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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 President Trump's harshness by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A harsh president

President Trump made a rare appearance at a church last Sunday. It's a safe bet the sermon was not based on Proverbs 15:1 — "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." If it was, it didn't appear to have much effect. Published March 20, 2019

Illustration on mass shootings by Donna Grethen/ Tribune Content Agency

The New Zealand massacre

Last week in New Zealand, a self-avowed white supremacist targeted two mosques and streamed his bloody killing spree on social media. Published March 18, 2019

The Bank of AOC Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why socialism fails

One of the rotten fruits produced by what passes for today's American education system is the ignorance some young people have about socialism. Published March 13, 2019

The Democrats' Jewish Problem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Democrats' Jewish problem

Rep. Ilhan Omar's comment that the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington pushes lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance to a foreign country" was bad enough. A watered-down House resolution condemning, not Omar, but "all hatred" was as tepid as denouncing drunk driving. Published March 11, 2019

Illustration on money and Major League Baseball by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bryce Harper and loyalty

President Harry Truman once said, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." That truism can now be applied to baseball players, notably Bryce Harper. Published March 6, 2019

Illustration on the political attacks on Donald Trump by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bibi and Trump agonistes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He's also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a political hit, not unlike the various hearings and investigations ensnaring President Trump. Published March 4, 2019

Climate Smarts Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Kudos to Dianne Feinstein

Here's a sentence I never thought I would write: Dianne Feinstein was right. Published February 27, 2019

Illustration on the tax attractions of Florida by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Picking up good migration

While most attention has been focused on immigrants trying to enter the United States over America's southern border, there is legal migration taking place that has been largely ignored, though it may have at least as much economic and political impact as the other. Published February 25, 2019

Illustration on the European Union's continuing connection to the Iran agreement by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Back to Munich

One might think that after denying the evidence of Adolf Hitler's rise and objectives that resulted in World War I, Europeans might be more attuned to modern threats. Published February 20, 2019

In this June 7, 2017, file photo, then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Premises, premises

Here is the problem for Trump critics. They began with the wrong premise. They believed that Hillary Clinton should have won the 2016 presidential election. Then they deluded themselves by embracing the notion that Mr. Trump was illegitimate, unstable, stupid and an offense to everything they consider normal. Published February 18, 2019

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 12, 2018 file photo, people pray for America at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Dallas Convention Center in Dallas. In late July, the SBC _ the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. _ announced plans to create a high-level study group to develop strategies for combatting sexual abusers and ministering to their victims. The move followed a series of revelations about sexual misconduct cases involving SBC churches and seminaries. (Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

'How could they?'

My first reaction upon hearing that hundreds of leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention had sexually abused as many as 700 people in 400 churches, including victims as young as 3, was "how could they?" It was the same reaction I had when news of predatory priests in the Roman Catholic Church, and the cover-up that followed the sexual abuse allegations, surfaced. Published February 13, 2019

Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won her bid for a seat in the House of Representatives in New York's 14th Congressional District, at the Kennedy School's Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Getting easier to be green

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be "green." The evidence is the "Green New Deal," which CNN describes as a " 10-year 'economic mobilization' that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation's infrastructure while building whole new layers into the existing social safety net." The 14-page resolution was proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, and Sen. Ed Markey, Masschusetts Democrat. Published February 11, 2019

The state of what union?

Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and combative language that has characterized his first two years in office. It was also well-delivered and well-received, if not by every member of Congress, then by 76 percent of those who watched it, according to a CBS News instant poll. Published February 6, 2019

Illustration on New York state's new abortion law by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Slaughter of the innocents sinks to new depths

The uproar over New York State's Reproductive Health Act, which allows late-term abortions performed by "health-care practitioners" when the "patient is within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient's life or health" should come as no surprise. Published February 4, 2019

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