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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, 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 [email protected].

Articles by Cal Thomas

Resolute Support (RS) forces guard at the site of a car bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. The Afghan government says at least 10 civilians are dead and another 42 wounded after a Taliban suicide car bombing rocked the Afghan capital near a neighborhood housing the U.S. Embassy and the NATO Resolute Support mission. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

President Trump dealing with the Taliban devil

President Trump was right to cancel a "secret" meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. Published September 9, 2019

Coming After Retirement Savings Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

'Will Democrats tax your retirement savings?'

We regularly hear from Democrats how rich people aren't paying their "fair share," though they never tell us what they consider fair and how much of that share they think government should seize. Published September 4, 2019

Former FBI Director James B. Comey has been found to have violated agency policies in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with President Trump. (Associated Press/File)

Unequal justice for James Comey

One doesn't have to be a cynic to be cynical about the Justice Department's decision not to hold former FBI Director James B. Comey accountable for what an inspector general's report called his violation of FBI policies and his setting a "dangerous example" in order to "achieve a personally desired outcome." Published September 2, 2019

Illustration on declining love of country by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

American values and the 'lost' generation

There are people in every generation who believe the generation following theirs is either going to the dogs or will ruin the country. Published August 28, 2019

Homeless tents are shown along a street in San Francisco, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

They've lost their minds in San Francisco

San Francisco, a city described in song for its natural beauty, is descending into an abyss of homelessness, the use of sidewalks as toilets and a place you might not want to visit, much less live. Published August 26, 2019

Illustration on The New York Times by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The New York Times attempts to rewrite history

Remember the controversy in 2012 when President Barack Obama said, "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." Published August 21, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump: 'Vote for me, or else'

During a December 2015 debate among Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: "You can't insult your way to the presidency." Never mind. Published August 19, 2019

Illustration on the romanticizing of Socialism by Linas  Garsys/The Washington Times

Socialism never?

President Trump has repeatedly promised "America will never be a socialist country." Since Franklin Roosevelt began expanding government in the 1930s, the United States has increasingly adopted big-state policies associated with socialism. Published August 14, 2019

This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein.  Epstein has died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges, says person briefed on the matter, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

None dare call it 'conspiracy'

Now that Jeffrey Epstein is dead, perhaps some are breathing a little easier knowing he won't have to testify at trial and be asked whether he served as a pimp to the wealthy and well-connected. Published August 12, 2019

Walmart customers are escorted from the store after a gunman opened fire on shoppers near the Cielo Vista Mall, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. Multiple people were killed and one person was in custody after a shooter went on a rampage at the shopping mall, police in the Texas border town of El Paso said. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP) **FILE**

Mass murders are a symptom

Politicians and pundits are promoting familiar explanations, excuses and demands following the tragic mass murders in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. From more gun laws, to blaming President Trump, conservative talk radio and Fox News, we've heard it all before. Published August 7, 2019

Congressman Elijah Cummings speaks at the grand opening of the McCullough Street Nature Play Space in West Baltimore on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Cummings on Saturday invited President Donald Trump and other Americans to Baltimore, taking the high road after a barrage of presidential tweets disparaging the black-majority city and its long-serving Democratic congressman. (Kim Hairston /The Baltimore Sun via AP)

Fixing Baltimore: A plan

Former South Carolina Gov. and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has urged President Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings to stop exchanging insults over conditions in Baltimore. Published August 5, 2019

Derelict Baltimore Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Smelling rats in Baltimore

Calling someone "racist" has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. Published July 31, 2019

House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., arrives to a hearing where former special counsel Robert Mueller, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

What's next for Democrats post-Mueller?

The Washington Post, which has done everything in its dwindling power with articles, editorials and columns denouncing, demeaning and attempting to destroy President Trump, appears to have temporarily -- but only temporarily -- raised the white flag. Published July 29, 2019

Uncle Sam Runs Out of Monopoly Money Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Founders and national debt

The Founders of the United States of America warned against massive federal debt, but, to our detriment, their political descendants are not paying attention. Published July 24, 2019

Men stand in a U.S. Immigration and Border Enforcement detention center in McAllen, Texas, Friday, July 12, 2019, during a visit by Vice President Mike Pence. Acknowledging "this is tough stuff," Pence said he was not surprised by what he saw as he toured the McAllen Border Patrol station Friday where hundreds of men were kept in caged fences with no cots amid sweltering heat. (Josh Dawsey/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

End immigration to mend it

Pick your own analogy, but the U.S. immigration system is worse than broken. It can be fixed, but politicians from both parties refuse to do it. Published July 22, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing, Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

America, love it or leave it (again)

The phrase "America, Love It or Leave It" has a pedigree dating back at least to the McCarthy era. In the '70s, the phrase was employed again against those protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War. Published July 17, 2019

Buzz Aldrin poses with the American flag on the surface of the moon, July 20, 1969.     Associated Press photo

Remembering Apollo 11 at 50

You had to be there 50 years ago, and I was. As a young reporter for a local TV station in Houston, I frequently visited NASA ("the space base," we dubbed it), met many of the astronauts and reported on their exploits. Published July 15, 2019

Illustration on Hungarian immigration policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Hungary's sound immigration policy

Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn't have a migrant problem because they don't have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue their travels to other European countries that do. Published July 10, 2019

Rep. Justin Amash. (Associated Press)

Not a 'total loser'

Rep. Justin Amash has left the Republican Party and will now represent Michigan's 3rd Congressional District as an independent. In a Washington Post op-ed, he wrote: "I've become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it. The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions." Published July 8, 2019

Illustration on the census by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Censoring the census

The notion of history repeating itself is usually viewed as a negative statement, but some history is worth repeating because we might learn and be guided by it. Published July 3, 2019