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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

President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, to announce a temporary deal to open the government. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Cave vs. wall

The first thing that needs to be said about President Trump's decision to sign a measure re-opening part of the federal government without getting money for the wall he demanded is that his experience as a New York businessman was no help. Perhaps he failed to recognize that Democrats are the party of government and no one guards the power, cost and perks of government better than they do. Published January 28, 2019

Ladies on Liberal Television Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Going gaga over the ladies

The major media have gone gaga over the number of women newly elected to Congress and those announcing their run for the White House in 2020, with more female candidates likely to follow suit. Published January 23, 2019

State of the Union Options Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump's State of the Union options

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given President Trump an opportunity to change the dynamic of the State of the Union address, an event that has become predictable and often boring. It has featured members of Congress popping up and down like whack-a-moles, interrupting the president with applause if they agree with him, or stone silence if they don't. Published January 21, 2019

Illustration on the Democrats' junket to Puerto Rico by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Now playing in Puerto Rico

More than 109 lobbyists and 39 Democratic members of Congress attended a "winter retreat" last weekend in Puerto Rico, ostensibly to help raise funds for damage caused by hurricane Maria in 2017, reports Fox News. The fun in the sun was enhanced by a limited run of the Broadway hit "Hamilton," starring its creator, lead actor, and Democratic partisan, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Published January 16, 2019

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at his State of the City address in New York, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.  De Blasio said  he would create a city-managed retirement fund for workers who lack access to employer-sponsored funds as well as a new Office to Protect Tenants. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

'Cough up, America'

When you receive your paycheck and look at the withholding for federal, state and sometimes city taxes, along with Social Security and Medicare, you probably don't think you're underpaying governments and want them to take more. Published January 14, 2019

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., left, stands with President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence, as Trump speaks while departing after a Senate Republican Policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Trump speech and the response

Despite advance billing that President Trump's border wall speech would break news and contain new information, it was mostly familiar rhetoric: Criminals and drugs, rapists and murderers are coming to America and the wall is the only way to stop them. Published January 9, 2019

Illustration on the carbon tax burden in Ireland by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'What's the point of a carbon tax rebate?'

The Irish government is proposing rebates to a carbon tax it recently imposed to households that comply with what it considers "low-carbon lifestyles." The rebate, according to Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, might be in the form of a check, an increase in welfare benefits or a tax credit for people who live the way the government thinks they should. Published January 7, 2019

Brexit Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Decision time on Brexit

To Brexit, or not to Brexit, that is the question (apologies to Shakespeare). The answer to whether the U.K. will pull out of the European Union as a majority of voters favored in a 2016 referendum will be decided this month. Maybe. Published January 2, 2019

Resolved: To speak English

"Why can't the English teach their children how to speak?" asked Professor Henry Higgins in the musical "My Fair Lady." It's a good question for Americans, especially millennials. Published December 31, 2018

Illustration on the Syrian conflict by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune  Content Agency

Osama bin Laden was right

Osama bin Laden predicted it and his prophecy appears to be coming true. In the book "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11," Lawrence Wright quotes bin Laden as saying: "Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and retreat. Such a country needs only to be confronted with two or three sharp blows, then it will flee in panic, as it always has." Published December 26, 2018

Illustration on the meaning of Christmas by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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 24, 2018

Illustration on prison reform by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

'Tough on criminal justice reform'

Republicans and conservatives dating back at least to Richard Nixon have used the slogan "tough on crime" and its corollary "lock 'em up and throw away the key" as electoral red meat. The problem is what to do when inmates are released with few skills, fewer job prospects and a bleak future that leads some to commit new crimes that land them in prison again at taxpayers' expense. Published December 19, 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas.  The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring "all options" to address serious financial challenges, but is declining to confirm or deny a report that it may seek bankruptcy protection in the face of declining membership and sex-abuse litigation.  "I want to assure you that our daily mission will continue and that there are no imminent actions or immediate decisions expected," Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said in a statement issued Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.    (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

And now the Boy Scouts

The erosion of what many Americans once believed were the foundations of our country continues apace. They include, but are not limited to, overspending and debt (personal and national), never-ending wars, uncontrolled borders leading to massive immigration with no time for or expectation of assimilation and political divisions that grow wider by the day. Published December 17, 2018

Wanted by the Washington Establishment Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The fury of the establishment

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but scorning the Washington Establishment produces even greater anger. Published December 12, 2018

Media Flip-Flop Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Changing their tune on 41

Before George H.W. Bush fades from memory into the darkness of history books, one more point needs to be made. It is about the contrast between how most of the major media treated him when he was president and how they mostly (but not completely) did a 180 during their coverage and commentary of his funeral. Published December 10, 2018

Illustration on the meaning of true fulfillment in life by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A powerful lesson as we remember President Bush

The scene at the U.S. Capitol on Monday as former President George H.W. Bush lay in state presented a tableau and a lesson for those who seek earthly power and believe it can change things. Published December 5, 2018

G13542-07  Portrait of Vice President George H. W. Bush, 
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 Photo Credit:  George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

George H.W. Bush: Man of character

I first met the man who would become America's 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this "kid," who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was just starting to learn the "language," like "fixing to go" and "y'all." Published December 3, 2018

Illustration on the recent government report on climate change by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Apocalypse when?

Each time an end-of-the-world prophecy is delivered — whether by a self-deluded preacher, a group of politicians or scientists — we are told that we must believe. Never mind how many of their prophecies have been wrong in the past, this time they mean it. Published November 28, 2018

Illustration on the existence of biased judges by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump versus Roberts

Chief Justice John Roberts has been drawn into President Trump's web. Published November 26, 2018