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Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields

Suzanne Fields is a columnist for The Washington Times and is nationally syndicated.

Articles by Suzanne Fields

Illustration on Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The woman scorned, opening old sores

Feminist politics turned a corner with the final defeat of Hillary Clinton. You can feel it in and between the lines of her blame-game book, "What Happened." The exuberance of her supporters, which buoyed her in the campaign to elect the first woman president, has dissipated. All she has left is a memoir of an angry woman, raging that her time has passed, that the abundant fruit of opportunity that fell from the family tree was crushed beyond hopes of redemption and there's nothing left to put in a new bottle but old whine. Published September 13, 2017

Illustration on the continuing rarification and isolation of the American academic world by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The strange thing that happened to America

America got lost on the way to the 21st century. Many Americans lost pride in being American, and no longer cherish the rigors of the First Amendment, which gives pride of place to freedom of speech. This didn't happen in one generation, though the baby boomers, born after the soldiers came marching home in triumph in 1945, grew up nursing grievance. This led to crucial changes in attitude, and succeeding generations felt empowered by rebellion. Published September 6, 2017

A superstar in Donald Trump's Cabinet

Donald Trump has a skill for recruiting Cabinet officers he has treated badly. Serving in his administration can require selfless devotion to duty. Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, could tell you about that. So could Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who is swiftly becoming the Cabinet superstar. Published August 30, 2017

A scene from the motion picture "Dunkirk."

Why 'Dunkirk' is the hit of the summer

"Dunkirk" is the movie hit of summer, particularly with the millennials who may even absorb a modicum of history with the spectacle. Published August 30, 2017

Do We Not Bleed? Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Dividing a nation with identity politics

Every generation has its own axes to grind, attitudes to assume, enemies to attack. It's the way the young move into maturity, sometimes with smarts and sometimes not. Every generation wants to make the world over in its own image. Published August 23, 2017

Illustration on men and women in the workplace and attitudes on gender roles by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Scapegoats, dupes and gulls

Identity politics has gone over the top, and the flood of intolerance is drenching everyone. What began as a campaign to re-right injustice has created injustice. What was meant to change attitudes toward intolerance has become intolerance enthroned. Published August 16, 2017

Illustration on U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and the North Korean situation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Nikki Haley -- A superstar in Donald Trump's Cabinet

Donald Trump has a skill for recruiting Cabinet officers he has treated badly. Serving in his administration can require selfless devotion to duty. Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, could tell you about that. So could Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who is swiftly becoming the Cabinet superstar. Published August 9, 2017

Illustration on summertime in the age of selfies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high

"Summertime, when the livin' is easy." George Gershwin's haunting melody and DuBose Heyward's tender lyrics once floated over the mood of summer, coaxing us all to reverie. But that was when vacationers lay on the beach under a lazy old sun, concentrating on important things, like grains of sand seeping through their toes, and watching the currents of salty waves ebb and flow before rippling back to the vasty deep. Published August 2, 2017

Illustration contrasting Trump supporters and opponents by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The great American divide

You could call it the tale of two election reflections, two competing points of view, two American perceptions of out-of-focus reality. Two important liberal voices "looked back" this week at the November election to try to figure out how and why Donald Trump, whom "everybody" despised and "nobody" wanted to win, actually did. Published July 19, 2017

Illustration on young people in the age of social media information by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Digitally savvy' and at the mercy of media fakers

When President Trump defended his use of social media as not simply "presidential" but "modern day presidential," he had a point. If George Washington, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson wanted to get a personal message duplicated for the public to read, it took at least 24 hours to get it printed (even when their friends owned the presses.) Published July 12, 2017

Illustration on patriotism and nationalism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When nationalism is a worthy twin of patriotism

Barack Obama's speech in Indonesia, warning of "an aggressive kind of nationalism," has drawn both criticism and applause, depending on the politics of who was listening, but it ignited a useful and needed debate on the actual meaning of "nationalism." Published July 5, 2017

Illustration on the current mixed feelings over our national heritage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beautiful for a patriot's dream

Approaching the first Fourth of July in the time of Trump, a holiday Americans also call "Independence Day," it's hard to find much independent thinking. Polarized rages and rants follow red and blue patterns of division, deepening the fragmentation of national unity and making patriotic pride suspect. Verbal fireworks are today's "bombs bursting in air." Published June 28, 2017

Illustration on the cultural importance of Shakespeare and his play, 'Julius Caesar'              The Washington Times

Donald Trump Julius Caesar mockery reduces Shakespeare

Whether the famous dead Roman is a look-alike for Donald Trump, with a blond comb-over and a long red tie, a cool black dude in a tailored suit suggesting Barack Obama, or a 1930s Orson Welles with a Sam Browne belt resembling Benito Mussolini, the character has captured the imagination of public and players since Shakespeare wrote it more than four centuries ago. Published June 21, 2017

On Nov. 11, 1989, East German border guards are seen through a gap in the Berlin Wall after demonstrators pulled down a segment of the wall at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. Associated Press photo

When the Berlin Wall began to crack

Thirty years ago this week Ronald Reagan stood up on a podium in what was then West Berlin, framed by the Brandenburg Gate behind him. Through a thick sheet of bulletproof glass, he gazed at the ugly concrete symbol of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and addressed the most famous words of his presidency to Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet empire: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Published June 14, 2017

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman flies to a safe space

Finding a safe space, where never is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day, obviously has a wide appeal. Safe spaces were born on the campus, to accommodate "snowflakes," the sensitive, fearful and fragile folk who imagine themselves unique and demand to be treated that way. Published June 7, 2017

Illustration on the attack on the American Revolution and founding by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'We could all have been Canadians'

Liberal hysteria over Donald Trump was hardly required to pose questions about "the patriotic myths" of the Founding Fathers, but his elevation to the Oval Office has accelerated the trashing of the heroic past, even the stories of the American Revolution that generations of school children cherished. Published May 31, 2017

Illustration on the need for Arab states to deal with Islamist terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A harsh message worth sending

Just when everyone here was deep in preoccupation with partisan fantasy over whether Donald Trump should be impeached or removed by the 25th Amendment, the president changed the subject. Presidents can do that. Published May 24, 2017

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, top left, pauses while speaking to the press, at the end of a press conference where he announced measures intended to protect journalists, in Mexico City, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Pena said he is taking actions to halt slayings of journalists, without giving specifics, and promised more resources to help those under threat. Past measures have been ineffective in stopping the bloodshed among the country's media workers. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

When the press plays 'gotcha,' nobody wins

It's a difficult time to be proud of everything about America. The president is vilified from all sides (some criticism deserved, some not), and what's difficult to defend is the democratic process as we've used it to produce both the likes of Donald Trump and the press that rushes like lemmings to judgment. Published May 17, 2017