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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 reconciliation between Democrat and Republican by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Try a little tenderness' in 2018

DUBLIN, Ireland — "Try a Little Tenderness" is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods. According to Wikipedia, it was first recorded on Dec. 8, 1932, by the Ray Noble Orchestra (with vocals by Val Rosing). Probably these names are as unfamiliar to us today as the demonstration of tenderness is in our modern political culture. Published January 1, 2018

The U.K.'s consequential embrace of secularism

The U.K. Daily Mail has again published a story about a subject that has become a recurring theme this time of year. No, not Christmas, but rather drunkenness, though the holiday is used as its primary excuse. Published December 27, 2017

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Breaking two glass ceilings

Hillary Clinton was supposed to break the glass ceiling, which she said has kept a woman from becoming president, but the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., has actually done it. Published December 25, 2017

Ultimate Christmas Gift Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The ultimate Christmas gift

Unless you are spending this time of year at a spiritual retreat cut off from TV, newspapers or internet service you cannot escape the blaring music and the marketers attempting to sell you something they promise will bring you happiness and peace. Published December 20, 2017

FILE - This Thursday, June 8, 2017, file photo shows the U.S. Treasury Department building in Washington. The federal government collected a record amount of tax income for the month of November 2017 and also had a record level of spending for the month, producing a budget deficit of $138.5 billion, up slightly from a year earlier. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

A government 'refund'

So, a Republican majority Congress has "reformed" the tax code for the first time in 31 years, allowing us to keep a little more of the money we earn. Woohoo! Published December 18, 2017

Obscuring Trump Success Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The good news behind the negative news coverage

Side issues — some of them created by the president himself — have obscured the accomplishments of the Donald Trump administration during his first year in office. Published December 13, 2017

In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a campaign rally in Fairhope Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

No king but Caesar

In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a "memorial" (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery. Published December 11, 2017

Illustration on Middle East peace by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Memo to Jared Kushner

President Trump's son-in-law and designated Middle East peace envoy, Jared Kushner, told the Brookings Institution's Saban Forum last weekend that a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is key to solving larger goals, such as stopping Iranian aggression and Islamic extremism. Published December 6, 2017

Illustration on reducing the size of government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Starving the beast

One way to kill a predatory animal is to deny it sustenance. The tax-cut bill passed by the Senate, if it clears a conference with the House and President Trump signs it, may be the first step toward starving the big-government beast. Published December 4, 2017

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, DEC. 2-3 - This Thursday, Nov. 23 2017 photo, shows the exterior of the historic Epsom Bible Church, moved to its current location in 2007 next to the town library, in Epsom, N.H. The same year it was moved, a New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program grant helped make significant improvements to the building, often referred to as the meetinghouse. (Elizabeth Frantz/The Concord Monitor via AP)

The return of virtue

Rarely has the idiom "virtue is its own reward" looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called "prudishness," of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples of "free love" mocked — are looking better with each passing day. Published November 29, 2017

An era of belated reckonings

The English poet of the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, is generally credited with coining the phrase that has been updated in modern English to read, "Better late than never." It means to do something or to arrive later than expected may not be good, but it is better than not at all. Published November 27, 2017

Illustration on being thankful for President Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Can Trump-haters be thankful for him?

Any other Republican president but Donald Trump might expect to get at least some credit for the mostly positive direction in which the country is headed. Unfortunately, the Trump-haters prefer to focus on his, shall I say, unusual personality, rather than results. So let's put personality aside and consider what has happened in his first 10 months in office. Published November 22, 2017

Vacancies in California Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

California's high cost of living forces residents to flee

Evidence that when Democrats rule, taxes are never high enough can be found at any gas station in this once politically competitive state. Last month, the California gas tax was raised 12 cents a gallon. Regular gas at some stations is again approaching, and in some cities exceeding, $4 a gallon, a level not seen since natural disasters temporarily curtailed refinery production, and Gulf states manipulated prices. Published November 15, 2017

Illustration on worldly society and the debasement of the gospel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The corruption of faith

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Mr. Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the corruption of American evangelicalism. Published November 13, 2017

Illustration on the escape skills of the Clintons by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary and Bill Houdini

How do they do it? I am not the first to compare the Clintons to Harry Houdini, the great magician and escape artist, but Bill and Hillary make him look like a rank amateur. Published November 8, 2017

24/7 Doctor App Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Teladoc doctor will see you now

If you're tired of the dysfunction in Washington -- the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a "stolen" presidential election, Russian "collusion," the posturing and boorish behavior, how about focusing on something that is working and benefits a growing number of people? Published November 6, 2017

Indictments and ham sandwiches

In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville's line about the ability of a grand jury to "indict a ham sandwich." Published November 1, 2017

Illustration on sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment industry by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Shocking but not surprising

It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. Published October 30, 2017

FILE - In this July 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks about healthcare in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco ruled Wednesday. Oct. 25, that the government does not have to immediately resume paying "Obamacare" health care subsidies that President Donald Trump cut off. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

A taxing situation

The federal income tax was first introduced under the Revenue Act of 1861 to help defray war costs. Congress repealed the tax in 1871 when the need for government revenue declined, only to restore it in 1894 as part of the Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act. The public policy debate surrounding the constitutionality of the income tax has been going on ever since. Published October 25, 2017