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  • The Sickness Spreads

    10/30/2018 4:23:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 30, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    Just in time for Halloween comes a former male stripper, who drove a van with Trump stickers plastered all over it, being charged with sending pipe bombs to top Democratic leaders, a journalist and at least one celebrity, all of whom have been vocal critics of President Trump. The New York Post headline was the cleverest: "Caught Red Hatted: Steroid-abusing Florida stripper driving Trump van is charged with Dem bomb spree." The Post reported that the accused, Cesar Sayoc Jr., was said to be lost and a "sick individual" who is estranged from his family, but eventually "found a father"...
  • Obama Goes on Attack, But Arguments Fall Flat Against Trump Successes

    09/11/2018 7:13:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 11, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    He's back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican ex-presidents follow, which is not to speak ill of your successor.Obama, who reportedly has been running his "Organizing for America" operation, along with his White House aide Valerie Jarrett from his expensive home in a Washington neighborhood, spoke to a group of University of Illinois students last Friday, claiming it was his policies, not those of President Trump, that have produced the current economic boom."When you hear how great the economy's doing right now, let's...
  • The Seduction of Socialism

    07/26/2018 9:15:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 26, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    For the current generation, sometimes referred to as millennials, it appears one thing is more seductive than sex -- and that's socialism. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, winner of a New York Democratic primary, are the old and new faces of socialist America. Their platforms, it appears, hinge on the concept of shared wealth, in other words, handing out free stuff to just about everyone. How far we've come from JFK's admonition not to ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. Today, for many, it's all about what...
  • Bigotry Returns To Virginia

    06/26/2018 10:24:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 26, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember "colored only" restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in the 1950s were mostly segregated, as they had been since first established in 1870. Segregation was so bad in my home state of Virginia that even Native Americans were largely excluded from public education. It wasn't until 1963, nine years after Brown v. Board of Education, that public schools were open...
  • John Bolton's Enemies

    03/29/2018 3:37:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    Among the several ways to judge a person's fitness for office are the enemies he has made. In the case of John Bolton, President Trump's choice to become national security adviser, those who oppose his appointment -- liberals, neocons and some Republicans all with differing worldviews and questionable foreign policy experience -- appear to say more about his qualifications than those who support him. A New York Times editorial said that at least Bolton speaks his mind, though it also said it didn't like what was on it. The Times and their ideological sister publication, The Washington Post, have spilled...
  • The State of President Trump

    02/01/2018 5:34:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    President Trump's first State of the Union address set a new standard. For himself. If he lives up to that standard in future speeches, he may go far in changing his image from a blustering, ad-libbing "entertainer," to someone who looks and sounds, shall I say it, more "presidential." The speech was well-crafted, delivered in a mostly low-key manner and timed perfectly to link themes with flesh-and-blood guests in the balcony. It didn't hurt that first lady Melania Trump looked stunning in an all-white suit and caused jaws to drop as she descended the balcony stairs to her seat....
  • A Message for My Evangelical Friends

    01/30/2018 6:28:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 30, 2018 | Cal Thomas
    "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." (Romans 13:1) That verse, written by Paul the Apostle, is one of the most difficult for modern evangelicals to fully accept. It was written at a time when the Roman authorities were bad dudes. They actively discriminated against the early Christians, murdering some, imprisoning others, including Paul, who was among their most ardent persecutors before his conversion. Modern Christians sometimes suffer from the notion that God is only active when someone...
  • Can Trump-Haters Be Thankful for Him?

    11/22/2017 10:37:47 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Nov 23, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Any other Republican president but Donald Trump might expect to get at least some credit for the mostly positive direction in which the country is headed. Unfortunately, the Trump-haters prefer to focus on his, shall I say, unusual personality, rather than results. So let's put personality aside and consider what has happened in his first ten months in office. The liberal Los Angeles Times reported on a focus group conducted by Democratic pollster Peter Hart. Of those polled, Trump supporters and those who voted for Hillary Clinton expressed disappointment about the president's behavior but gave him positive marks on the...
  • Hillary and Bill Houdini

    11/09/2017 6:22:49 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    How do they do it? I am not the first to compare the Clintons to Harry Houdini, the great magician and escape artist, but Bill and Hillary make him look like a rank amateur. No law seems to touch them. No regulation seems to control them. No prosecutor wants to take the risk of holding either Clinton accountable for anything. OK, Bill was impeached by a Republican House, but not convicted in the Senate. The latest escape for Hillary involves former FBI Director James Comey and the law governing classified materials. The Hill newspaper's John Solomon has obtained an early...
  • On taxes and immigration, look to Hungary

    09/07/2017 8:40:31 PM PDT · by TBP · 2 replies
    President Trump has called the indecipherable U.S. tax code ” self-destructive.” He has also decided to end the Obama-era program that allows “undocumented” immigrants who came to America as children to gain work permits. Congress would be given six months to replace it. On Jan. 1, the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban lowered the corporate tax rate from 19 percent to 9 percent, the lowest rate among the 28 member-states of the European Union. By comparison, the United States’ top marginal tax rate is 38.92 percent, just behind Puerto Rico and the United Arab Emirates. In the last seven...
  • Why So Much Rage?

