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Back to the ’50s

By Cal Thomas

ADDRESSING a meeting of Planned Parenthood last Friday, President Obama accused pro-lifers of wanting to “turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.”

Like any decade, the ’50s had its problems — racism, discrimination, sexism — but I’ll defend the ’50s on other grounds, if the president will defend the decade that followed. In the ’50s, for much of mainstream America, drugs were something you bought at a pharmacy with a prescription; living together meant getting married first, then having babies; abortion was not legal; our culture wasn’t the enemy; metal detectors were instruments one took to the beach to find loose change and schools and the streets were mostly safe.

It’s “Ozzie and Harriet” vs.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 4:18 PM
 
Bombed in Boston

By Cal Thomas

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. Some couldn’t wait to project their biases and political agendas on this latest act of terror.

In a tweet Monday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof blamed Senate Republicans for blocking confirmation of a new ATF director. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said, “Normally, domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right...” Peter Bergen, CNN’s

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:14 PM
 
Why do liberals fear success?

 

By Cal Thomas

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. Dr. Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., is enjoying a certain amount of celebrity unrelated to his profession for speaking his mind about how individuals and the nation might succeed if more Americans were less dependent on government.

Dr. Carson, who is African-American, has been denounced as insufficiently black because he won’t toe the

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:16 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:36 PM )
 
Death and life in Maryland

By Cal Thomas

THE MARYLAND legislature recently voted to abolish capital punishment in the state, making Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to eliminate the death penalty.

The primary argument for repealing the law is that our justice system is imperfect and it’s possible an innocent person could be condemned. Indeed, anti-death penalty activists presented Kirk Bloodsworth, a former death-row inmate, convicted of the 1984 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. His conviction was overturned on appeal after the court found the prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence from

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:02 PM
 
The downside of orthodoxy

By Cal Thomas

IT’S A SAFE bet that most conservative Republicans would rush to support a political leader with the following record, especially in a traditionally Democratic state:

•?Reversed a $2.2 billion deficit and brought it into balance without raising taxes, largely by reduced spending and eliminating wasteful and unaffordable programs, allowing for a projected fiscal 2014 budget surplus of $300 million.

•?Bipartisan pension and benefits reforms, saving the state $120 billion over 30 years.

•?Streamlining government

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:44 PM
 
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