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  • All can agree on the value of cures Apr 4, 2012 1:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Suppose the conversation on health care switched from a system devoted primarily to caring for the sick to one that gives top priority to finding cures for disease?

  • What America will look like if Obama’s re-elected Mar 29, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: In the 2008 presidential campaign, candidate Obama promised to fundamentally transform America. Given a second term and especially with a Democratic Congress, he will.

  • For government: No limits Mar 27, 2012 5:00 AM
    Under this rule, if a homeless man wants salt on his food, will a New York City official wrestle the shaker from his hands?

  • What now for Republicans? Mar 19, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: If Romney is having such a difficult time beating Rick Santorum and to a lesser extent Newt Gingrich how will he marshal the forces necessary to beat President Obama in the fall?

  • A sincere apology Mar 8, 2012 1:41 PM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The first apology by Rush Limbaugh, posted on his website over the weekend, sounded forced, qualified, almost defensive. The second, broadcast live on his Monday show, sounded sincere and heartfelt.

  • The God gap is growing wider Mar 1, 2012 12:29 PM
    Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas: The God gap is growing wider in Ameirca

  • Is censorship the new pluralism? Feb 27, 2012 5:00 AM
    Cal Thomas: Is free speech being threatened by censorship in the name of pluralism, and conformity in the name of diiversity?

  • Rachel Maddow and my lesson in civility Feb 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: It didn’t matter that far worse things have been said in print and on TV about me. I am not supposed to behave like that.

  • Losing liberty Feb 15, 2012 6:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The Obama administration’s ham-fisted attempt to require that contraceptives and abortifacients be offered to employees of Catholic and other religious institutions is a serious threat to our civil liberties.

  • GOP must fight the fudge with real numbers Feb 9, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: The Obama administration is touting the latest unemployment numbers released last week by the U.S. Department of Labor as proof its policies are working. But a closer look at the actual number of able-bodied people who are willing to work, but are not, reveals a different picture.

  • Weakness is an invitation to war Feb 1, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Call Thomas: President Ronald Reagan believed a strong defense was a safeguard against enemy attacks and the best hope of victory should America go to war. President Obama is taking the opposite approach.

  • Three conservative victories Jan 20, 2012 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: It will be interesting to see if the “ministerial exception” can be extended to the Obama health care law in the event it withstands constitutional challenge.

  • My brother’s valuable, successful life Jan 10, 2012 5:02 AM
    Shortly after he was born in 1950, my brother Marshall was diagnosed with Down syndrome. If your standard for a successful life is how that life positively touched others, then my brother’s life was a resounding success.

  • The Justice Department’s identity problem Jan 4, 2012 5:00 AM
    Is there, or should there ever be, a point when a state is no longer penalized for its discriminatory past? Not according to the Department of Justice, which has rejected a South Carolina law that would have required voters to show a valid photo ID before casting their ballots. Justice says the law discriminates against minorities. The Obama administration said, “South Carolina’s law didn’t meet the burden under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlawed discriminatory practices preventing blacks from voting.” Why South Carolina? Because, the Justice Department contends, it’s tasked with approving voting changes in states that have failed in the past to protect the rights of blacks. Are they serious? There are two African Americans representing South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives, One is Tim Scott, a freshman Republican. The other is 10-term Rep. James Clyburn, the current assistant Democratic leader. There are numerous minority members of the S.C. state legislature and Gov. Nikki Haley who is Indian-American. This is not your grandfather’s South Carolina. This is not the South Carolina of the then-segregationist and Dixiecrat presidential candidate Strom Thurmond. Yesterday’s South Carolina had segregated schools, lunch counters, restrooms and buses and a dominant Democratic Party. Today’s South Carolina is a modern, integrated, forward-looking, dual-party state. If Justice thinks proving who one is by showing valid photo ID discriminates against minorities, how does it explain the election of so many minority legislators? Are only whites voting for them? Democrats, especially, should be sensitive to states and people who have demonstrated that they have changed. It was the Democratic Party of the late 19th century that resisted integration throughout the South, passing Jim Crow laws that frustrated blacks who wanted to vote. Those were Southern Democrats who stood in schoolhouse doors, barring blacks from entering. Today, many members of that same party refuse to allow poor minority students to leave failing government schools as part of the school voucher system because they, apparently, value political contributions from teachers unions more than they value educational achievement. The South Carolina law that offends the Justice Department anticipated objections that some poor minorities might not have driver’s licenses (and certainly not a passport) because they might not own cars. So the state will provide free voter ID cards with a picture of the voter on it. All someone has to do is prove who they claim to be. A birth certificate will do nicely. A utility bill can be used to prove residency. Not requiring a voter to prove his or her citizenship and residence is a recipe for voter fraud. Democrats like to accuse Republicans of trying to keep minorities from voting because they know most will vote for Democrats. Even if that were true (and it’s debatable) the reverse is probably truer. Some Democrats have allegedly encouraged people to vote who were not eligible, some more than once. Without a valid ID, how can we stop this? The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law has compiled a list of new voter identification laws passed this year. In addition to the one in South Carolina, all require some form of photo identification. Will Justice go after all of them, as well? According to the Brennan Center, a new law in Kansas requires a photo ID, with certain exceptions such as a physical disability that makes it impossible for the person to travel to a government office to acquire one, though they must have “qualified for permanent advance voting status ...” A new Texas law, which took effect on Sept. 1, requires a photo ID in order to vote, or another form of personal ID card issued by the Department of Public Safety. Even historically liberal Wisconsin passed a new law this year requiring voters to prove who they are, in most cases with a photo ID. Gov. Haley and South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson vow to fight the Justice Department ruling. They should. Photo IDs are required when flying on commercial aircraft or cashing a check. That discriminates against no one. Neither does requiring people to prove who they are before voting, unless, of course, there’s another agenda, like “stuffing” the ballot box. © 2012 Tribune Media Services

  • As this end nears, guard your checkbook Dec 28, 2011 11:01 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: While we wait to see if the Mayan apocalypse occurs, a more reliable prediction includes an end of a different sort. The economic stimulus pipeline from Washington to the states is about to run dry.

  • Remember the grieving at Christmas Dec 25, 2011 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Find someone who has lost a loved one to war and take them a present. It doesn’t have to be expensive. Tell them, “I wanted to bring you a gift in recognition of the gift your loved one gave our country.”

  • Too many promises, too little done Dec 21, 2011 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Democrats didn’t improve anything and nothing has been made better. According to President Obama’s own standard, and contrary to what he said on “60 Minutes,” he does not deserve a second term.

  • Strategies for a front-runner Dec 14, 2011 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: I ask Romney to finish this sentence: “Conservatives will not be disappointed with me as president because ...” “Because I share your values,” he says, “because I am a leader who knows how to get things done.”

  • What’s wrong about adultery Dec 9, 2011 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Once, divorce was a political “kiss of death.” Now we are debating whether adultery should carry a similar penalty. One shudders to think what might be next.

  • A December to remember Dec 2, 2011 5:00 AM
    Columnist Cal Thomas: Dec. 7, 1941 may be a day that “will live in infamy,” but that month, those years, that war revealed an American character still on display in our military today, though it’s somewhat lacking in our civilian population.

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