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Cal Thomas

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THOMAS: Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson

It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called “Theater of the Absurd.” These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work. What reminded me of this is now “playing” in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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CAL THOMAS: Robin Williams -- Comedy and tragedy

OPINION: Full of joy on the outside, Robin Williams apparently was tormented inside

Many people misunderstand clinical depression. They think because someone has wealth and fame, or circumstances better than others, they should be happy, or at least content.

THOMAS: Confronting ISIS: 'It takes an army to defeat an army'

When liberal Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid.

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CAL THOMAS: The Nixon resignation, 40 years later

OPINION: Nixon was not brought down; he committed political suicide

President Richard Nixon thought he could get away with what other politicians had done, but forgot the rules were different for Republicans.

THOMAS: People, not politicians improve world economies

After years of debt (90.6 percent of GDP in 2013) and deficit spending, Britain’s ruling Conservative Party is crowing about the latest economic figures that show the country has outpaced the developed world in its economic recovery. Reuters reports that the International Monetary Fund recently upgraded Britain’s projected economic growth this year to 3.2 percent, leading “the world’s big rich economies.”

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CAL THOMAS: World War I -- the not-so-great war

OPINION: Of all the wars, this one may have been the least predictable

What was then called The Great War turned out to be “great,” but only in its carnage. The figures, though still in dispute, are staggering even to this day.

THOMAS: Is Lois Lowry’s ‘The Giver’ a portent of what might be?

“The Giver” is based on the best-selling novel by Lois Lowry, which won the 1994 Newbery Medal. The film has an A-list cast, comprised of Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift.

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CAL THOMAS: Border move by Texas governor a bold one

OPINION: Most Americans believe influx from south is because of economic reasons

Critics will call it a stunt and accuse Texas Gov. Rick Perry of showboating, but at least he is taking action, while President Obama, who took an oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic, drinks beer, plays pool and attends fundraisers as our borders are overrun

THOMAS: No more aid to the Palestinian Authority

There is no moral equivalency between Israel and those who wish to destroy the Jewish state. None. Stopping aid to terrorists would be the best policy option.

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CAL THOMAS: Are black supporters turning on Obama?

OPINION: President, Democrats may be losing iron grip on African-American voters

Criticism of President Barack Obama from African Americans in Chicago would have been regarded as the political equivalent of heresy a few years ago.

THOMAS: Don’t fence me in

At last, an Obama administration official has come out in favor of a fence. He promises it will bring security to people on both sides of the border.

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CAL THOMAS: Chicago: A town that won't let you down?

What would the great civil rights leaders of the past think of their youth today?

THOMAS: Constitution, not illegal immigration is ‘central to our way of life’ Constitution, not illegal immigration is ‘central to our way of life’

The easiest solution to “immigration reform” is to first secure the border and then deal with the illegal aliens already here. Polls show the public favors this approach by large majorities. Meanwhile the president makes speeches and seeks to add to his party’s political base, rather than solve the problem.

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CAL THOMAS: Federalist papers are the DNA of America

OPINION: The Founders understood human natural had to be controlled

The growth, reach, and cost of big government is happening before our eyes and eroding our liberty, largely because too many Americans are not familiar with the brilliant system of government our Founders established.

THOMAS: Obama, the arrogrant president

President Obama acts as if elections other than his own don’t matter. His attitude seems to be, “I have the power and the rest of government be damned.”

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CAL THOMAS: There is no denying climate change deniers

OPINION: The global warmers refuse to discuss, debate or even mention science questioning and disproving their theories

The nihilists are those who refuse to accept any scientific information that undermines their claim that the globe is warming and humans are responsible for it. Cults are like that.

THOMAS: The difference between Republicans and Democrats

Republicans should promise that if voters allow them to regain control of all three branches of government, an outside auditor will be named to go through the federal government, recommending to Congress which agencies can be reduced in size or even eliminated. Congress would require itself to accept the auditor’s findings, as with the Defense Base Realignment and Closing Commission, which has been charged with increasing the Defense Department’s efficiency by the realignment and closure of unnecessary U.S. military installations.

