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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 the growing threat from Muslim extremism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Europe is waking up to the threat

Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration from predominately North African and other Muslim regions, some European nations are awakening to what this could mean for their countries and are responding, hoping it's not too late. Published July 9, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in Fargo, N.D. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump supporters compared to cultists

Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Sen. Corker as saying: "It's becoming a cultish thing, isn't it? It's not a good place for any party to end up with a cult-like situation as it relates to a president that happens to be of — purportedly — of the same party." Published July 4, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks to faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania law school, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Back to the Constitution

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court is about to bring a 60-year battle to a head. Published July 2, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Bigotry returns to Virginia

As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember "colored only" restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in the 1950s were mostly segregated, as they had been since first established in 1870. Published June 25, 2018

Last Hope Before Election Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The politics behind separation anxiety

Need proof that the current controversy over children of undocumented immigrants is more political than humanitarian? Hillary Clinton said she was "adamantly against illegal immigrants" and supported a border wall until she ran for president in 2016. Published June 20, 2018

Illustration on bias at the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bias and the beholder

Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against non-whites? Published June 18, 2018

FILE - In this March 31, 2015 file photo,  Charles Krauthammer talks about getting into politics during a news conference in Corpus Christi, Texas.   The Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist says he has only a few weeks to live because of an aggressive form of cancer. Krauthammer disclosed his doctors prognosis in a letter released Friday, June 8, 2018  to colleagues, friends and viewers. Krauthammer wrote that he underwent surgery in August to remove a cancerous tumor in his abdomen.   (Gabe Hernandez/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

A tribute to Charles Krauthammer

I have often thought that tributes to those we love are best made when the object of our affection is still with us, rather than at their funerals. Published June 13, 2018

U. S. Donald Trump gives North Korea leader Kim Jong Un a thumbs up at their meeting at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Lessons for the Trump-Kim summit

The unprecedented, historic and weird summit (Dennis Rodman might be there) between President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un, scheduled to begin Tuesday, if there are no surprises, could produce the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, or just more of the same lies and dissembling from North Korea we have seen before. Published June 11, 2018

Baker Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, manages his shop after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that he could refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because his religious beliefs did not violate Colorado's anti-discrimination law Monday, June 4, 2018, in Lakewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) **FILE**

The politics of cake

Nothing appears beyond the reach of the social engineers, not even cake. Published June 6, 2018

FILE - In this May 16, 2018 file photo, television host Samantha Bee attends the Turner Networks 2018 Upfront at One Penn Plaza in New York.  Bee is apologizing to Ivanka Trump and her viewers for using an expletive to describe the president's daughter.  Bee issued a statement Thursday that says her language was "inappropriate and inexcusable." She says she crossed a line and deeply regrets it.  (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Different standards for the left

We've come a long way from harmless playground jibes like "your mother wears combat boots," to those of today from the likes of Samantha Bee and other leftist "entertainers" who say things about President Trump and his family that are so vulgar they can't be printed in a newspaper or quoted on television. Published June 4, 2018

Illustration on the Irish abortion vote by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ireland votes to play God

The scientific, moral and theological battle between life as an "endowed unalienable" right and the evolutionary view that we are just material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe with no author of life, no purpose for living and no destination after we die has been won in Ireland by the evolutionists. Published May 30, 2018

Illustration on NFL mistreatment of cheerleaders by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The NFL isn't through flagging bad behavior

It took two years, boycotts by fans, declining TV ratings, growing alarm among advertisers, a drop in the sale of gear and especially a public shaming by President Trump, but the owners of NFL teams have finally decided their players will not be allowed to kneel or make other protests during the playing of the national anthem. Published May 28, 2018

This April 20, 2018, photo shows a dealer conducting a game of roulette at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City N.J. Figures released by New Jersey gambling regulators on Tuesday May 22, show that Atlantic City's seven casinos saw their gross operating profit decline by nearly 12 percent in the first quarter of 2018, to $123.6 million. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Gambling on sports is a bad bet

Human nature being what it is, it should come as no shock that the next level of approved gambling in America is sports betting. States already have casinos, the lottery and other ways of separating money from the weak for their ravenous and bottomless coffers, so why not allow betting on sports contests? Published May 23, 2018

Illustration on congressional Republican spending habits by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Republican fear factor

When President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he could not have foreseen today's Republican Party. Published May 21, 2018

Illustration on rude political discourse by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The coarsening of political language

Here in Australia, "Question Time" has long been one of my favorite exercises of parliamentary democracy. The prime minister and government ministers appear before other elected members in support of their policies, while the opposition asks pointed and sometimes funny questions in an effort to belittle those policies. Published May 16, 2018

Illustration on Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The bitterness tour

When you hear "world tour" you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Published May 14, 2018

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who claims that "backing out" of the Iran deal undermines America's credibility around the world. (Associated Press/File)

One president at a time

Following the 2016 election, President Obama rightly warned the Trump transition team "we only have one president at a time." It was a reminder that there can be just one person articulating American foreign policy so world leaders will have no doubt as to the United States' intentions. Published May 9, 2018

Illustration on the stress on Trump's media defenders by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The exhaustion factor

The "wall of protection" conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Published May 7, 2018