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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

Illustration on Trump's uncredited role in the global economic revival by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

No credit where credit is due

The quote is attributed to President Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan kept it on his desk: "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." Published May 29, 2019

Illustration on John Walker Lindh by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Once a terrorist always a terrorist

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the release of self-admitted "American Taliban" member John Walker Lindh "unexplainable and unconscionable." Published May 27, 2019

Social Security Benefit Ship Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A problem for every solution

Among the many things that frustrate Americans about Washington, D.C., is the unwillingness — not inability, but unwillingness — to solve problems. Published May 22, 2019

A Change in Fortunes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The pro-life movement's moment

Since 1973, when Roe v. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand — including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to protect babies born alive after failed procedures — the pro-life movement has achieved few legislative victories. Published May 20, 2019

Illustration on Joe Biden by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Back to the past with Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look like? Published May 13, 2019

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A solution to college debt

Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. Published May 8, 2019

Illustration on pioneering the Northwest Territory by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America's greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. Published May 6, 2019

Sign of the Times Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Signs of the times

It took a few days, but The New York Times finally got around to apologizing for publishing in its international edition a grossly anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke and being led by a dog resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dog wore a Star of David around its neck. Published May 1, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes members of the Baylor women's basketball team, who are the 2019 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball National Champions, to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Democrats' economy problem

How long can Democrats continue to claim the roaring economy should be credited to the Obama administration? How many, except the self-deluded, actually believe this? Published April 29, 2019

FILE - In this May 13, 1975, file photo, Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia. The New York Yankees have suspended the use of Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. (AP Photo, File)

In defense of Kate Smith

The long arm of the PC police has reached back to the '30s and arrested, prosecuted and sentenced the late singer Kate Smith. Smith, who popularized Irving Berlin's song "God Bless America" and was a female pioneer in early television, recorded songs that today in hindsight are viewed as racist. Published April 24, 2019

Trump Attack Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

They've only just begun

Objectivity, like Elvis, long ago left the building in Washington and so the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is being read and interpreted through mostly biased eyes. Published April 22, 2019

Illustration on the Costa Rican exeption to migrant trends by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The exception that is Costa Rica

In the ongoing U.S. debate about immigration, the Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala are mainly in the news because many of those crossing our border from Mexico are from these nations. Why isn't Costa Rica experiencing a similar mass exodus? Published April 17, 2019

Flooding the sanctuary zones

In the category of Mad magazine's "scenes we'd like to see," comes President Trump's threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these places to vote to fund the wall along our southern border. Published April 15, 2019

Illustration on labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard a Foreign Terrorist organization by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

It's about time

President Trump has designated Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). It's about time. Other administrations might have done it, but didn't. Published April 10, 2019

Illustration on Democrat overtures to evangelicals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

God and the Democrats

For the last 27 years, Democrats have been trying to win over evangelical Christians who last voted in large numbers for their party's presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, in 1976. Published April 8, 2019

Taking Shots at Joe the Candidate Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Joe Biden suffers a political hit

Why does it seem like the political equivalent of a Mafia hit job on Joe Biden, who is being whacked before a much-anticipated announcement of his presidential plans? Published April 3, 2019

Illustration on the southern border crisis by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'If not an emergency, what is it?'

The flood tide of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border cannot and must not continue. Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, has said of it, "The system is broken and overwhelmed. It is a national emergency." Published April 1, 2019

Illustration on poor media behavior by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Biases, suppositions and wished-for outcomes

What Sean Davis, co-founder of the web magazine The Federalist, wrote in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal sums up the disgust many Americans are feeling about the way big media handled the Russia collusion story: "It wasn't merely an error here or there. America's blue-chip journalists botched the entire story, from its birth during the presidential campaign to its final breath Sunday — and they never stopped congratulating themselves for it." Published March 27, 2019

No evidence of collusion, no surprise

The saga that is the Mueller Report is a consequence of what happens when you begin with a conclusion and then desperately seek evidence you hope will confirm it. Published March 25, 2019