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CAL THOMAS: U.S. troops return to Iraq, too little, too late

OPINION: President Obama has made a warning by President Bush seven years ago come true

The “Great Satan” retreating in the face of a few thousand members of “Allah’s army” will serve as a productive recruiting film for more jihadists to come join the fight.

THOMAS: Iraq is on its own

Withdrawal from this war is a policy of surrender. What we need is a unified approach to fighting Islamic extremism by us and other allied nations. What we need is a policy that works.

CAL THOMAS: Hillary Clinton presidential bid would be on style, not her record

OPINION: Based on her record, America is not Ready for Hillary

Liberal commentary on Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” are not as enthusiastic as had been expected, but they’ll come around for her presidential bid.

THOMAS: When it comes to prisoner swapping, Israel is not America

How different will America be if we allow Islamic jihadists to have their way? While we practice tolerance, pluralism, diversity and freedom of religion, they practice the opposite. For them the war will not be over until they win it. For America, packing up and going home isn’t victory, it’s just quitting.

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CAL THOMAS: D-Day is dumb day for too many

OPINION: Colleges and universities clearly are not teaching what they once did

The ACTA survey found that 70 percent of recent college graduates knew D-Day occurred during World War II, compared to 98 percent of college graduates 65 and older.

THOMAS: Negotiating with terrorists

Radical Islamists are serious about killing in pursuit of their extreme objectives. Releasing their soldiers can only embolden them to take more Americans hostage. The deal for Sgt. Bergdahl may well turn out to have been a bargain with the devil.

CAL THOMAS: The Tea Party is doing well in Europe

OPINION: Conservative movement crosses the Atlantic

Much of the British and American public — and increasingly in the EU — are beyond frustrated that politicians are not fulfilling their promises and seem more interested in perpetuating their political careers instead of doing what promotes the better interests of their nations.

THOMAS: The Rich List and the West’s culture of envy

The “Rich List” is fun to read, but the stories behind their wealth ought to be a lesson to people living in free societies. That lesson is that while not all can necessarily become as rich as these men and women, by adopting their work ethic they can improve their lives far beyond their current place on the economic ladder, to their benefit and to the benefit of their nation.

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CAL THOMAS: The VA, the NHS and choice

The crumbling National Health Service in the United Kingdom is a glaring example of what goes wrong when a government runs health care.

THOMAS: Hillary’s health matters

If Hillary Clinton’s concussion was not serious and there are no concerns about its long-term effects; if the glasses she now wears are not to correct double vision or other lingering symptoms attributed to her fall, then there is no problem. But if the reverse is true and she is covering it up, the public has a right to know and she has a duty to tell us.

CAL THOMAS: There is no free speech when it comes to gay rights

OPINION: Homosexuality has become the deadly third rail of politics in the U.S.

Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood.

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CAL THOMAS: Pope Francis has it wrong on redistribution of wealth

I have great respect for the humility displayed by Pope Francis, but in his latest call for the “legitimate” redistribution of wealth, he has it backward. Instead of taking more money from those who have earned it, he should advocate for creating new wealth.

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THOMAS: Government waste: Where has all the money gone?

To paraphrase the old Peter, Paul and Mary song: where has all the money gone? Long time passing. Gone to earmarks and down a sinkhole. When will we ever learn?

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CAL THOMAS: Government waste: Where has all the money gone?

Most people, perhaps even the super-wealthy, who are usually accountable to auditors, want to know where their money goes. Not so with the federal government.

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CAL THOMAS: U.S. government does not need a constitutional power boost

OPINION: Former Justice John Paul Stevens is proposing six constitutional amendments in his new book

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ proposals, including a weakening of gun rights and abolishing the death penalty, is a revealing look at the thought process of a liberal.

THOMAS: Faith in Obamacare, or government, is misplaced

Real faith is based on something substantive, not false hope. Government is a false god that history proves can’t deliver on most of its promises.

