Columns by Cal Thomas

Churchill: A Man For All Times

Winston Churchill: A man for all times

By Cal Thomas

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LONDON — It is an old debating point: Do the times make the man, or does the man make the times? In the case of Winston Churchill, whose death 50 years ago Saturday the British are remembering with more than nostalgia, it is both.

Seems To Me I've Heard (Obama's) Song Before

Obama sings the same old song

By Cal Thomas

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Here’s a suggestion for Joni Ernst, the new Republican senator from Iowa, who will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address Tuesday night. Get a chorus together and open with this old Sammy Cahn-Jule Styne number: “It seems to me I’ve heard that song before; it’s from an old familiar score, I know it well, that melody.”

George Clooney and Me

Why all the love for George Clooney?

By Cal Thomas

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Social media is agog over George Clooney’s tribute to his wife, Amal, at last weekend’s Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood. Women, especially, are swooning in their tweets and Facebook postings.

Said Clooney, “Listen, it’s humbling to find somebody to love, especially when you’ve been waiting your whole life, especially when your whole life is 53 years … Amal, whatever alchemy brought us together, I couldn’t be more proud to be your husband.”

Is Paris Burning?

Is Paris burning?

By Cal Thomas

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The late Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, Paul Conrad, frequently used religious symbols to illustrate his point of view. Conrad drew the ire of some readers whenever he used the Star of David or a cross in his drawings. Letters to the editor denounced him, but to my knowledge no one showed up at the newspaper to kill him.

Aesop Was Rght

Bill Clinton and the company he keeps

By Cal Thomas

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It is from an Aesop fable we get the phrase, “A man is known by the company he keeps.”

Mario Cuomo RIP

Mario Cuomo: The rhetoric and the record

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How precious in the sight of progressives was one of their saints, Mario Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who died last week at age 82. He was a model of progressivism and a gifted rhetorician.

Is(is) The Enemy Us?

Studying ISIS and ourselves

By Cal Thomas

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The commander of American Special Operations in the Middle East, Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, is reported to be seeking help in learning why the Islamic State is so dangerous. If he doesn’t know, what does that say about the prospect for victory over these radical terrorists who seek to destroy everyone who disagrees with them?

The American Empire

America interrupted

By Cal Thomas

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In the film, “Girl Interrupted,” Winona Ryder plays an 18-year-old who enters a mental institution for what is diagnosed as borderline personality disorder. The year is 1967 and the country is in turmoil over Vietnam and civil rights. While lying on her bed one night and watching TV, she sees a news report about a demonstration. The narrator says something that might apply to today’s turmoil: “We live in a time of doubt. The institutions we once trusted no longer seem reliable.”

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