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Lewis was big for his tim
By Cal Thomas

THREE FAMOUS MEN died Nov. 22, 1963. The one getting the most attention, understandably, is John F. Kennedy. Less so the other two: Aldous Huxley, author of the futuristic novel “Brave New World,” and Clive Staples Lewis.

Of the three, it was Lewis who not only was the most influential of his time, but whose reach extends to these times and likely beyond. His many books continue to sell and the number of people whose lives have been changed by his writing expands each year.

On the 50th anniversary of his death, C.S. Lewis remains perhaps the 20th century’s

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 1:16 PM
 
The GOP needs those ‘glory days’
By Cal Thomas

“BYE BYE BIRDIE” is an old musical that survives in high school productions and in some people’s memory bank. It debuted on Broadway in 1960 and was made into a film in 1963. One of the songs from the show might serve as an inspiration, if not a theme, for Republicans in the winter of their discontent over President Obama and congressional Democrats: “Put on a Happy Face.”

A problem Republicans have had since the “glory days” of Ronald Reagan is that too many have forgotten how to be positive and affirming. Nobody likes to be around a sourpuss.

Polls indicate that a growing number of us are

Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:57 AM
 
Many fed up with government
By Cal Thomas

A new Associated Press-GfK (AP-GfK) poll reveals some troubling statistics for members of both major political parties, if they can be troubled, given what looks to be their lack of concern for what they are doing to the country.

The poll finds fewer people approve of President Obama’s job performance (confirmed by a new Gallup Poll, which shows a 37% approval rating), but that Republicans score even worse at 5% approval. The AP-GfK poll “finds few people approve of the way the president is handling most major issues and most people say he’s not decisive, strong, honest, reasonable or inspiring.” It looks like hope has vanished. We can’t say we weren’t warned.

The poll also shows many people are fed up

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:57 PM
 
A GOP response to Obamacare
By Cal Thomas

IF REPUBLICANS were smart (I know, but stay with me) their focus during the Obamacare debate should have been less on blocking its implementation and more on a page they might have taken from the Democrat’s playbook, which is to rally the country to its side by use of sentimentality and the threat of impending doom. The good news for Republicans is that there’s still time.

It’s a sure bet Democrats are right now writing sob stories of tearful children barred from the Lincoln Memorial because of the government “shutdown.” The National Zoo in Washington inexplicably turned off its unmanned Panda Cam, which showed video of the newborn panda cub on the Internet. Boohoo.

A recent CBS News poll found that 54%

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 1:51 PM
 
Climate change ice-capped
By Cal Thomas

THERE IS A tradition in politics that is similar to one in the legal profession: When evidence supports your position, make your argument based on the evidence, but when it argues against your position, ignore the evidence and appeal to emotion.

The evidence is piling up that climate change, formerly known as global warming, is losing evidentiary support, despite recent preliminary findings by a group of “experts” from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that a Washington Post editorial

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:17 PM
 
President needs to be decisive
By Cal Thomas

APPEARING IN THE White House Rose Garden last Saturday, President Obama apparently experienced a revelation. He acknowledged there are constitutional limits on his power, something he has heretofore mostly ignored while issuing executive orders, bypassing Congress on appointments and deciding which parts of the Affordable Care Act to follow and which to delay or ignore.

The president had to wait for Congress to reconvene Sept. 9 and begin debating whether to grant him authority to attack Syria. It is uncertain whether he will get approval for what he says will be a limited — and likely inconsequential — strike.

His indecisiveness sends a clear message to the Middle East where

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 12:02 PM
 
The speech, the dream
By Cal Thomas

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

I was a young copyboy at the NBC News Washington bureau. Correspondent Jack Perkins asked me to accompany him to hear a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial.

What I knew about African-Americans (“negroes” when people wanted to be polite; much worse when they did not) was limited to my experience with two maids employed by my parents during my childhood and years playing college basketball.

I knew our maids only by their first names,

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:10 PM
 
GOP divided on strategy
By Cal Thomas

STAVANGER, NORWAY — The several hundred conservatives on the National Review’s summer cruise, which I was asked to attend as a speaker, are united in what they don’t like about the Obama administration and congressional Democrats, but divided on the best strategy for winning the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.

On a panel titled “The State of the GOP and Conservatism,” Bob Costa, the magazine’s Washington bureau chief, asks if anyone agrees with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who thinks Republicans should be willing to shutdown the government over the issue of

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:16 PM
 
Losing faith in government

By Cal Thomas

Now for some good news, and it has nothing to do with the birth of the royal baby.

According to a USA Today/Bipartisan Policy Center poll, “Americans by more than 2-1 say the best way to make positive changes in society is through volunteer organizations and charities, not by being active in government.” Even better news: People under 30 are especially put off by politics and are “significantly less likely than their parents to say participating in politics is an important value in their lives.”

Why is this good news? There are at least two reasons.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 3:07 PM
 
Islamists still seeking freedom
By Cal Thomas

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.

The Founders wrote a Constitution. When properly read and obeyed, it guards against pure democracy and makes “we the people” subject to laws that cannot be abolished by popular vote. Benjamin Franklin properly called what the Founders wrought a “Republic.” Representative

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 5:39 PM
 
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