Latest from Cal Thomas
December 28, 2015, 1:41 PM EST

President Obama and members of his administration assure us we have nothing to fear when it comes to terrorism. Whether you accept this, or not -- and opinion polls show a majority do not -- there is another fear that in large part is behind the phenomenon known as Donald Trump. It is the fear we are in danger of losing America. Speaking as a member of a group that will in this century become a minority in America -- that would be white people -- I don't fear minority status. I fear that those who will soon make up the majority will not embrace the values and traditions that have built and sustained America through wars, economic downturns and other challenges to our way of life.

December 17, 2015, 5:14 PM EST

Each of the Republican presidential candidates brings something good to the race for the GOP nomination and some things not so good. In the fifth and final GOP debate of the year, the candidates on the main stage, and even a few on the "undercard," presented ideas and positions that many Republican voters would consider far better than those we have now under the president we have now.

December 16, 2015, 12:06 AM EST

If representatives of the nearly 200 nations gathered in Paris for the UN Conference on Climate Change had instead formed a coalition to fight a real threat -- Islamic terrorism -- they might have accomplished something useful. Instead, what they came up with is a document that even Secretary of State John Kerry, in a rare moment of candor, confessed is pointless.

Here's Kerry: "...The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what -- that still wouldn't be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world."

December 8, 2015, 9:57 PM EST

Wisdom can often be found in unexpected places. During debate in the House of Commons on whether Britain should join the U.S. and Russia in bombing ISIS targets in Syria, Hilary Benn, the shadow foreign secretary of the liberal Labour Party, delivered a speech that approached Winston Churchill in its vision.

December 2, 2015, 10:12 PM EST

JERUSALEM -- More than a decade after my 19th trip to Israel and the Middle East, this 20th visit shows how some things have changed, but the important ones remain the same.

November 24, 2015, 8:47 PM EST

President Obama has put a new twist on the Islamic invasion now taking place across Europe and the United States. Speaking to reporters last week during his visit to the Philippines, the president compared Syrian refugees to "tourists," saying they are no bigger a threat than people who come to sightsee and visit attractions.


November 18, 2015, 9:58 PM EST

"[T]he leadership at the University of Missouri didn't lead at all. They cut and ran. To put a twist on a cliche, it isn't about the inmates taking over the asylum; rather it is about the children taking over the daycare center."

November 13, 2015, 3:58 PM EST

We are moving beyond the "who won" stage in these Republican debates into the "who would you be most comfortable with as president" and "who is best equipped to defeat Hillary Clinton?" The answer to both questions seems to be Sen. Marco Rubio.

November 4, 2015, 1:08 PM EST

Appearing last weekend on "Fox News Sunday," Ryan said, "We've been too timid on policy. We've been too timid on vision -- we have none. We fight over tactics because we don't have a vision."

He's right. Ryan might have also added that for too long Republicans have allowed the left to set the agenda and then spent too much time trying to prove they are not who the Democrats say they are.

October 26, 2015, 4:18 PM EDT

The major media are openly and shamelessly boosting Clinton and her presidential campaign and will continue to clear a path for her all the way to the Democratic presidential nomination and to Election Day. Every major newspaper declared Hillary the winner in the 11-hour marathon hearing. So, too, the TV networks.

October 20, 2015, 9:44 PM EDT

When President Obama meets in Washington November 9 with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, I would imagine Netanyahu's main concern will be to find out exactly what the U.S. means by "infringement" as it applies to the Iran nuclear agreement. What exactly will the U.S. do when, not if, Iran violates the deal? What if Israel and the U.S. disagree as to whether there has been a violation?

October 14, 2015, 8:54 PM EDT

Watching the Democratic candidates’ presidential debate Tuesday night one might think a Republican has been in the White House since 2009. These political Lilliputians could find little to say that was positive. The economy is bad, too many people aren’t working (whose fault is that?), we should spend trillions more we don’t have because everything we’re spending now isn’t producing results. Memo to Democrats: If your policies are failing, try something different.

September 16, 2015, 5:31 PM EDT

Self-declared socialist and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders entered what his supporters must consider the belly of the beast on Monday. He spoke at the conservative evangelical Liberty University in Virginia. Some of those supporters sat in reserved seats, ensuring his remarks would be received with some applause.

September 9, 2015, 3:34 PM EDT

Attempts by conservative Christians to impose through politics and government the principles inherent in their kingdom have mostly failed. Witness Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis.

September 3, 2015, 6:53 PM EDT

Back when I was in school, I performed a scientific experiment in which I poured a liquid of one color into a beaker that contained liquid of a different color. At first the liquid in the beaker was diluted, but as I kept pouring, the poured liquid eventually overtook the liquid in the beaker, creating an entirely new substance.

That's what is happening in Europe as thousands of migrants flee their home countries, seeking refuge in the European Union. Germany, alone, is expected to have received 800,000 migrants by the end of the year, four times last year's number.

August 17, 2015, 9:28 PM EDT

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represent two sides of the same coin. Both men have tapped into a deep anger -- a discontent -- in the public mood. But our anger should be directed less at politicians (although many are deservedly targets) and more at ourselves for expecting more from government than it can deliver. 

August 11, 2015, 9:07 PM EDT

While every viewer probably had questions they wish had been asked, overall I thought the panel's choices were fine. As one with some experience in responding to aggressive questioning from liberal TV and radio interrogators, here are some suggestions for the candidates should the sort of questions they faced last Thursday come up again.

July 31, 2015, 3:29 PM EDT

When it comes to debates the Oxford Union, which bills itself as the "world's most prestigious debating society," remains the gold standard.... Oxford Union debates produce useful information. The same cannot be said for U.S. presidential debates.

July 24, 2015, 6:19 PM EDT

What is most shocking about an undercover video of a conversation between Deborah Nucatola, a Planned Parenthood executive, and two antiabortion activists from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) posing as employees from a biotech firm is why anyone is shocked.

June 23, 2015, 8:54 PM EDT

It is such a rare act that most do not know how to respond, except in stunned silence. Relatives of the nine people murdered while attending a Bible study and prayer meeting at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, South Carolina, told the accused killer they forgive him.