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  • Romney-Ryan: Real change Aug 15, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Is America ready for a serious discussion of issues, rather than the superficial approach that has defined so much of modern politics? We're about to find out.

  • The ‘boring’ 2012 campaign Aug 8, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The Romney campaign should consider speeches and more campaign ads that feature people who have "made it" on their own, or who have overcome personal difficulties by embracing timeless truths.

  • Suppose Michele Bachmann is right about Islamic infiltration Jul 30, 2012 11:35 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Many in government and the media don't want to face the possibility that infiltration is a tactic of Islamic extremists who repeatedly say they want to destroy not only Israel but the "Great Satan" America.

  • The dark night in all our souls Jul 24, 2012 3:42 PM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: What is always left out of this familiar scenario is an in-depth discussion of evil. Politicians and commentators almost never speak of evil as something that resides deep inside the human heart.

  • The Stossel solution Jul 18, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Why does inefficient, costly and unresponsive government continue to grow while the people and companies that could do the work much better are regulated and taxed to death?

  • The numbers game Jul 13, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The president's policies, which appear to have stifled economic growth, continue to contribute to the dismal jobs outcome.

  • Selective morality in America Jul 6, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The health care ruling is an example of the "Oprahfication" of America in which feelings trump truth and personal experience and class guilt rule, not the Constitution.

  • Should the West believe Egypt’s new president? Jul 2, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The Muslim Brotherhood knows how Westerners think. They are playing us for fools.

  • Britain’s object lesson on Obamacare Jun 27, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) is the best guidebook for Americans concerned where a nationalized health system might take us.

  • The Iron Lady warned us Jun 14, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: A vote to move Britain closer to the European Union would wreck Britain's struggling economy and potentially cause it to go down the drain along with most of the other economies on the continent.

  • Growing independence from both parties Jun 8, 2012 11:33 AM
    In his 2007 book, “The Great Upheaval: America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800,” historian Jay Winik writes that among Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, none “believed in political parties, which they feared would lead to ‘rage,’ ‘dissolution,’ and eventual ‘ruin’ of the republic ...” The latest poll from the Pew Research Center, “Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years,” seems to indicate that the American people have come around to their way of thinking. The poll, writes The New York Times, found that “the share of self-identified Republicans has declined over the last two decades to about 24 percent of the country, from about 31 percent. The share of Democrats has stayed about steady — to 32 percent, from 33 percent — while the share of independents has risen to 38 percent, from 29 percent.” And while “Americans of different races are no more polarized in their political views than they were 25 years ago,” suggests the Times, the poll indicates that “Republicans have moved farther to the right — on economic issues, at least — than Democrats have moved to the left” and the parties “appear to have lost some of the people who were closer to the middle of the political spectrum and retained those closer to the extremes.” In short, more Americans are ditching the big two political parties, leaving hard-liners behind. The result? Political stagnation. So much for well-reasoned debate and consensus. So much for moving the country forward. What appears to frustrate voters is that not enough members of either party seem capable, or interested, in solving our problems. Instead, their primary concern appears to be achieving and holding onto power and the perks of office. Democrats answer the problem of increasing debt with more debt. Republicans want to reduce the size and cost of government, but won’t make meaningful cuts. The media play a major role in perpetuating the gridlock by mostly ignoring solutions, focusing instead on the political horse race and the names politicians call each other. The response from Democrats to a serious proposal for repairing health care as proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was a TV ad in which an actor portraying Ryan tossed an elderly woman in a wheelchair over a cliff. This is not a serious response to a serious proposal. It is street theater. A major reason for government’s inability — even unwillingness — to repair its own dysfunction is that we are still living off the inertia of government’s central role during the Great Depression, and later “The Great Society” in which government presented itself as everyone’s savior. Personal responsibility for one’s life and accountability for wrong decisions took a back seat. “A Time for Governing: Policy Solutions from the Pages of National Affairs,” a new book compiled by the quarterly journal, National Affairs, contains essays that address credible solutions to our major economic problems that nearly everyone, regardless of party affiliation, acknowledges must be solved for a stable American future. In his essay “Beyond the Welfare State,” National Affairs editor Yuval Levin addresses the heart of the problem: “Human societies do not work by obeying orderly commands from central managers, however well-meaning; they work through the erratic interplay of individual and, even more, of familial and communal decisions answering locally felt desires and needs.” Levin adds, “In our everyday experience, the bureaucratic state presents itself not as a benevolent provider and protector, but as a corpulent behemoth — flabby, slow and expressionless, unmoved by our concerns, demanding compliance with arcane and seemingly meaningless rules as it breathes musty air in our faces and sends us to the back of the line. “Unresponsive ineptitude is not merely an annoyance. The sluggishness of the welfare state drains it of its moral force. The crushing weight of bureaucracy permits neither efficiency nor idealism. It thus robs us of a good part of the energy of democratic capitalism and encourages a corrosive cynicism that cannot help but undermine the moral aims of the social-democratic vision.” Is it any wonder the public decreasingly identifies with either party and that a growing majority wishes to be “independent” of both? It will take more than the election of a new president and Congress to fix this. It will require a new way of thinking — which is really an old way of thinking — by “we the people.” You may email Cal Thomas at tmseditors@tribune.com. © 2012, Tribune Media Services Inc.

  • America and future wars Jun 4, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Somewhere between "come home, America," which would lead to isolationism, and intervention in every conflict, there is a pragmatic approach to war that America should consider.

  • Egg on Face(book) May 31, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: No matter the teaching of moralists, history and experience, there are still those who believe they have discovered something new, or that they alone have a gift for making money.

  • The media’s religion deficit May 28, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The questions reporters should be asking Mitt Romney are not about his style of worship or about Mormon theology, but rather which of his church's beliefs he thinks are connected to earthly policies.

  • The citizen and the government May 22, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: When government takes money from people who earn it, government has a responsibility to spend it wisely and in ways that achieve the ends set down in our founding documents.

  • Marriage and political expedience May 11, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Whole species have come and gone faster than the presidents evolution on this issue.

  • The war is over? May 1, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Radical Islamists are attempting to unify the Muslim world under Sharia law and other dictates of the extremist wing of the religion. If they succeed, they will most assuredly redouble their efforts to eliminate Israel and come after America.

  • Not so Secret Service Apr 23, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Has honor gone the way of fidelity and what we once called morality, before morals became self-defining?

  • Truth a casualty in ‘Mommy Wars’ Apr 18, 2012 1:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Virtually everything said and done in a presidential election year distorts the truth. That kind of distortion occurred in the recent dust-up over whether women who choose to stay at home can understand the personal struggles faced by women who choose, or need, to work outside the home.

  • Titanic: The reality Apr 12, 2012 1:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The true story of the Titanic is quite different from Hollywood's versions and as far as I know has never been told in a feature film

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