Columns by Cal Thomas

Oh Scotland!

Scotland’s future hangs in balance

By Cal Thomas

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“The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.” — Scottish poet Robert Burns, “To a Mouse” (1786)

CAIRNRYAN, Scotland — For Americans whose knowledge of this beautiful land is limited to kilts, whiskey, bagpipes and the film “Braveheart,” the forthcoming referendum on whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent nation will come as a curiosity at best.

What Happens After Another Terrorist Attack?

If ISIS attacks again, what will U.S. do?

By Cal Thomas

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The Obama administration is reportedly considering airstrikes in Syria against the terrorist group ISIS. The New York Times quotes “a top national security adviser” to the president as saying the U.S. is “‘not going to be restricted by borders’ to protect its interests…”

Let's Win This War

ISIS ‘a national security threat’

By Cal Thomas

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Absurdities in Ferguson, MO

Theater of the Absurd in Ferguson, Missouri

By Cal Thomas

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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.

Robin Williams

Robin Williams: Comedy and tragedy

By Cal Thomas

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Robin Williams made me cry. Like his mentor, the late Jonathan Winters, Williams, who committed suicide Monday, made me laugh so intensely tears would come to my eyes.

Williams’ death made headlines and led TV newscasts. His comedic genius diverted us from stories about terrorism and other sadness in the world. That’s what comedy does. It makes us forget our troubles — national, international and personal — and for a moment, embrace happiness.

When A Liberal and Conservative Agree

Confronting ISIS — ‘It takes an army to defeat an army’

By Cal Thomas

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

The Nixon Resignation Plus 40

The Nixon resignation at 40

By Cal Thomas

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On the occasion of this week’s 40th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency, The Washington Post sponsored a reunion featuring Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Watergate reporters who “brought down” the 37th president.

What Would Shakespeare Say?

People, not politicians improve world economies

By Cal Thomas

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STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England — “Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.” — “Hamlet,” Act I, Scene III

William Shakespeare is not known for his economic expertise, but the advice he gives through Polonius in “Hamlet” may be the best counsel ever offered for individuals and governments.

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