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Rick Perry’s bold border move
By Cal Thomas

GOV. RICK PERRY of Texas plans to order 1,000 National Guard troops to his state’s border with Mexico in an effort to stem the tide of immigrants illegally entering from Central America, dispersing around the country once they’ve made it into Texas.

Critics will call it a stunt and accuse 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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:48 AM
 
Chicago: it won’t let you down?
By Cal Thomas

FRANK SINATRA’S song about Chicago, “My Kind of Town,” “a the town that won’t let you down,” seems dated in light of last weekend’s shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate incidents. According to the Chicago Tribune, “The victims were among 82 people shot between Thursday afternoon and early Monday.”

Chicago wasn’t alone in the Independence Day violence. New York City and Detroit combined for 10 dead in 46 shootings, but let’s stick with Chicago where violence in mainly poor African-American and Hispanic neighborhoods has become a way of death.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the familiar statement that

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 11:25 AM
 
Republicans lack that uniformity
By Cal Thomas

IT IS A line I have used to open speeches on the lecture circuit for years and it never fails to get a laugh: “I’m happy to be here tonight from Washington, D.C., where the only politicians with convictions are in prison.”

That’s only partially true. Democrats have convictions. They know what to do with power when they get it and how to isolate, even punish, any member of their party who dares to take a different position on an issue. Republicans seem to constantly react to the policies of Democrats or slam each other instead of making a case for the superiority of their ideas. It doesn’t help Republicans that they lack the Democrats’ uniformity.

President Obama’s approval ratings continue to plummet,

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 10:46 AM
 
Ready for Hillary?
By Cal Thomas

I EXPECTED nothing but effusive praise from major media for Hillary Clinton’s new book, “Hard Choices,” much like the mass exaltation it showered on Barack Obama, America’s first African-American president.

Initially that seemed where the reviews were headed.

Prior to the book’s official release June 10, the “journalists” on CBS “This Morning”

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 11:13 AM
 
Negotiating with terrorists
By Cal Thomas

EUPHORIA OVER THE Taliban’s release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was quickly tempered by media reports that Bergdahl had abandoned his post and that his father made comments opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bergdahl’s father tweeted, “I am still working to free all Guantanamo prisoners. God will repay for the death of every Afghan child.”

Does that include those children killed while being used as human shields by the Taliban? Where is Bergdahl’s concern for women who die from “honor killings” and for girls who are denied an education?

The up-front cost of this “prisoner exchange” is the release of five terrorists

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:05 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:06 AM )
 
Free speech not so free
By Cal Thomas

ONCE, SOCIAL Security was the “third rail” of politics. Touch it and face political death. Now it is homosexuality. Criticize anything gay people do and you risk ostracism, fines, suspension or loss of your livelihood.

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by a National Football League team — the St. Louis Rams picked him 249th in the last round — is being treated by the media and those in the gay rights movement as the equivalent of an early American pioneer.

Miami Dolphins safety Don Jones, apparently,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:43 AM
 
Clinton’s ‘gospel’ having impact
By Cal Thomas

FAITH IS MAKING a comeback among liberal Democrats, but they still have a way to go.

First, some history.Hoping to attract some Evangelical Christian votes more than 20 years ago, former vice president Al Gore wrote that the biblical story of Noah and the Ark could be paraphrased in modern terms, “Thou shalt preserve biodiversity” (“Earth in the Balance” p. 245). Gore also claimed the first recorded instance of pollution was when Cain killed Abel and Abel’s blood “falls on the ground, rendering it fallow” (p. 247).

Gore seemed fluent in religious language

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 9:28 AM
 
Climate change not on voters’ list
By Cal Thomas

THE CULT CENTERED on global warming alarmism is getting hot under the collar. People seem to have stopped paying attention and polls show “climate change” barely registers on a list of voters’ concerns.

This can only mean, as losing politicians like to say, that their message isn’t getting through. What to do? Why shout louder, of course.

A recent story in The New York Times

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:30 AM
 
Much ado about the film ‘Noah’
By Cal Thomas

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.

The main complaint from critics of the film “Noah,” which opened last Friday with an impressive opening day take of an estimated $44 million in ticket sales, is that it doesn’t accurately reflect the rather slim biblical account in Genesis. Here’s some breaking news for the critics: Noah didn’t speak English, as Russell Crowe does in the film, so right there we have a departure from biblical accuracy. One should not turn to Hollywood for theological truth.

In his book “Hollywood vs. America,”

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 10:42 AM
 
Still missing, a foreign policy
By Cal Thomas

WHAT HAPPENED to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may eventually be discovered, but there is something else that has been missing for much longer and its “disappearance” has far greater implications for America. It is our foreign policy. Can anyone say what it is?

With Russia’s Vladimir Putin behaving like a modern Catherine the Great in his efforts to annex Crimea and possibly all of Ukraine, what is our policy toward Russia, which is behaving increasingly like its former, supposedly dead, communist self?

In a New York Times op-ed column last week,

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:34 AM
 
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