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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

The Scream Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Is this panic over coronavirus justified, or not?

Gee, I wonder why fear and anxiety are looming? Could the major media, which love promoting fear when it comes to hurricanes, also be promoting fear while mostly ignoring those who recover from the virus? Published March 16, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden waits to deliver his speech during a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio. Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Is Joe Biden mentally fit to be president?

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently announced he was a candidate "for the United States Senate." He called the state of Vermont "a neat town." "Make sure you have a record player on at night," he advised an audience and "Poor kids are just as talented as white kids." Published March 11, 2020

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. speaks to abortion rights demonstrators at a rally outside the Supreme Court, in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, as the court takes up the first major abortion case of the Trump era Wednesday, an election-year look at a Louisiana dispute that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to roll back abortion rights. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Schumer threatening conservative justices 'inexcusable'

Just when you may have thought that the low quality of political rhetoric in Washington could not get any worse, along comes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, to prove otherwise. Published March 9, 2020

Dealing with the Devil Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

United States bargains with the Taliban devil

The worst outcome would be a regrouping of terrorists in Afghanistan and another attack on the United States, which next time might result in more deaths than occurred on Sept. 11, 2001. Published March 4, 2020

Illustration on the threat of coronavirus by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Dems must stop politicizing the coronavirus

There is a disease going around, and I'm not talking only about the coronavirus. It's a political disease, and it seems to be spreading, especially among certain politicians who are looking for another way to expel President Trump from office. Published March 2, 2020

Illustration on Bernie Sanders' communism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bernie Sanders: Russia's ideal socialist-communist candidate

The initial presumption was that Russian President Vladimir Putin favors President Trump's re-election. Why would he when he has someone more closely associated with his ideology than Mr. Trump? That would be the self-described Democratic socialist, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent. Published February 26, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Bloomberg's Las Vegas debate debut didn't 'get it done'

The only thing that can be said about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first appearance with his fellow Democratic presidential candidates in Las Vegas Wednesday night was that Mike did not get it done, as his campaign ads promise he will if he becomes president. Published February 24, 2020

Mayor Pete and Democrats: Moderate or Centrist? Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Moderate wing of Democratic Party returns but no room for pro-lifers

"For all the thunder on the Bernie Sanders left, the most interesting trend in the Democratic campaign this year may be the re-emergence of the moderate wing of the party, led by charismatic new voices: Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar." Published February 17, 2020

DeVos doubles down on education reforms

Mrs. DeVos has tried to reduce the federal footprint in public education, because the more than $1 trillion she says has been spent has not produced positive results. Published February 12, 2020

State of President Trump illustration by The Washington Times

SOTU: Trump celebrated all he and Republicans have accomplished

The president's State of the Union speech Tuesday night resembled a campaign rally. Some Republicans shouted "four more years" as he approached the lectern. Democrats mostly looked glum, shook their heads, pursed their lips, laughed in response to some of his remarks and in the case of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to be talking to herself. Published February 5, 2020

Allegations Against Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

After Trump acquittal, what's next?

Just because the Senate is about to acquit President Trump of charges Republicans believed never rose to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors," don't think Democrats will raise the white flag of surrender. They (and their media allies) have only just begun. Published February 3, 2020

Illustration on Israeli/Palestinian peace by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's Mideast peace plan is doomed to fail

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas rejected the Trump plan before it was announced, calling the president a "dog" and another name not fit to print. Published January 29, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to reporters after a campaign event, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

U.S. election campaigns resemble endless wars

The campaign process begins with candidates establishing "exploratory committees" during which the "explorer" speaks about carefully poll-tested subjects and repeats them ad nauseum, while fundraising and appearing on TV. Published January 27, 2020

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, gives pens to, from left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., after she signed the resolution to transmit the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The two articles of impeachment against Trump are for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House impeachment will be a 'permanent stain' on Dems' legacy

The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The other picture was of President Trump signing phase one of a new trade deal with China. Published January 20, 2020