    06/20/2017 7:47:44 AM PDT · by pgkdan · 12 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 06/20/17 | Cal Thomas
    “Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1 KJV) That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of Republicans and Democrats kneeling in prayer at Nationals Park before their annual charity game, things returned to normal … or abnormal. On Friday, the Drudge Report ran these headlines: “Shots fired at a truck flying ‘Make America Great Again’ flag;” “Starbucks staff harasses Trump supporting customer;” “Time Warner defends funding ‘assassination play,’” in...
  • Lying Liars

    06/13/2017 6:49:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 13, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    "I'll never lie to you."-- Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that "lie," lead to impeachment? Did he obstruct justice when he allegedly "hoped" that Comey would not pursue an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn? Many Democrats think so. Most Republicans do not. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that President Trump lied about him after his dismissal. The assertion was based on what the president said of him...
  • Saudi Arabia's duplicity

    05/25/2017 9:16:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 25, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Trusting Saudi Arabia to combat terrorists and extremists and "drive them out," as President Trump called on the kingdom and other Arab and Muslim nations to do in his Riyadh speech, is akin to forging an alliance with the Ku Klux Klan to combat racism and anti-Semitism. Saudi Arabia has for years promoted the very evil they now "commit" to fighting through a newly established Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. Never forget that 15 of the 9-11 hijackers were citizens of Saudi Arabia. President Trump's speech was written by Westerners, delivered by a westerner and based on a...
  • Awards Have Lost Their Meaning (Nobel Prize Especially Included)

    05/11/2017 7:38:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 11, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of many examples. We now give "participation" awards to schoolchildren so they won't feel left out, or suffer injury to their "self-esteem," should they be on a losing team. Other awards have become politicized. Isn't that why Oscars and Emmys are awarded to people, films and programs that reinforce the secular-progressive worldview? Isn't that why...
  • Reform the Tax Code Now!

    04/18/2017 4:55:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans have until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It's too bad filing taxes wasn't an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads like a foreign language. Trump said tax reform would be a top priority for his administration, but he is up against powerful lobbyists working for the tax preparation industry and also charitable and other organizations who want to keep things just as they are, since some donors would be less likely to...
  • Gorsuch and the Ghost of Harry Reid

    04/04/2017 6:03:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    What goes around comes around is one of life's undeniable truisms and never more than in the politics of Washington, D.C. (the "D.C." increasingly standing for dysfunctional city). Last week was Cherry Blossom week in D.C. This week it's Neil Gorsuch week. Republicans must now decide whether to use the "nuclear option," a parliamentary procedure that allows the U.S. Senate to override a rule or precedent by a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of by a supermajority of 60 votes, as a tool for confirming President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. For those whose primary diet is...
  • Personality and Policy

    03/28/2017 5:08:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong personality and vague promises to fix things that are a "disaster," a favorite word of his. Personality is not policy. Leaders who lead by personality can also die by personality, which is what happened in the House last week when the president's threats and arm-twisting failed to deliver enough votes. The strategy,...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    02/07/2017 4:43:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 7, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to "totally destroy" the so-called "Johnson Amendment," a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives the background on how the amendment became law: "The restriction was championed by (Lyndon Johnson) in 1954 when Johnson was a U.S. senator running for re-election. A conservative nonprofit group that wanted to limit the treaty-making ability of the president produced material that called for electing his primary opponent, millionaire rancher-oilman Dudley Dougherty, and defeating Johnson. There was no church involved. "Johnson,...
  • The spectacular week that was

    01/30/2017 9:17:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 30, 2017 | Cal Thomas
    Republican members of Congress met in Philadelphia last weekend for what was called a retreat. It might have been more accurately labeled an advance. Perhaps not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt’s first term has so much been done by so few that will potentially impact so many (to paraphrase Winston Churchill in a completely different context). Writing on CNN’s politics page, Stephen Collinson commented: “Forget the first 100 days. It’s only been a week and Donald Trump is reinventing the presidency.” Given what conservatives consider CNN’s hostility toward Mr. Trump, Mr. Collinson may not have meant it as a...
  • The Familiarity of Christmas

    12/22/2016 12:23:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Familiarity doesn't always breed contempt. Not if it's a familiarity with Christmas. While America and much of the world are focusing attention on the coming of the new president, little attention is paid to a gift not even the world's richest person could pay for and which is even today not received by many to whom it is offered. The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. A look back at one of the greatest sermons ever preached about Christmas by the man credited with splitting Christianity from the dominant Roman Catholic Church...