Following the death of Mao Zedong, former president and founding father of the People’s Republic of China, more than 40 years ago, his successor, Deng Xiaoping, instituted economic reforms that looked less like classic communism and more like capitalism. It didn’t happen all at once, but gradually. The result was that millions of Chinese ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Forget what you hear most pundits saying about last week’s recall election that failed to unseat California Governor Gavin Newsom. Some Democrats think because Newsom ran on an anti-Trump platform that will bring the party success — or cause them less damage — in the next two elections.
They are wrong. The real story is ...Read more
Responding to Democrats in her party who are troubled by the massive $3.5 trillion spending bill that would forever transform America into a debtor nation, politics/fromtheright/calthomas/s-2567115">Read more
For 20 years since Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. presidents have been saying their anti-terrorism policies have worked, as evidenced by no new attacks on America. While we should be grateful another attack hasn’t occurred, past performance is no guarantee of future success. Fanatics are nothing but patient, as we have seen in Afghanistan.
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In the matter of a new Texas law banning abortions six weeks after gestation, when a fetal heartbeat can usually be detected by vaginal ultrasound, suppose the headlines had been different? Instead of words like “most restrictive in nation” (The Wall Street Journal) and “Supreme Court refuses to block Texas law” (The Washington Post), ...Read more
There once were summertimes when the living was easy, as the song from the Broadway musical “Porgy and Bess” melodically reminds us. But not this summer, not with COVID-19 still spreading dangerously across the land and uncertainty over what happens next after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
Before the entire world became ...Read more
When I was in public school, a TV ad asked: “It’s 10 o’clock Do you know where your children are?”
Here’s a better question for today: Do you know what your children are being taught and exposed to in their schools?”
This summer’s controversy over the teaching of critical race theory and whether to wear masks is only part of the ...Read more
What has happened in Afghanistan will not stay in Afghanistan but will have a ripple effect throughout the region and beyond.
In remarks Friday at the White House, President Biden again proved he is out of touch with reality. Responding to criticism that America’s credibility has been damaged due to his precipitous withdrawal of U.S. troops, ...Read more
After searing criticism from Democrats and Republicans about how he has mishandled the withdrawal of the remaining American forces, diplomats, their families and contractors from Afghanistan, President Biden interrupted his Camp David retreat to return to the White House for a politics/fromtheright/calthomas/s-2556441">Read more
If a crisis is a terrible thing to waste, how terrible would it be to waste two simultaneous crises?
While still in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and the Delta variant (isn’t “crisis” overused and thus losing its power?), comes a report from a panel of scientists assembled by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change...Read more
They have been called many things: amoebas, spineless cowards, weaklings, and other names not suitable for print in a family newspaper.
The modern characterization for many politicians who refuse to take a stand, especially in the midst of the growing and rapid threat of American socialism, is the word “weenie.”
People fear being called ...Read more
Semantics are important for how we communicate and define issues. One who controls words controls the narrative.
So, take the words migrant and invader. Is there a difference? It’s all in how they are perceived by some, and the effect their illegal border crossings have on the U.S.
One definition of invasion should focus our attention: “...Read more
As best I recall, the sequence of statements coming from the government and “experts” since the beginning of COVID-19 has gone something like this: You don’t need to wear a mask and it’s no more serious than the flu; you do need to wear a mask, though the virus is so small it can penetrate all but the N95 brand, so you should wear two ...Read more
8/3/21 Cal Thomas column sent through again to delete wayward end quote after American in graf 5. Otherwise, no change to column.
We have always had them among us: fortune tellers, diviners, readers of palms, tarot cards, tea leaves, stars, horoscopes, discerners of animal entrails, calling on gods of wood and stone, and all sorts of other “seers” who have attempted to convince the gullible that they have the power to predict the future.
To some, climate change ...Read more
RAPID CITY, South Dakota — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem likes to present herself as a “normal everyday” person “who enjoys life.”
Appearing at FreedomFest 21, a gathering of 2,700 conservatives and libertarians, Noem politics/fromtheright/calthomas/s-2546640">Read more
People on the far left have become so predictable that their statements are no longer “breaking news.” They would be hilarious if they weren’t outrageous or if they didn’t contribute to the undermining of human rights and freedom in other countries.
Some on the left speak favorably about the evil twins of communism and socialism.
One ...Read more