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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.

LETTERS: Columnist offers no solutions on health care

Mr. Thomas offers much criticism of the Affordable Care Act but fails to add anything to the discussion how we can repair our broken health care system.

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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: Climate change ice-capped

Former Vice President Al Gore has made a personal fortune promoting the cult of global warming, a cult being partially defined as a belief system that ignores proof contrary to its beliefs. Perhaps the climate change counter-revolutionaries should adopt the yo-yo as their symbol and send Gore and his apostles a box of them.

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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

THOMAS: The weakened president

If Congress won’t authorize military force against Syria, the president will suffer a double blow from which he may not recover.

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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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THOMAS: Cautionary tales from UK's NHS to Obamacare

FT. WILLIAM, Scotland – The power of television to shrink the world has always amazed me. Eating lunch on the road to Ft. William, a man at the next table recognizes me and introduces himself.

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THOMAS: Islamists are not ready for democracy

The military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi marks another failure in U.S. foreign policy over several administrations, which have erroneously promoted the notion that American-style democracy in Islamic lands will produce a nation more like ours.

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THOMAS: Independence Day plus 237

"Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it." -- John Quincy Adams. Freedom is not the default position of humankind; otherwise more would be free. In much of

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THOMAS: No standards remain

"For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." -- Genesis 2:24, NIV. The problem for people who believe in an Authority higher even than the Constitution is that

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THOMAS: VRA ruling a win for races moving on

"Character, not circumstance, makes the person." -- Booker T. Washington. The Supreme Court's narrow 5-4 decision to strike down a central component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, "freeing nine states, mostly in the South," writes The New York Times, "to change their election laws without advance federal

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THOMAS: Breakout from politics of the past

The "Faith and Freedom" Coalition held a gathering last week in Washington, D.C. It resembled many similar conservative assemblies: mostly white male speakers, a mostly white, middle-age audience and mostly full of attacks on President Obama, liberals, Democrats and Washington. That is not a winning strategy.

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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. The Taliban opened a political office in Qatar. The talks will take place there, but without the Afghan government, which is refusing to take part

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THOMAS: Then what in Syria?

The United States has a bad track record in the Middle East.

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THOMAS: Sordid foreign affairs

Ever since President Clinton "did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," whatever remains of standards seem to have fallen even lower among people who hold offices and positions once thought to require good behavior and strong moral character.

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THOMAS: How to spell success

The annual ritual known as the Scripps National Spelling Bee came and went last week with kids spelling words that, I suspect, many with graduate degrees couldn't spell.

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THOMAS: (Dole)ing out blame for gridlock

Why is it always Republicans who are seen as the impediment to progress? Why aren't Democrats labeled obstructionists or chastised for advocating policies that lead to escalating debt?

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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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THOMAS: Obama inspires in Morehouse address

President Obama gave two commencement addresses in one to graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta last weekend. It would be easy for this conservative to critique the political and social elements of his speech. Instead, I choose to focus on the inspirational part.

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THOMAS: Tyranny is no longer 'lurking'

Tyranny is no longer lurking. It's here.

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THOMAS: Gosnell's 'clinic of horrors'

It was the pictures and riveting testimony that convinced a Philadelphia jury that abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was guilty of murdering three infants born alive following botched late-term abortions and also guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who overdosed on Demerol during an abortion at Gosnell's clinic.

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THOMAS: Benghazi, IRS: Son of Watergate?

Journalists should do their jobs on Benghazi and IRS issues.

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THOMAS: Taxing Internet sales just a new burden on businesses, bureaucracy

The debate over taxing Internet sales isn't about "fairness," as the cleverly worded title of the bill suggests, it is, or ought to be, about spending, which is where the real problem lies.

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THOMAS: Would things go better with Koch?

"Mainstream media" are alarmed by reports that billionaires Charles and David Koch are considering the purchase of Tribune Company's eight daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times.

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THOMAS: Immigration deformed

There's the story of a woman with five kids who was asked if she had to do it all over again, would she have five children?. "Yes," she said, "just not these five.". That's the way I feel about the immigration "reform" bill introduced by the Senate's bipartisan

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THOMAS: Back to the '50s

Addressing a meeting of Planned Parenthood on Friday, President Barack Obama accused pro-lifers of wanting to "turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century."

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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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THOMAS: Bombed and blamed in Boston

President Obama rightly asked us not to "jump to conclusions" about motives or responsibility for the two bombs that exploded Monday at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding more than 170. That request was pre-emptively ignored.

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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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THOMAS: School for scandal

My first question after reading about seven teachers in an Atlanta public school accused of altering standardized test scores to make it appear students performed better than they actually did was: How could they!?. The seven were nicknamed "the chosen" and, according to Georgia state investigator Richard Hyde, the less

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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? Take Dr. Ben Carson, as one example.

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THOMAS: Beware public opinion

"If there is anything that links the human to the divine, it is the courage to stand by a principle when everybody else rejects it." -- Abraham Lincoln. History is full of warnings about what happens when people follow public opinion instead of standing by their principles. In its

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THOMAS: Unhappy anniversary, Obamacare

Last week, politicians who helped craft the Affordable Care Act celebrated in self-congratulatory style the third anniversary of that monstrosity which will soon extinguish health care as we've known it.

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THOMAS: Death and life in Maryland

I have often proposed a deal for my liberal friends who are anti-death penalty but pro-choice: I will surrender my position in favor of the death penalty, if pro-choicers support laws that protect the unborn. But so far I've gotten no takers.

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THOMAS: Detroit's decline

Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.