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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

What Made the Queen Elizabeth II Great Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The reach of Queen Elizabeth II

Watching BBC and Sky News coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, one is struck by the adjectives used by reporters, commentators and people interviewed outside Balmoral castle and Buckingham Palace. Published September 12, 2022

Shrinking Republican Red Wave Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Is the ‘red wave’ fading?

When a Republican "wave" appears likely, the media begin reporting "stories" that the wave is receding, and the Democrat is gaining ground. Published September 5, 2022

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks during a news conference announcing the Department of Education report on education Thursday, May 19, 2022, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Will Youngkin be a 2024 presidential candidate?

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin has been in office only seven months and already he is listed at number five in a Washington Post story about possible 2024 GOP presidential candidates. Published August 29, 2022

Illustration on IRS tax preparation by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Washington’s guns buildup and the IRS

Conspiracy theories sometimes have at least a thread of truth in them, which is what makes them valid to some on the far right. Published August 22, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., surrounded by House Democrats, signs the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 during a bill enrollment ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Democrats’ ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ won’t reduce inflation

President Biden returned from vacation to sign the misnamed "Inflation Reduction Act." He might as well have said in his mischaracterization of the legislation that the chief business of America is now government spending and increased debt. Published August 17, 2022

Illustration on David McCullough by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

McCullough’s history is never boring

I hated college history. The textbooks were mostly about dead white men, with the exception of Abigail Adams. The lectures were boring. I didn't see how any of it related to my young life and future plans. Published August 10, 2022

Illustration on parents pulling their children from public schools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

More parents removing their children from public education

As parents prepare to send their children back to school, many will have made decisions about their child's education that will not only put them on a different trajectory but also impact the public education system. Published August 8, 2022

Illustration on Soros funded prosecutors by Alexander Hunter/The Washington times

George Soros and his ‘woke’ prosecutors

George Soros has written a column for The Wall Street Journal defending his donations to liberal prosecutors who are releasing criminals on low or no bail. Published August 3, 2022

FILE - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters about the expansive agreement reached with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that they had sought for months on health care, energy and climate issues, and taxes on higher earners and corporations at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 28, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Humpty Dumpty Democrats and their recession

In Washington, things are rarely what they seem. It's why Congress labels bills with names they think will be more palatable to the public rather than a name that would accurately reflect the content of the legislation. Published August 1, 2022

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden speak with the NORAD Tracks Santa Operations Center on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., and families calling into the NORAD system, via teleconference in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus in Washington, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Jill to Joe Biden: It’s over

When your wife suggests you have failed at your job, it's probably time to retire or see if there is an opening as a Walmart greeter. Published July 20, 2022

FILE - Abortion-rights activists rally at the Indiana Statehouse following Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, on June 25, 2022 in Indianapolis. The lawyer for an Indiana doctor who has found herself at the center of a political firestorm after revealing the story of a 10-year-old girl who traveled from Ohio for an abortion says her client provided proper treatment. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

Unanswered questions in the 10-year-old rape case

Ever since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month, pro-choice activists and their media allies have been on a campaign to influence public opinion that the decision was a mistake. Published July 18, 2022

President Joe Biden is greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid, right and President Isaac Herzog, left, as they participate in an arrival ceremony after Biden arrived at Ben Gurion Airport, Wednesday, July 13, 2022, in Tel Aviv. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s poorly timed visit to the Middle East

In 1988, five years after calling the Soviet Union an "evil empire," President Ronald Reagan visited Moscow where he addressed an audience of students from Moscow State University. Published July 13, 2022