Latest from Cal Thomas
March 16, 2016, 10:13 PM EDT

It seems like only yesterday -- and in diplomatic terms it was -- that the Obama administration and Democrats in Congress were assuring us the nuclear deal with Iranwas something to celebrate, as one might laud the winning of a Nobel Peace Prize.

March 14, 2016, 8:00 PM EDT

Why does it take death to bring us together? Why not life? Watching Nancy Reagan's funeral on television, the front-row tableau was a picture of unity, in form, if not in substance. There was Gov. Jerry Brown of California, a Democrat, Michelle Obama (D), former President George Bush (R), Laura Bush (R), Hillary Clinton (D), Rosalyn Carter(D) and Caroline Kennedy (D). Democrats and Republicans sat together in common purpose, if not on common ground. 

March 9, 2016, 1:16 PM EST

In his continuing effort to pit races and classes against each other, Democratic presidential candidate and socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has said that if you are white, "you don't know what it's like to be poor." He should drive some of the roads I've driven in West Virginia, among other places. Some of the homes of the white poor look like throwbacks from an earlier time.

March 7, 2016, 3:46 PM EST

Looking for someone -- anyone -- to blame for the rise of Donald Trump? Look no further than the culture beast that is primarily responsible for the fundamental transformation of America.

March 4, 2016, 1:10 PM EST

In the film Girl, Interrupted, the character played by Winona Ryder is watching TV in a psychiatric hospital. There is a news report about a demonstration and the narrator says: "We live in troubled times. The institutions we once trusted no longer seem reliable." As I begin the laborious process of doing my income taxes, I am again reminded -- thanks to withholding and other payments I must make to the government -- that I am paying for so many things that aren't working. The D.C. that follows Washington could easily stand for "dysfunctional city."

March 1, 2016, 7:10 PM EST

I was going to write about how the Republican presidential campaign has become gutter politics, but given Donald Trump's horrid statements, the gutter would be a step up, because things have descended into the sewer.

February 24, 2016, 5:17 PM EST

Everyone knows the meaning of the word "hypocrite" and no one can claim absolute constancy when it comes to living a life consistent with one's stated values. But in this election year, hypocrisy is on full display. It is now being practiced with neither shame nor irony by leading Democrats, who once forcefully argued positions they have now abandoned.

Definitions help focus the mind and so here is one for "hypocrite" from "a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements."

February 22, 2016, 6:25 PM EST

Since religious language has again infected this unpredictable and turbulent political season, here is a verse that could describe the followers of Donald Trump. It is found in Paul’s second letter to his protégé Timothy (or as Trump might call it, Two Timothy): "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."

February 18, 2016, 10:53 PM EST

Few people in modern history have fulfilled their oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution" more than the late Justice Antonin Scalia. He was so well respected that the Senate voted 98-0 in 1986 to confirm him. These days it would be difficult to get a unanimous vote in support of Mother's Day. 

February 16, 2016, 10:17 PM EST

Envy is defined by as "a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc." That perfectly characterizes the entire political philosophy of the Democratic progressive left.

February 10, 2016, 5:24 PM EST

In a day when the most innocuous thing can quickly become political, a Doritos Super Bowl commercial has upset some people who want abortion to be an unrestricted right.

February 8, 2016, 7:37 PM EST

Watching last Thursday's debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight years.

February 3, 2016, 6:05 PM EST

Just as radar warns of approaching storms, so does the flood of migrants entering Europe warn us of a deluge yet to come, not only for Europeans, if they continue to allow unrestricted immigration, but for the United States.

February 1, 2016, 7:33 PM EST

Trump is right about one thing. The public is sick of traditional politicians who make promises but don't deliver, while driving up the debt and lining their pockets. But whose fault is that? Ultimately it's the voters' fault, because they are the ones who put them in office, demanding more from government than it can, or should, deliver and demanding too little of themselves.

Welcome to the United States of Trump.

January 28, 2016, 11:59 PM EST

For anyone whose knowledge of history extends beyond the current season of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" or the latest instant replay of an NFL game, the four days of meetings involving Iran's president Hassan Rouhani, European leaders and businesses should remind people we have seen this show before.

January 26, 2016, 5:13 PM EST

Electing a president, especially in a dangerous world, is important work. Anger and emotion should not govern the choice. Considered judgment should. Trump appeals to the former, but not the latter.

January 22, 2016, 4:58 PM EST

Every American should be glad that American hostages have been freed by the tyrannical Iranian regime and are being reunited with family, friends and co-workers. Less satisfying is the return of Iran's $400 million trust fund, used to buy military equipment, which was frozen in 1979, along with its diplomatic relations with the U.S. (plus what President Obama ludicrously called "appropriate interest" of$1.3 billion), all returned to what the U.S. State Department branded the world's "preeminent sponsor of terrorism."

January 8, 2016, 5:10 PM EST

In one of his last gasp efforts to "fundamentally change" America, President Obama is taking executive action -- because he knows he never would get Congress to agree -- to keep guns out of the hands of people he claims should not have them.

January 4, 2016, 3:32 PM EST

Ever since the miniseries Roots was shown on ABC in 1977, Americans have demonstrated a keen interest in finding out more about where they came from and the names and circumstances of their ancestors.

Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is fulfilling that longing in the latest installment of the PBS series Finding Your Roots. Next to Downton Abbey, which is again drawing large audiences in its sixth and final season, Gates' program (premiering Jan 5) is the best and most compelling television you will ever see. 

January 1, 2016, 9:28 AM EST

Taking stock is a tradition observed by Jews at Yom Kippur and others who examine their lives at the end of a year and vow to improve in the new year. One group needs to take stock perhaps more than any other: the mainstream media. They continue to lose readers and viewers, but close their eyes and ears to complaints from the public, guaranteeing continued decline in revenue, along with buyouts and layoffs. The conservative Media Reseach Center has compiled some of the more outrageous statements the media made in 2015.