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Cal Thomas

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THOMAS: Obama's Munich

History can be a great teacher if the “students” pay attention. Many things in the world have changed since the disastrous Munich Pact, but human nature never does. Tyrants respect agreements only so long as it allows them to further their objectives. Munich only delayed the onset of World War II; it did not prevent it.

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THOMAS: Kennedy, Huxley and Lewis

On the 50th anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis remains perhaps the 20th century’s most towering intellectual practitioner of the Christian faith. Lewis combined humility — rare among those who have achieved fame — with a style that relied less on argumentation than on logic and persuasion. He asks readers to join him on a journey he himself has taken and, like a tour guide, shows us a better world and a better life than the one he describes in “The Chronicles of Narnia” as being “always winter, but never Christmas.”

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THOMAS: The coming betrayal of Israel

The administration pledges to watch Iran closely and if it violates any provisions in a final agreement, sanctions would be re-imposed. If sanctions and other means, such as the introduction of the Stuxnet virus into Iran’s computers, failed to deter Iran’s nuclear program, why would anyone think additional threats and more sanctions would produce the desired results? Iran is playing for time and it appears the United States is willing to give it to them.

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THOMAS: Greece, N.Y., enters debate on public prayer

If individual members of the Greece, N.Y. town board, or any other legislative body, wish to pray silently to their God before their meetings, no law or court decision prohibits them from doing so. Why would God be more impressed and more likely to respond to a public prayer than to a private one?

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THOMAS: GOP needs to put on a happy face

Too great for small dreams. What an inspirational line. Reagan believed the strength of America was not in Washington, but in the people. If the people can catch that larger vision, he believed, they could fulfill their greater dreams.

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THOMAS: Say 'no' to underwriting more debt

Rather than sending people to Washington in the vain hope the capital can be run like a state, Mike Pence says Washington should look to states “where there is innovation in health care, education, balanced budgets and taxes” and follow their lead.

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THOMAS: The 'bums' aren't the problem; we are

Nothing would change Washington faster than the transformative idea that only we can make our lives better by our financial and moral choices. It’s long past time for politicians to say “eat your vegetables, they are good for you” and for citizens to comply.

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THOMAS: A Republican response to healthcare

If the United Kingdom, whose population of slightly more than 62 million people, is experiencing severe problems and potential insolvency with its 65-year-old National Health Service (NHS), why would anyone believe a government-run health insurance system in the United States and the health care monstrosity that must inevitably follow will be any more successful with a population more than 300 million?

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THOMAS: President's U.N. speech doesn't hit right notes

There is no “community of nations.” There are individual nations with individual interests. If the United Nations could bring peace and prosperity to the world, progress toward that goal should have been made by now. Instead, 68 years after its founding, wars and rumors of wars are increasing.

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THOMAS: We've been played

Who sounds more presidential: a tentative Barack Obama, who speaks loudly and too often, but carries a small stick, or Mitt Romney, who clearly understood that for threats to be diminished or deterred a president must have credibility?

THOMAS: Syria and history

Perhaps if America had a successful track record in the Middle East, President Obama’s appeal for a “limited” attack on Syria might carry more weight. But because our attention span in the region increasingly resembles that of a fidgety 4-year-old, an examination of recent history is in order

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THOMAS: Ashton Kutcher's message

Envy, greed and entitlement are the unholy trinity of failure. What Kutcher offers young people is the opposite, leading to success, self-realization and independence.

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THOMAS: The speech, the dream and me

It was an atypical August summer day in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago next week. Temperatures were in the low 80s, about 10 degrees cooler than normal. Skies were partly cloudy. Most government officials were vacationing.

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THOMAS: What is the president's foreign policy?

It bears restating that the Ayatollah Khomeini believed in the strength and resolve of Ronald Reagan. That is why on the day of Reagan’s 1981 inauguration he released 52 American hostages held for 444 days. Strong individuals deter bullies. Strong nations deter enemies and keep the peace.

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THOMAS: The enduring legacy of Anne Frank

On the day I visit the Anne Frank House, which is actually the family’s hiding place atop Anne’s father’s business, the wait to get in is as long as three hours. Such is the attraction of this historic site, 53 years after it was opened to the public.

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THOMAS: Losing faith in government

A USA Today poll found that young people put “elected official or working for one” at the very bottom of their career choices. Given the performance of Washington’s political class, who can blame them?

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THOMAS: The president's take on race

President Obama rarely misses an opportunity to insert himself into an issue. Last Friday, he appeared in the White House pressroom to comment on the George Zimmerman verdict.

