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Cal Thomas is America’s number one political columnist with a twice-weekly column appearing in over 500 newspapers nationwide. Thomas is the author of ten books, including Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War that is Destroying America. Thomas co-authored the book with Bob Beckel, with whom he also writes a twice-monthly column for USA Today.

Other books Thomas has written include The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas, Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America?, A Freedom Dream, Public Persons and Private Lives, Book Burning, Liberals for Lunch, Occupied Territory, The Death of Ethics in America, Uncommon Sense and Things That Matter Most.

Thomas is a graduate of American University and a 40-year veteran of broadcast and print journalism. He has worked for NBC News and hosted his own program on CBNC that was nominated for a Cable ACE Award. He was awarded the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence from the Media Research Center. Thomas lectures frequently on college campuses and is in great demand as a speaker for private, public and corporate audiences worldwide.

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COMMON GROUND co-author & America’s #1 Political Columnist

With a twice-weekly column appearing in over 500 newspapers nationwide, Cal Thomas is the most widely read and one of the most highly regarded voices on the American political scene. He is a panelist on the popular “Fox News Watch” show. His latest book, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan war that is Destroying America, was co-written with Bob Beckel. He and Beckel also write a twice-monthly column for USA Today.

A graduate of American University, Thomas is a 40-year veteran of broadcast and print journalism. He has worked for NBC News in Washington, D.C. and hosted his own program on CBNC that was nominated for a Cable ACE Award in 1995. In 2011, Thomas received the William F. Buckley, Jr. Award for Media Excellence from the Media Research Center. He is a writer of force and clarity and has authored ten books.

A writer of force and clarity, Thomas has authored ten books, including the latest release, The Wit and Wisdom of Cal Thomas. He has also penned Blinded by Might: Can the Religious Right Save America? He has also penned A Freedom Dream, Public Persons and Private Lives, Book Burning, Liberals for Lunch, Occupied Territory, The Death of Ethics in America, Uncommon Sense and Things That Matter Most.

In addition to his journalistic and literary achievements, Thomas lectures frequently on college campuses and is in great demand as a speaker for private, public and corporate audiences worldwide.


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Cal Thomas rewrites the story of the ant and grasshopper in light of current American politics


During a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Thomas used the classic story of the ant and the grasshopper to describe what he sees as the negative impacts of the current American political scene. He began by saying that “the essential message of America has always been positive and optimistic,” adding, “the United States of America has always been about ideas in search of an ideal, and we still are.” He continued by saying that he believes that the current administration will bring more challenges than the U.S. has ever faced.

He summarized the story of the ant who worked hard to store up food all summer long, while the grasshopper relaxed and played without working to prepare for the winter. In Thomas’s version of the story, the grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why he is left to suffer while the ant is warm, well-fed and comfortable. The media and the government then blame everyone else for the grasshopper’s situation instead of the grasshopper himself.

Cal Thomas - Liberty University Convocation



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    MOST REQUESTED PROGRAMS:

    • The Bottom Line Isn′t Necessarily The Bottom Line
    • The Things That Matter Most
    • The Death of Ethics in America
    • Sleeping Through the Wake-Up Call: What We Should Have Learned from 9/11, But Didn′t
    • Signs of Hope for a Spoiled Society


Cal Thomas Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    "Cal was wonderful. He was definitely the right person for us to bring in. We appreciate Shawn′s recommendation. The most important part of a fund raising dinner is the ask. It was perfect. I had people come up to me afterwards, telling me they have never heard a better ask. Because of it, we have already had our best fund raising event in the history of the school. We are still receiving gifts and will most likely reach our goal by the end of the week. Cal also received a standing ovation afterwards. "
    Doug Cain
    Portland Christian Jr./Sr. High School
    Portland, OR

    "Cal was straight to the point in his analysis of our current social climate (no surprise) but was absolutely hilarious in his way of making a wonderful case for Desert Christian Schools. I’ve read Wit and Wisdom, which is very humorous, but his stage presence and comedic delivery opened the door to everyone’s heart to receive the challenge he made to support DCS. Some of our staff members have asked how Cal knows so much about our school – he skillfully wove our mission and capital campaign into the fabric of his presentation. It was, in a word, FANTASTIC!"
    Cecil Swetland
    Executive Director and CEO, Desert Christian Schools




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    "Cal was wonderful. He was definitely the right person for us to bring in. We appreciate Shawn′s recommendation. The most important part of a fund raising dinner is the ask. It was perfect. I had people come up to me afterwards, telling me they have never heard a better ask. Because of it, we have already had our best fund raising event in the history of the school. We are still receiving gifts and will most likely reach our goal by the end of the week. Cal also received a standing ovation afterwards. "
    Doug Cain
    Portland Christian Jr./Sr. High School
    Portland, OR

    "Cal was straight to the point in his analysis of our current social climate (no surprise) but was absolutely hilarious in his way of making a wonderful case for Desert Christian Schools. I’ve read Wit and Wisdom, which is very humorous, but his stage presence and comedic delivery opened the door to everyone’s heart to receive the challenge he made to support DCS. Some of our staff members have asked how Cal knows so much about our school – he skillfully wove our mission and capital campaign into the fabric of his presentation. It was, in a word, FANTASTIC!"
    Cecil Swetland
    Executive Director and CEO, Desert Christian Schools


    Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America
    Inspired by their popular USA Today column, conservative Cal Thomas and liberal Bob Beckel unmask the hypocrisy of the issues, organizations, and individuals that have created and deepened the partisan divide at the center of American politics, and make a strategic case for why this bickering must stop. Thomas and Beckel explain how bipartisanship and consensus politics are not only good for the day-to-day democratic process but also essential for our nation′s future well-being. Entertaining and informative, funny and healing, Common Ground is a must-read for all concerned citizens.
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    The Things That Matter Most
    In this controversial and thought-provoking bestseller, one of America′s most widely-read syndicated columnists explains how we have lost sight of the things that matter most.

    "Thomas brings insight and good cheer to the important intellectual battles of the age."--William J. Bennett, author of The Book of Virtues.
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    MOST REQUESTED PROGRAMS:

    • The Bottom Line Isn′t Necessarily The Bottom Line
    • The Things That Matter Most
    • The Death of Ethics in America
    • Sleeping Through the Wake-Up Call: What We Should Have Learned from 9/11, But Didn′t
    • Signs of Hope for a Spoiled Society


Cal Thomas rewrites the story of the ant and grasshopper in light of current American politics


During a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Thomas used the classic story of the ant and the grasshopper to describe what he sees as the negative impacts of the current American political scene. He began by saying that “the essential message of America has always been positive and optimistic,” adding, “the United States of America has always been about ideas in search of an ideal, and we still are.” He continued by saying that he believes that the current administration will bring more challenges than the U.S. has ever faced.

He summarized the story of the ant who worked hard to store up food all summer long, while the grasshopper relaxed and played without working to prepare for the winter. In Thomas’s version of the story, the grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why he is left to suffer while the ant is warm, well-fed and comfortable. The media and the government then blame everyone else for the grasshopper’s situation instead of the grasshopper himself.

Cal Thomas - Liberty University Convocation