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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

The Ghost of Flight 93 Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Thwarting U.S. defenses will lead only to more American victims

The attack on a cafe in Sydney, Australia, by a self-described Islamic cleric with a long police record, left two hostages dead, along with the cleric. That incident, which was televised worldwide, was quickly eclipsed by the massacre of 145 people at an army-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan. How is the West responding to these and other atrocities? More important, how is the Muslim world responding? Published December 17, 2014

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Mike Pence's Hoosier humility could be in demand for 2016

If success at the state level were enough to recommend someone for president of the United States, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana would be among the front-runners for the 2016 Republican nomination. Published December 15, 2014

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin says Republicans need to show up in minority neighborhoods and ask what has voting for Democrats gotten them? It's a good question..  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rep. Paul Ryan's hope for a Congress that works

Like two predatory animals circling each other, Republicans and Democrats are trying to sort out the meaning of last month's election and plan strategies for the remaining days of the current Congress and the new one in which Republicans will hold majorities in both houses. Published December 8, 2014

Businesses were left in piles of rubble in the aftermath of violence and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, on the night of Nov. 24, 2014. (Associated Press)

Paying a price for their Ferguson mayhem

No matter whose side you are on in the upheaval following the killing of Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, everyone should agree on the profound sadness of it all: sadness that an 18-year-old boy-man walked a path that led to his destruction; sadness that a police officer felt the need to defend himself by shooting another human being; sadness over the rioting and looting that followed a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Wilson; and, for some, sadness that Officer Wilson was not indicted. Published December 1, 2014

Larry Kawa says President Obama's unilateral changes to immigration law exemplify a pattern of executive overreach. (Illustration of effects of illegal alien order on American blacks by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times)

How about putting Americans first?

The framers of the Constitution sought to limit the power of government and expand individual liberty. President Obama sees it the other way. Whether he violated the constitutional limits of his power will be debated and possibly decided in the courts and by the new Republican majority in Congress, but there is another issue surrounding the amnesty order that needs addressing. Published November 24, 2014

Illustration on the real results of Obama's so-called immigration reform by Linas Garsys/The WAshington Times

Unfaithfully executing the law

President Obama is soon expected to issue an executive order that would make it possible for some illegal immigrants to live and work in this country without the threat of deportation, in effect granting amnesty to up to 5 million people. Published November 17, 2014

Illustration on ISIS persecution of Christians in Iraq by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Help desperately needed for Middle East Christians

American Christians have been slow to the point of near silence when it comes to speaking out about the atrocities committed against their fellow believers by the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Iraq. Published October 27, 2014

Illustration on the Houston sermon subpoenas and government intimidation of religion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Government assault on the pulpit

Houston recently passed an ordinance through its City Council that has sparked quite a bit of controversy among conservative evangelicals. Published October 20, 2014

Illustration on the U.S. funding rebuilding of Gaza by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Rebuilding Gaza for the next attack

After World War II, the Marshall Plan helped rebuild a devastated Europe. The key word in that sentence is "after." Published October 13, 2014

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

The Supreme Court's nonruling on gay marriage

Three points need to be made about Monday's decision by the Supreme Court not to decide whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution grants people of the same sex the right to marry. Published October 8, 2014

Illustration on mistrusting government information on ISIS and Ebola by Hunter/The Washington Times

Hiding the truth about ISIS and Ebola

The Ebola virus is not a threat, but the Islamic State is. That's what some of our leaders tell us. Should we believe them? Do they have a track record for truth-telling that would lend them credibility? Published October 6, 2014

Illustration on campus sexual assault by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Combating campus sexual assaults

According to the website The Other Freshman 15, "The first 15 weeks of college can be the riskiest for sexual assault." Published September 29, 2014

Saved by a bad detonator

Had it not been for a malfunctioning detonator, a plane carrying nearly 300 people on Christmas Day might have exploded. Only the faulty device, along with some fast-acting passengers, prevented a disaster. Published December 29, 2009

Jesus the socialist

Apparently not content with his congressional majority that wishes to force Americans on a long march to health care disaster, President Obama has invoked the name of Jesus to broadcast his gospel of spreading around the wealth. Published December 24, 2009