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CAL THOMAS: Chicken Little science proponents cluck louder

OPINION: Faced with indifference, global warming alarmist raise the decibel level

The Obama administration and liberal politicians in general seem to promote climate change fiction in order to gain even more dominance over our lives. Apparently controlling one-sixth of the economy through Obamacare isn’t enough for them.

THOMAS: Sebelius is the definition of a scapegoat

President Obama’s nominee to replace Sebelius, budget director Sylvia Burwell, might turn out to be better at fixing websites, but she doesn’t have the power to fix Obamacare. No one does because it is based on a weak foundation and the notion that government can do anything.

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CAL THOMAS: Kerry failure with Israel, Palestinians no surprise

OPINION: A peace process will not work if one side does not want peace

The accumulation of evidence over the years points to one thing: Palestinians want Israel wiped out and believe they have a divine mandate to destroy it.

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THOMAS: Time to focus on things that work

Most businesses conduct audits or internal reviews to make sure they are operating efficiently. Not the federal government.

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CAL THOMAS: The ABC's of school choice

OPINION: School choice would bring competition to the education field

Parents and children want to have choice in where those children are educated, but that runs into conflict with unions and politicians.

THOMAS: Much ado about Noah

It wasn’t so long ago that conservative Christians believed Hollywood to be evil and some preachers instructed their congregations not to go to movies lest they be tempted beyond their ability to resist. Now Christians are debating film content. That’s progress of a sort.

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CAL THOMAS: Caesar is crossing the church-state line

OPINION: Government continues its incursion into religion territory

It will take a GOP-led Congress and a Republican in the White House to fix the mess that is Obamacare.

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THOMAS: Fred Phelps: Satan's servant

Though Fred Phelps is gone, the kind of hate he preached remains. It is why hate must be opposed no matter which group, faith, ceremony, or individual is the target.

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CAL THOMAS: The United States is becoming a humiliation nation

OPINION: Western leaders look for good in bad people when there is none

Russian President Vladimir Putin fooled President George W. Bush, and now Putin is laughing at the worthless sanctions the U.S. is imposing for his military invasion of Crimea.

THOMAS: Missing: A foreign policy

American foreign policy in 2014 hasn’t been born, because under this administration it does not even appear to have yet been conceived.

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CAL THOMAS: Culture of today ignores satisfaction with life

OPINION: There is never a top 10 list of ways to feel satisfied with your life

Working longer and working harder are not necessarily the same thing. Eulogies review a life in terms different than society’s values for success.

THOMAS: Helping minority children key for conservatives

If conservatives really want to attract more minority voters they will help their kids. It’s positive, it’s optimistic, and it will work.

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THOMAS: A closer look at Arizona

Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the “religious freedom bill” passed by the Republican legislature. While there is no mention in the bill of same-sex marriage, or even homosexuals, most people believe same-sex marriage and homosexuals were the targets of the proposed law.

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CAL THOMAS: Is Sen. Ted Cruz out of control?

OPINION: Sen. Cruz says the overall record of Tea Party candidates is far better than the establishment’s record

The Republican senator says that history has proven failing to rock and boat and take stands is a recipe for a party to fail at the ballot box.

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THOMAS: Separation of government from press

After much criticism from conservative quarters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided, at least for now, to withdraw plans for its proposed study of how media organizations gather and report news.

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CAL THOMAS: Returning to the past no winner for Republicans

OPINION: Attacking Bill Clinton’s philandering will not sway women from voting for Hillary Clinton

People long ago made their judgments on the Clintons and decided his — and her — behavior about infidelity was a private matter.

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THOMAS: Michele Bachmann says she’s undeterred and undiminished

Michele Bachmann remains confident and resolute despite many political setbacks. We met in her office while much of Congress was fleeing the Capitol Building ahead of a major storm that eventually dumped a foot of snow on Washington. The snow was a big deal to residents of the nation’s capital, but little more than flurries to a Minnesotan like Bachmann.

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