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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

Gov. Bill Clinton on "The Arsenio Hall Show" June 3, 1992.

The United States of Trump

In the beginning there was a combative media. Dating back to Colonial America, as Eric Burns has chronicled in his book, "Infamous Scribblers," politicians and journalists have mostly had a love (for Democrats)-hate (for Republicans) relationship. It is television and the advent of the celebrity culture -- from TMZ to "Entertainment Tonight," to now even broadcast news -- that has taken the process to new depths. Published February 1, 2016

Illustration on doing business with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

With Iran it's strictly business

For anyone whose knowledge of history extends beyond the current season of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" or the latest instant replay of an NFL game, the four days of meetings involving Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, European leaders and businesses should remind people we have seen this show before. Published January 27, 2016

TRUMP Poster Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Not Trump

When the publisher of National Review, Jack Fowler, called and asked me to write 300 words on why I oppose Donald Trump for president of the United States, my first thought was about the derision that was sure to come from Trump supporters. Published January 25, 2016

Illustration on hostages by Jon Krause/Tribune Content Agency

Dollars for hostages

Every American should be glad that American hostages have been freed by the tyrannical Iranian regime and are being reunited with family, friends and co-workers. Published January 20, 2016

Return of the Housing Bubble Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Too big to fail, the sequel

Movie sequels are rarely as good as the original films on which they're based. The same dictum, it appears, holds for finance. The 2008 housing market collapse was bad enough, but it appears now that we're on the verge of experiencing it all again. And the financial sequel, working from a similar script as its original version, could prove to be just as devastating to the American taxpayer. Published January 18, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's faltering support by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's decline

It's happening again. The "inevitability" of Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy may not be so inevitable after all. Unlike eight years ago when Barack Obama beat her for the Democratic nomination and ultimately won the office Hillary and her supporters believed she was entitled to, this time her main opponent is not just Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist, it is Hillary Clinton herself. Published January 13, 2016

Illustration on inspiring an internal change as a solution to ending poverty by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Solutions to poverty, not posturing

In sports, if a game plan is not working, the coach changes it. In medicine, if a course of treatment does not cure a disease, doctors try a different approach. In government, failure means nothing. Government keeps cash flowing with little regard for results. In government, failure endures. Published January 11, 2016

Illustration on increased gun control regulations by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Out of (gun) control

I'm still waiting for someone to show me how laws stop a person intent on breaking them. Published January 6, 2016

Illustration on the ancestral roots by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Roots and identity

Ever since the miniseries "Roots" was shown on ABC in 1977, Americans have demonstrated a keen interest in finding out more about where they came from and the names and circumstances of their ancestors. Published January 4, 2016

The Broken Record that is The New York Times Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking stock of big media

Taking stock is a tradition observed by Jews at Yom Kippur and others who examine their lives at the end of a year and vow to improve in the new year. Published December 30, 2015

The sum of all fears

President Obama and members of his administration assure us we have nothing to fear when it comes to terrorism. Whether you accept this or not -- and opinion polls show a majority do not -- there is another fear that in large part is behind the phenomenon known as Donald Trump. It is the fear we are in danger of losing America. Published December 28, 2015

No peace or goodwill

Not for a long time has the world seemed so removed from the angelic proclamation of 2,000 years ago: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:14). Published December 23, 2015

Illustration on a composite presidential candidate         The Washington Times

GOP debate No. 5, and counting

Each of the Republican presidential candidates brings something good to the race for the GOP nomination and some things not so good. In the fifth and final GOP debate of the year, the candidates on the main stage, and even a few on the "undercard," presented ideas and positions that many Republican voters would consider far better than those of the president we have now. Published December 16, 2015

The hot air pollutes Paris

If representatives of the nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris for the U.N. Conference on Climate Change had instead formed a coalition to fight a real threat — Islamic terrorism — they might have accomplished something useful. Instead, what they came up with is a document that even Secretary of State John Kerry, in a rare moment of candor, confessed is pointless. Published December 14, 2015

Illustration on Shariah law courts in England by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Disorder in Shariah courts

Set aside for a moment the violent incidents associated with people claiming to act under the authority of their Islamic faith and consider instead what passes for normalcy. Published December 9, 2015

Frustrated Dove Departs Middle East Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The more things change

JERUSALEM -- More than a decade after my 19th trip to Israel and the Middle East, this 20th visit shows how some things have changed, but the important ones remain the same. Published December 2, 2015

The Islamification of Germany Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Invading Germany

In an ironic twist, Germany, which in the last century twice invaded other countries, contributing to two world wars, is now being invaded by hordes of Muslims. According to Pew Research Center, there are 4,760,000 Muslims in Germany, about 5.8 percent of its population, and that number is steadily growing. Published November 30, 2015

Separation of Church and State Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

John Kasich's bad idea

Conservatives are supposed to be against big government and opposed to the left's belief that problems can and should be solved by Washington. Published November 25, 2015