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Cal Thomas

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 syndicated columnist since 1984, 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

Columns by Cal Thomas

Illustration on Thanksgiving by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Thanksgiving according to whom?

One definition of "thanksgiving" is this: "Public celebration acknowledging divine favors." The word implies an object to whom thanks should be given. Published November 23, 2022

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., smiles as he speaks to reporters following a closed-door policy meeting on the Democrats' lame duck agenda, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Flip-flop Schumer on illegal immigration, then and now

If an awards show were created to honor Washington politicians for the most hypocritical and contradictory positions, Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, would be among the top contenders. Published November 21, 2022

Former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally in support of the campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Toxic Trump must leave the stage

Former President Donald Trump appears ready and eager to announce another run for president. Perhaps it should be on the grievance or revenge ticket. Published November 14, 2022

CORRECTS LOCATION OF DEATH TO DESOTO COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI - FILE - Jerry Lee Lewis performs onstage in New York on Sept. 26, 2006. Spokesperson Zach Furman said Lewis died Friday morning, Oct. 28, 2022, at his home in DeSoto County, Miss., south of Memphis, Tenn. He was 87. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh, File)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Last man no longer standing

He called himself "the last man standing," a reference to the rock 'n' roll icons of which he was among the most notable. Jerry Lee Lewis died last week at age 87. Published October 31, 2022

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, in Robstown, Texas. (AP Photo/Nick Wagner)

Trump: You are not a dictator

Former President Donald Trump says any member of his administration who runs for president against him -- should he decide to run again in 2024 -- would be engaging in an act of disloyalty. Published October 24, 2022

Migrants stand next to the border wall as they wait to get taken away by the Border Patrol in Eagle Pass, Texas, Saturday, May 21, 2022. The Eagle Pass area has become increasingly a popular crossing corridor for migrants, especially those from outside Mexico and Central America, under Title 42 authority, which expels migrants without a chance to seek asylum on grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills) ** FILE **

Biden’s cynical new border policy

President Biden's cynical response to the border crisis by ordering out single male Venezuelans will not stop migrants coming from 40 other countries. Published October 19, 2022

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz is escorted into the courtroom for a hearing regarding possible jury misconduct during deliberations in the penalty phase of his trial, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Justice denied in Parkland killings

If anyone ever was a better candidate for the death penalty it is Nikolas Cruz. Four years ago the then-20-year-old shot and killed 17 people, most of them students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Published October 17, 2022

Illustration on the continuing social and legal struggle over the definition of marriage by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Legitimizing polyamorous relationships in the courts

A judge has now ruled that in a tenancy case, "it's possible for two men to both claim partnerships with a third man -- and that the man whose relationship is being questioned should have a chance to prove his claim in court." Published October 10, 2022

Vice President Kamala Harris talks to students in a political science class on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Hurricane Kamala

The next time a hurricane develops it should be named Kamala, in honor of our vice president. Why Kamala, you ask? Because, like a hurricane, the damage she causes can be substantial. Published October 5, 2022

Illustration on the spread of antisemitism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Free speech vs. banning Jews

The University of California, Berkeley is known for many things, some good and some very bad, even outrageous. Published October 3, 2022

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy introduces the House GOP's "Commitment to America," at a gathering at Ductmate Industries, Friday, Sep. 23, 2022, in Monongahela, Pa. (Pam Panchak/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP) ** FILE **

Contract with America: The sequel

House Republican leaders have announced a plan they are calling a "Commitment to America" in time for the November election and presumably the presidential contest two years from now. Published September 26, 2022

Immigrants gather with their belongings outside St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Wednesday Sept. 14, 2022, in Edgartown, Mass., on Martha's Vineyard. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday flew two planes of immigrants to Martha's Vineyard, escalating a tactic by Republican governors to draw attention to what they consider to be the Biden administration's failed border policies. (Ray Ewing/Vineyard Gazette via AP)

Biden’s border is not closed

The saying "the chickens have come home to roost" seems to apply to the immigration policies of the Biden administration, sanctuary cities and states. Published September 19, 2022