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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.

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Cal Thomas: The most famous woman you've never met

The hottest ticket on Broadway continues to be "The Book of Mormon," a musical that pokes fun at the Mormon faith in particular and Christianity in general.

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Cal Thomas: Who needs reform most: Egypt or US?

It isn't the policies and attitude of the United States toward the Arab world that need changing. It's the attitude and policies of the Arab world that need to change.

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Cal Thomas: Truth, God and Jerusalem at the DNC

For President Obama, truth telling remains an unfulfilled promise.

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THOMAS: Republicans set stage for 'second American century'

The delayed opening of the Republican National Convention worked to the advantage of the GOP by both heightening anticipation and forcing the elimination of extraneous speakers, which there are always too many of at these things.. Ann Romney kicked off her primetime address wearing

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THOMAS: Tax, charity talk beside real issue of fed spending

To call Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a "mad dog," as Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank did, is an affront to the canine community and those suffering from legitimate mental illness.

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Cal Thomas: Presidential campaign needs a dose of the past

Some of Calvin Coolidge's contemporaries may have found his reserved New England manner boring, but some moderns are starting to reconsider the economic rules and political standards by which he lived.

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Cal Thomas: The NHS: A guide for Americans under Obamacare

The U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) is the best guidebook for Americans concerned where a nationalized health system might take us.

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Cal Thomas: Is the worm turning?

Perhaps fear will drive more Democrats to the polls in November, but fear is not a policy and Obama's policies are not working.

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Cal Thomas: Who are you calling 'extreme'?

Don't you find it odd that the word extremism seems to apply only to conservative Republicans?

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THOMAS: The "Iron Lady" warned us

LONDON -- One of many things left out of the film "The Iron Lady" was Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's warnings on the effects a single currency would have on the economies of European nations. Thatcher's premonitions place her among the great political prophets of all time.

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Cal Thomas: The citizen and the government — a real-life Aesop fable

In the Aesop Fable "The Grasshopper and the Ant," there are moral, economic and political lessons for our time, or any other.

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Cal Thomas: The president's 'other gospel'

It is one thing to talk about "fairness" when it comes to allowing gays and lesbians to marry; it is quite another to claim biblical authority for such relationships.

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Cal Thomas: The war is over? I must have missed something

Radical Islamists have made it perfectly clear they have no interest in joining the democratic process. They are at war.

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CAL THOMAS: Colson got only pardon he needed

Unlike Nixon who sought to transform himself by his own political strength and for an earthly agenda, Charles Colson was transformed by a higher power and not by his own efforts.

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THOMAS: Rick Santorum's impossible dream

Santorum's dream seemed improbable, if not impossible, from the start.

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THOMAS: For government: No limits

Are there no limits on government's power, no place where it cannot go?

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THOMAS: What now for Republicans?

Rick Santorum deserves credit for his impressive primary victories in Mississippi and Alabama. Newt Gingrich led us to believe he would win both states. He didn't, but he has vowed to fight on as the "real" conservative candidate, as opposed to Mitt Romney who only "says" he is a conservative.

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THOMAS: Black (liberal) history month

Black (liberal) history month. While black history is important, the way it is most often presented through a liberal political lens skews the contributions and examples of blacks who do not toe the liberal line. One especially sees this in the civil rights establishment's response to Justice Clarence Thomas and

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CAL THOMAS: Near decision time to strike Iran, or not?

One of several casualties of the vitriolic name-calling between Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich is what to do about Iran.. In interviews, Romney has spoken about tougher sanctions, but it's been difficult to consider the candidates' positions on

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CAL THOMAS: It's complicated

As America grows more secular, less religious and less married, appeals to "morality" will increasingly fall on deaf ears.

Cal Thomas: Three conservative victories

While most attention is focused on the presidential race and Republican hopes to oust President Obama from office, some significant steps were taken last week on issues dear to the hearts of conservatives.

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CAL THOMAS: Threat of radical Islam spreads to TV

LISBON, Portugal — Next door in Spain, two new satellite TV stations recently signed on. They won't be airing "Judge Judy," but instead are broadcasting Islamic theology and political propaganda.

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CAL THOMAS: My brother's valuable life

Judge the value of a life by the positive impact on others.

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CAL THOMAS: China's JFK moment

China has announced an ambitious five-year plan that includes the launch of space laboratories, a manned spaceship to the moon and the creation of its own global satellite navigation system that will almost certainly be used for military purposes.. The announcement comes six months after the United States ended

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CAL THOMAS: Increasingly idiotic pop culture leads to dumb voters

Evidence of the dumbing-down of America is everywhere.

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THOMAS: Certain prediction for 2012 — government waste

It's time for taxpayers to put bloated governments on a diet.

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THOMAS: Certain prediction for 2012 - government waste

According to the Mayan “long count” calendar, the final day on Earth is less than a year away, on Dec. 21, 2012.

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CAL THOMAS: Death of an atheist

Perhaps not since Madalyn Murray O’Hair and Carl Sagan has there been such an “evangelical” atheist as Christopher Hitchens, the writer and social commentator who died last week after a long and public battle with esophageal cancer.

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CAL THOMAS: Death of an atheist

I have always found atheists to be interesting people because they just may be the world's smallest minority group, one that gets smaller still as its members pass on and meet God face to face.

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THOMAS: By his own words, Obama shouldn't get second term

President Obama doesn’t suffer from amnesia, but apparently he hopes the public does.