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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 Costa Rican exeption to migrant trends by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The exception that is Costa Rica

In the ongoing U.S. debate about immigration, the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of those crossing our border from Mexico are from these nations. Why isn't Costa Rica experiencing a similar mass exodus? Published April 17, 2019

Flooding the sanctuary zones

In the category of Mad magazine's "scenes we'd like to see," comes President Trump's threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these places to vote to fund the wall along our southern border. Published April 15, 2019

Illustration on labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard a Foreign Terrorist organization by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

It's about time

President Trump has designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). It's about time. Other administrations might have done it, but didn't. Published April 10, 2019

Illustration on Democrat overtures to evangelicals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

God and the Democrats

For the last 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party's presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, in 1976. Published April 8, 2019

Taking Shots at Joe the Candidate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Joe Biden suffers a political hit

Why does it seem like the political equivalent of a Mafia hit job on Joe Biden, who is being whacked before a much-anticipated announcement of his presidential plans? Published April 3, 2019

Illustration on the southern border crisis by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'If not an emergency, what is it?'

The flood tide of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border cannot and must not continue. Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, has said of it, "The system is broken and overwhelmed. It is a national emergency." Published April 1, 2019

Illustration on poor media behavior by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Biases, suppositions and wished-for outcomes

What Sean Davis, co-founder of the web magazine The Federalist, wrote in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal sums up the disgust many Americans are feeling about the way big media handled the Russia collusion story: "It wasn't merely an error here or there. America's blue-chip journalists botched the entire story, from its birth during the presidential campaign to its final breath Sunday — and they never stopped congratulating themselves for it." Published March 27, 2019

No evidence of collusion, no surprise

The saga that is the Mueller Report is a consequence of what happens when you begin with a conclusion and then desperately seek evidence you hope will confirm it. Published March 25, 2019

Illustration on President Trump's harshness by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A harsh president

President Trump made a rare appearance at a church last Sunday. It's a safe bet the sermon was not based on Proverbs 15:1 — "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." If it was, it didn't appear to have much effect. Published March 20, 2019

Illustration on mass shootings by Donna Grethen/ Tribune Content Agency

The New Zealand massacre

Last week in New Zealand, a self-avowed white supremacist targeted two mosques and streamed his bloody killing spree on social media. Published March 18, 2019

The Bank of AOC Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why socialism fails

One of the rotten fruits produced by what passes for today's American education system is the ignorance some young people have about socialism. Published March 13, 2019

The Democrats' Jewish Problem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Democrats' Jewish problem

Rep. Ilhan Omar's comment that the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington pushes lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance to a foreign country" was bad enough. A watered-down House resolution condemning, not Omar, but "all hatred" was as tepid as denouncing drunk driving. Published March 11, 2019

Illustration on money and Major League Baseball by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bryce Harper and loyalty

President Harry Truman once said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." That truism can now be applied to baseball players, notably Bryce Harper. Published March 6, 2019

Illustration on the political attacks on Donald Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bibi and Trump agonistes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He's also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a political hit, not unlike the various hearings and investigations ensnaring President Trump. Published March 4, 2019

Climate Smarts Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Kudos to Dianne Feinstein

Here's a sentence I never thought I would write: Dianne Feinstein was right. Published February 27, 2019

Illustration on the tax attractions of Florida by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Picking up good migration

While most attention has been focused on immigrants trying to enter the United States over America's southern border, there is legal migration taking place that has been largely ignored, though it may have at least as much economic and political impact as the other. Published February 25, 2019

Illustration on the European Union's continuing connection to the Iran agreement by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Back to Munich

One might think that after denying the evidence of Adolf Hitler's rise and objectives that resulted in World War I, Europeans might be more attuned to modern threats. Published February 20, 2019

In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Premises, premises

Here is the problem for Trump critics. They began with the wrong premise. They believed that Hillary Clinton should have won the 2016 presidential election. Then they deluded themselves by embracing the notion that Mr. Trump was illegitimate, unstable, stupid and an offense to everything they consider normal. Published February 18, 2019

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018 file photo, people pray for America at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center in Dallas. In late July, the SBC _ the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. _ announced plans to create a high-level study group to develop strategies for combatting sexual abusers and ministering to their victims. The move followed a series of revelations about sexual misconduct cases involving SBC churches and seminaries. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

'How could they?'

My first reaction upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches, including victims as young as 3, was "how could they?" It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and the cover-up that followed the sexual abuse allegations, surfaced. Published February 13, 2019

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won her bid for a seat in the House of Representatives in New York's 14th Congressional District, at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Getting easier to be green

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be "green." The evidence is the "Green New Deal," which CNN describes as a " 10-year 'economic mobilization' that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation's infrastructure while building whole new layers into the existing social safety net." The 14-page resolution was proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, and Sen. Ed Markey, Masschusetts Democrat. Published February 11, 2019