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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, his latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America." Readers may email Mr. Thomas at [email protected].

Articles by Cal Thomas

Lying Hillary Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton is a congenital liar

In 1996, The New York Times columnist William Safire diagnosed Hillary Clinton's real problem. He called her a "congenital liar." Published September 14, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's comments on Trump supporters by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The 'Deplorables'

Every now and again secular progressives rip off their mask and tell conservatives what they really think of them. Published September 12, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's Nixonian "can't recall" strategy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Channeling Nixon

One wouldn't think Hillary Clinton and former President Richard Nixon would have a lot in common, but in responding to FBI investigators that she "could not recall any briefing or training by State related to retention of federal records or handling classified information," Mrs. Clinton took a page straight out of Nixon's playbook. Published September 7, 2016

Apple's EU Tax Problem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The EU's taxing problem

Economics was not one of my favorite subjects in college, so I avoided economic courses. But I do know a few things about human nature. If you tax income at too high a rate, corporations will look elsewhere for relief. Published September 5, 2016

Illustration on immigration, loyalty and citizenship by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump's call for an oath to America

Loyalty oaths have been tried in the past, but eventually were struck down by the courts as either too vague, or an unconstitutional violation of free speech. These applied, as far as I can tell from reading their history, only to American citizens. Published August 31, 2016

Illustrations on scandals in Hillary's past by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Where there's smoke there's fire

The prize quote of this incendiary political year may go to Hillary Clinton. In response to Donald Trump's charge that the Clintons set up a pay-for-play arrangement that granted big contributors access to Mrs. Clinton while she was secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said, "My work as secretary of State was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right to keep Americans safe and protect our interests abroad." Published August 29, 2016

The Abolition of Man Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Abolishing 'man' at Princeton

''He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them "Mankind" when they were created." Published August 24, 2016

Mickey Mouse Photo ID Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

To ID or not to ID?

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different. Published August 22, 2016

Sheriff David Clarke Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hard truths about inner-city dysfunction

Growing up, I watched a lot of Westerns. In addition to the cowboy hero, the town sheriff was almost always a model of integrity. He stood for law and order against bank robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves all trying to disrupt the peace. Published August 17, 2016

Illustration on past Liberal policy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What the past can teach us

While we shouldn't live in the past, we can certainly learn from it. We are not the first humans to walk the Earth, and yet too many, especially the young, suffer from the conceit that history is just a boring subject in school. Published August 15, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at Abraham Lincoln High School, in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Those 'old, tired ideas'

Reacting to Donald Trump's speech Monday to the Detroit Economic Club, Hillary Clinton said her Republican opponent tried to "make his old, tired ideas sound new." As opposed to her old, tired ideas of higher taxes on the wealthy with government as redistributor. Published August 10, 2016

Barbede Rose Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Ransom by another name

You've probably heard the very old riddle: When is a door not a door? When it's ajar. Published August 8, 2016

Jack Huston in a scene from Ben Hur      Paramount/MGM

The third coming of 'Ben-Hur'

Since Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ" grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom lines and reach a demographic they have mostly ignored for decades. Published August 3, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech            The Washington Times

Hillary's recycled speech

Environmentalists should be pleased with Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, because it was largely recycled talking points we have heard for decades. Published August 1, 2016

Trump on TV Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump's acceptance speech

Donald Trump's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention was too long -- 75 minutes -- and too loud. Modulation is the key to good public speaking. One's voice should rise and fall like the tide, which allows really important points to be made whether the volume is low or high. His adult children are better speakers. Published July 25, 2016

Illustration on the dilemma of reform in a nation's leadership by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cause and effect

In 1926, speaking about the Declaration of Independence on its 150th anniversary, President Calvin Coolidge noted the unique philosophy behind the creation of the United States: "We cannot continue to enjoy the result, if we neglect and abandon the cause." Published July 20, 2016

Illustration on the complementary qualities of Donald Trump and Mike Pence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pence is salt to Trump's pepper

The announcement by Donald Trump of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate had not yet been made official last Thursday, but that didn't stop the hard left from hauling out its familiar and overused rhetoric. Published July 18, 2016

Illustration on the potential May/Trump leadership in world affairs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A replay of Thatcher and Reagan?

Is Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher reincarnated? There are similarities. Published July 13, 2016