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THOMAS: Zimmerman verdict and double standards

When it comes to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, we are all influenced by our backgrounds.

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Cal Thomas: Islamists are not ready for democracy

Each time I visit the UK I read about NHS horror stories.

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Cal Thomas: Cautionary tales from UK's NHS to US's Obamacare

The military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marks another failure in U.S. foreign policy over several administrations.

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Cal Thomas: Freedom comes at a price

Freedom is not the default position of humankind; otherwise more would be free.

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Cal Thomas: Affirming action

Unlike in 1965, today there are numerous anti-discrimination laws on the books. If someone can prove they were denied the right to vote based on race, legal remedies can be pursued.

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Cal Thomas: Breakout from politics of the past

Instead of more navel-gazing, Republicans and conservatives (they are not always the same) must seize the future rather than hold on to the past.

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Cal Thomas: Talking to the Taliban

After 12 years of fighting, the Taliban in Afghanistan have announced they are ready to talk peace with the United States.

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Cal Thomas: Whatever happened to consequences for bad behavior?

There was a time when bad behavior carried serious consequences.

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Cal Thomas: (Dole)ing out blame for gridlock

Who doesn't admire former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole?

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Cal Thomas: Two prime ministers

What Westerners struggle to figure out is how to distinguish Islamists from moderate Muslims and how to recognize the true Islamist when they are taught to deceive us about their radical beliefs.

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Cal Thomas: Tyranny is no longer 'lurking'

Tyranny is no longer lurking. It's here.

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Cal Thomas: Benghazi, IRS: Son of Watergate?

Journalists should do their jobs on Benghazi and IRS issues.

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Cal Thomas: Taxing Internet sales

The debate over taxing Internet sales isn't about "fairness;" it is, or ought to be, about spending,

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THOMAS: No boundaries, big problem

One of the consequences of abandoning a standard by which right and wrong can be judged is our increasing inability to mete out punishment that fits the crime. In fact, too often we weigh extenuating circumstances rather than guilty actions.. In the case of the Boston bombers, observers search for

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Cal Thomas: Terrorist bombs don't discriminate

Could more have been done to prevent the Boston attack?

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Cal Thomas: Thatcher reviled for attempts to strengthen the individual

The death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has prompted reactions from Britain's far left that takes bad taste to new extremes.

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Cal Thomas: Why do liberals fear success?

There are many successful liberals, so why do so many of them wish to subsidize failure for the poor, instead of showing them how to succeed?

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Cal Thomas: The dangers of public opinion

History is full of warnings about what happens when people follow public opinion instead of standing by their principles.

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Cal Thomas: Flight of fancy

President Obama should listen to former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the "founder" of shuttle diplomacy.

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Cal Thomas: The sound of inevitability

Given his track record on marital fidelity, former President Bill Clinton is not the person I would consult about "committed, loving relationships."

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Cal Thomas: Sequesterville and Obama's strategy

The entire sequester scenario is about delivering the House of Representatives to Democrats in 2014.

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Cal Thomas: Ryan's hope

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is looking beyond the beginning of the sequestration.

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Cal Thomas: Government shouldn't define 'church'

Under pressure from religious and conservative groups, the Obama administration has offered another compromise on the issue of birth control coverage within the Affordable Care Act.

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Cal Thomas: GOP: R.I.P.?

Some political commentators are dancing on what they believe to be the grave of the Republican Party.

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Cal Thomas: Roe v. Wade at 40

There's no doubt that children, especially schoolchildren, are vulnerable to all kinds of threats, but are they "the most vulnerable," as the president claimed.

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Cal Thomas: Hagel and defense

Biography isn't policy. President Obama's choice for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, former Nebraska Republican senator, has a resume most politicians can envy.

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THOMAS: When citizenship grows too taxing

I had read about financially motivated expatriates but never knew one who had taken the ultimate step until I visited with my longtime friend “Sam.”

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Cal Thomas: Vietnam plus-50

It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. "advisers" to South Vietnam to help battle the communist North

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Cal Thomas: Explaining evil

As much as humans have tried for millennia to prevent evil acts, we have not succeeded.

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Cal Thomas: No entitlements, low unemployment

Unemployment in Singapore is practically nonexistent.

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Cal Thomas: No skin in the game

Very few elected officials see themselves as stewards; even fewer practice stewardship.

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Cal Thomas: Four more years of decline

Great nations and proud empires have always collapsed from within before they were conquered from without.

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THOMAS: What is our foreign policy?

After watching the third presidential debate, are you clear on America's foreign policy? I thought not. That's because there appears to be no singular foreign policy, but rather a series of foreign policies which must be tailored to fit each nation.