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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 syndicated columnist since 1984, he is the author of “America’s Expiration Date: The Fall of Empires, Superpowers and the United States” (HarperCollins/Zondervan, January 2020). His latest book is “A Watchman in the Night: What I’ve Seen in 50 Years Reporting on America” (Humanix Books, May 2023). Readers may email Mr. Thomas at

Columns by Cal Thomas

President Joe Biden raises the hand of Vice President Kamala Harris after viewing the Independence Day fireworks display over the National Mall from the balcony of the White House, Thursday, July 4, 2024, in Washington. She's already broken barriers, and now Harris could soon become the first Black woman to head a major party's presidential ticket after President Joe Biden's ended his reelection bid. The 59-year-old Harris was endorsed by Biden on Sunday, July 21, after he stepped aside amid widespread concerns about the viability of his candidacy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden’s exit doesn’t mean Harris automatically succeeds him

What is amusing and simultaneously contributes to the cynicism some feel about politics is how many Democrats claimed until recently that President Biden was a different man in private than the mumbling, stumbling man everyone could hear and see in public. Published July 22, 2024

Illustration on the divide between the Democrats and Republicans by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Democrats and Republicans must tone down the rhetoric

In the aftermath of the attempted assassination of Donald Trump, Lincoln's words, uttered during the horrific Civil War, can be a healing balm if only politicians, the media and activists would embrace them. Published July 15, 2024

Elders Biden's reelection bid illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Biden cover-up: President must take cognitive test

Anyone hoping George Stephanopoulos' interview of President Biden would allay the growing fears of Democrats that the president is not mentally fit to serve another four years must be disappointed. Published July 8, 2024

Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts Jr. arrives before President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool, File)

Supreme Court protects all presidents

Put aside former President Donald Trump (an impossible task for some) and examine the Supreme Court's majority ruling that protects any president from litigation for decisions and actions he (or she, but for the sake of this column, I will use the male pronoun) has made while in office. Published July 3, 2024

President Joe Biden speaks during a presidential debate with Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Biden claims to know right from wrong

At a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, following his universally criticized debate performance, President Biden attempted to draw a distinction between himself and former President Donald Trump: "I know how to tell the truth. I know right from wrong." Published July 1, 2024

Tourists visit the Supreme Court, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Supreme Court to rule on transgender law

As if current Supreme Court cases were not controversial enough, the justices have accepted an appeal by the Biden administration seeking to "block state bans on gender-affirming care for minors." Notice that the media declare something "controversial" only when rulings go against the favored position of liberal elites. Published June 26, 2024

Then-President Donald Trump and then-former Vice President Joe Biden square off during the first presidential debate at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

My questions for the candidates: A quest for honest answers, not sound bites

The debate between President Biden and former President Donald Trump on CNN on Thursday night ought to be more than the rehearsed answers and sound bites we've heard before. Polls show Americans are alarmed over what many feel is our country's unraveling in terms of the economy, uncontrolled immigration, the weakening of once-shared moral values, and what used to be known as cultural norms. Published June 24, 2024

Who's a 'threat to democracy'? illustration by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

Who’s a ‘threat to democracy’?

People of a certain age will recall a time when, after an election, the losing side would usually accept the results and initially give support to a new president during what was then called the "honeymoon" stage. Published June 19, 2024

The national debt clock is seen in midtown Manhattan, Thursday, May 25, 2023. According to a report from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, the expenditure on interest payments reached a staggering $514 billion during the first seven months of fiscal 2024 as the national debt approaches $34.8 trillion. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

From great orators to gobbledygook

Once, in America -- and in some other parts of the world -- we were gifted by great orators, men and women who could, through the power and content of their words, inspire, motivate and sometimes unify their nations. Published June 17, 2024

Limiting illegal immigrants before an election illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Biden’s border order: Too little, too late, too political

President Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have told the country they do not have the power to stop the flow of migrants entering the country unlawfully unless Congress passes new laws. Published June 5, 2024

The 'new Nixon' and Trump illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

What the ‘new Nixon’ could teach Trump

In August 1968, Richard Nixon achieved what The New York Times called "the greatest reversal of fortune in American political history." Published May 28, 2024