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Cal Thomas

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

Articles by Cal Thomas

Biden Shackles Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Joe Biden's disturbing pattern of putting down minorities

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told an African-American talk show host last week: "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black." Published May 27, 2020

President Donald Trump tells reporters that he is taking zinc and hydroxychloroquine during a meeting with restaurant industry executives about the coronavirus response, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

'Snake oil' cures: Trump should not promote hydroxychloroquine

While President Trump doesn't exactly fit the profile of a snake oil salesman, he should stick to sound medical science and start placing his bets on mRNA and other vaccines that show promise and not hydroxychloroquine. Published May 20, 2020

Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Ronaldo Santos has his temperature checked before starting his work shift in the meat department of a grocery store in Dallas, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The US is tracking 1000s of new cases daily as workplace worries mount with more businesses reopening. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

COVID-19 fear will destroy America

The choice before us seems to be no choice at all: Stay inside and have no human contact with another soul, keep businesses closed, denying a livelihood to millions, or step outside and risk death. Published May 13, 2020

Chinese soldiers rehearse before the start of a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Is war with China inevitable?

With China's strong economy backing up its increasingly powerful military, there doesn't appear much else the United States can do to deter China from fulfilling its aspirations other than to consider a military confrontation. Published May 6, 2020

In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, photo, Andrea Royce, standing at center, homeschools her children Rowan, from left, 6, Lucy, 1, and Parker, 4, with the help of friend Carlota Bernal, third from right, who helps with childcare, with her son Blaze Boxell, far right, in Roseville, Minn. Parents are taking on the role of educators now that the schools are closed due to the new coronavirus pandemic. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)

A positive COVID-19 'side effect': Homeschooling

This new bonding experience could lead some to continue the practice of educating their children at home once this crisis has passed and public schools reopen. Published April 13, 2020

Media Scale Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to save the news industry beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

The media, especially newspapers, are in trouble. Conservatives like myself have been relentless in attacking their collective bias over the years, but as more of them fold or reduce staff, it is crucial the institution be saved. Published April 1, 2020

Bank of USA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Mortgaging America's future for the sake of economic relief from coronavirus pandemic

It is not cognitive dissonance -- the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously -- to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing national debt (nearing $24 trillion and counting) will do to the country. Published March 30, 2020

President Bush and Vice President Quayle, circa 1989 Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Whatever happened to Dan Quayle?

He was the 44th vice president of the United States in the George H.W. Bush administration, but for the last 20 years, Dan Quayle has stayed mostly away from the unfriendly glare of political life. I called him to get his thoughts on the coronavirus and the current political scene. Published March 25, 2020