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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

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

The Democrats' Debates Illustration by Nancy Ohanian

'Questions I would have asked the Democrats'

The likelihood I would ever be invited to serve on a network panel questioning the Democratic presidential candidates is equivalent to an invitation to take the next trip to the moon. Published July 1, 2019

Illustration on the Middle East peace process by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why bribing the Palestinians won't work

The Trump administration thinks appealing to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un by dangling promises of prosperity in front of him if he agrees to change his ways is the path to peace on the Korean Peninsula. So far there have been no agreements to build a Trump resort and Mr. Kim has made no effort to adopt any other form of capitalistic behavior. Published June 26, 2019

Substandard Business Model Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Sulzberger is right (and wrong)

I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Mr. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump's claim that his newspaper committed "treason" by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to compromise Russia's power grid should Moscow again try to meddle in U.S. elections. The Times says it consulted National Security officials who raised no objections to its publication. Published June 24, 2019

'Must we wage war with Iran?'

'The Pentagon has released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week's attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman," ABC News reported. Hours before that attack, Iranians launched surface-to-air missile at a U.S. drone monitoring the tankers. The missile missed. In response, 1,000 American troops are being dispatched to the region for the declared purpose of defending American forces already there. Published June 19, 2019

Cheap Talk Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When hypocrisy loses all meaning

There was a time when calling someone a hypocrite could stain their reputation. No more. Like the overused and often misapplied word "racism," hypocrisy has lost the power to cause harm. Published June 17, 2019

American Debt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Deeper and deeper in debt

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, "Americans' debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 billion." Published June 12, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn at the White House, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Washington as he honors Team Penske for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Praying (or not) for the president

Only the most partisan person would begrudge prayers for the president of the United States, but a recent visit by President Trump to the mega McLean Bible Church in Virginia has rubbed some congregants the wrong way. Published June 10, 2019

Virginia Hall Collage / The Washington Times

D-Day's 'forgotten' woman

Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes. Published June 5, 2019

Upside-Down Justice Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Robert Mueller's upside-down justice

It's a familiar quote from Charles Dickens' classic "Oliver Twist," but with special contemporary relevance in light of a statement last week by special counsel Robert Mueller: "'If the law supposes that,' said Mr. Bumble 'the law is a ass — a idiot.'" Published June 3, 2019

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