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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: We the people by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Nancy, Nancy, Nancy

Happy politicians are all alike; every unhappy politician is unhappy in his own way. (Apologies to Tolstoy.) Nancy Pelosi, who in her heart of hearts must be unhappy about Nov. 2, insists publicly that the disaster was an occasion for the losers to celebrate. Published November 10, 2010

President Barack Obama listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington,  Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

FIELDS: A problem of reality, not rhetoric

Let's raise a cup o' cheer for robust, aggressive debate, especially for a democracy in an election campaign. Truth will out. Sometimes it takes awhile, but determined voters can find out what they need to know from many voices, even when the voices are raised (or especially when they're raised.) The voter, often dismissed by the intelligentsia as dumb and unrefined, knows how to select and separate the wheat from the chaff. This week, he left a lot of chaff on the wind. Published November 3, 2010

Illustration: Ghost by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Politics looks sinister to the left

Spooky election campaigns jump-start Halloween this year. Christine O'Donnell, a Republican from the Tea Party running for a Senate seat from Delaware, is looking for a metered space to park her broomstick. "That's the kind of candidate Delaware hasn't had since 1694," cracked a player on "Saturday Night Live" as a skeleton in the background played the piano with bony fingers. Published October 28, 2010

Jon Hamm stars as advertising executive Don Draper in "Mad Men." (AP Photo/AMC)

FIELDS:High heels and high hopes

Maybe the radical feminists deserve a little pity, or at least a bit of tea and sympathy. Some of them are still living among "Mad Men." That television soap opera of the manners and mores of Madison Avenue in the 1960s ended its fourth season this week with a Freudian treatment of conventional male fantasy. Don Draper, the top dog at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce asks his secretary, who has shown mothering instincts baby-sitting his children on a vacation trip to California, to marry him. The most creative woman in the ad agency, who saved the firm by landing a lucrative account for pantyhose, is simply a sad single woman without a man. Published October 20, 2010

Illustration: Education by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Paging Clark Kent

Education, like politics, is local. You want it close to home, the better to monitor it. That's how it should be. What and how to teach kids, like politics, is subject to the changes of clout, even when it hurts the kids. That's not how it should be, but that's how it was in Washington, where a mayor stood behind an innovative leader in education who took on the powerful teachers union, daring to fire poor teachers, to ignore tenure when teachers underperformed and to dismiss principals of chronically underperforming schools. When the mayor lost an election, the innovative leader was out, too. Published October 13, 2010

Illustration by Greg Groesch

FIELDS: Dorky digital and 'the new cool'

Every generation seeks a hero or an anti-hero, a trend or countertrend, a fashion or non-fashion to define itself in both politics and the culture, pop and otherwise. Recall Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock in the movie "The Graduate," lolling about in his parents' swimming pool, fins and all, with no place to go. Quintessential '60s. