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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, he is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020). Readers may email Mr. Thomas at [email protected].

Articles by Cal Thomas

Illustration on the decline of teaching about history by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Teaching U.S. history to American students lags behind all subjects

According to a report by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the teaching of U.S. history to American students lags behind all other subject matters. The latest NAEP survey finds that proficiency levels for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are in the 20, 18 and 12th percentile, respectively. Published November 13, 2019

Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to reporters after witnesses failed to appear under subpoena before House impeachment investigators following President Donald Trump's orders not to cooperate with the probe, in Washington, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. John Eisenberg, the lead lawyer for the National Security Council, and National Security Council aide Michael Ellis, were scheduled to testify early Monday but not appear. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Dems last gasp to smear Trump

If you are paying attention to the Washington circus that is the impeachment inquiry into President Trump's handling of the much maligned Ukraine call, this is what real collusion looks like. Published November 11, 2019

Does Trump need spiritual adviser Paula White-Cain?

As far as I can tell from a reading of history, while some presidents were friends of clergy, who sometimes advised them, to my knowledge, none hired them as staff members. Until the presidency of Richard Nixon. Published November 6, 2019

Illustration on the president's advisors by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The importance of 'no-men'

Shortly after Jim Bakker's release from prison in July 1994, I invited the disgraced TV evangelist to my home. There was an important question I wanted to ask him. Published November 4, 2019

Illustration on Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Hillary Clinton vs. Tulsi Gabbard smackdown

Last week, Mrs. Clinton accused Congresswoman Gabbard of being a "Russian asset" as she offered new excuses beyond the real ones for why she lost the 2016 election. Published October 21, 2019

President Trump's caustic personality

Depending on the polls you read and how you read them, nearly half of those surveyed want the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump to continue. Published October 16, 2019

Illustration on the state of American journalism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Reforming Journalism' offers new insight into media bias

In his latest book, "Reforming Journalism," Marvin Olasky dismisses the notion of "objectivity" in journalism. Everyone has a belief system, he argues, and it influences how each person approaches stories. Published October 14, 2019

FILE - In this May 28, 1972 file photo, U.S. Sen. George McGovern, D-S.D., appears on TV 's "Face the Nation." The Sunday morning public affairs show "Face the Nation" celebrates 60 years of broadcasts this week, making it the second longest-running television program on the air. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins, File)

Trump channels George McGovern

Does the president seriously believe Mr. Erdogan will bow to threats from one he likely considers an "infidel" leader of the "great Satan," as another Islamist state, Iran, has called us? Published October 9, 2019

The Shiney Jewel of Impeachment Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Democrats and anti-Trump media's 'Twilight Zone'

Democrats are going through the motions of impeachment, hoping to thwart the president's re-election. They know the Senate is unlikely to convict him should impeachment articles be approved. Published October 7, 2019

Faith, President Trump and the political power debate

The debate about political power and authority among those who profess the Christian faith has raged since the 1st century. In modern America, the debate raged throughout Jimmy Carter's presidency and more recently through the presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The debate now looms large for Donald Trump. Published October 2, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. holds up a copy of a released transcript of a phone call between President Donald Trump and the President of Ukraine as Schumer speaks to the media about an impeachment inquiry on President Trump, Wednesday Sept. 25, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ukraine, a political rerun for Democrats

The same bunch who brought us the failed Russian "collusion" story, the sliming of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and charges that President Trump is a racist, are now rerunning the same show with different characters. Published September 30, 2019

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends an interview with the Associated Press before the Climate Strike, at City Hall, in New York. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is among four people named Wednesday as the winners of a Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "Alternative Nobel." Thunberg is being recognized "for inspiring and amplifying political demands for urgent climate action reflecting scientific facts," the prize foundation said. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

Greta Thunberg's message of climate doom misses the mark

How much credibility should we give to a 16-year-old when considering her qualifications to lecture adults about science and an end-of-the-world scenario? Greta Thunberg has been dubbed by the media as a "climate change activist" and a teen "eco-warrior." Published September 25, 2019

Illustration on  mentors by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A tribute to my journalism mentors

They are all gone now; the men (and one woman) who were major influences in my early journalism career. The last two died within weeks of each other. They were Jack Perkins and Sander Vanocur, both veterans of NBC News where I started as a copyboy. Published September 23, 2019

In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh stands before a ceremonial swearing-in in the East Room of the White House in Washington. At least two Democratic presidential candidates, Kamala Harris and Kamala Harris are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in college.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

The Kavanaugh reboot

When the U.S. Supreme Court, under a previous ideological majority, was handing down decisions favorable to the left, Democrats were fine with deferring to that third branch of government to achieve what they declined to produce in legislation. Published September 18, 2019

People wave banners depicting Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, during a protest march in support of the National Health Service (NHS), as winter conditions are thought to have put severe strain on health services, in London Saturday Feb. 3, 2018.  The Government is urged to provide funds for beds and staff to ease the problems facing the NHS medical services. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)

When government runs health care

"When would you like to schedule your knee replacement surgery?" asked my American doctor before I left for Ireland? I gave him a date that works for me (I'm calling it the result of an old basketball injury, not advancing age.) His office scheduled it for that date. Published September 11, 2019

Resolute Support (RS) forces guard at the site of a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The Afghan government says at least 10 civilians are dead and another 42 wounded after a Taliban suicide car bombing rocked the Afghan capital near a neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy and the NATO Resolute Support mission. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

President Trump dealing with the Taliban devil

President Trump was right to cancel a "secret" meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. Published September 9, 2019