I was in school, I performed a scientific experiment in which I poured a liquid of one color into a beaker that contained liquid of a different color. Published September 2, 2015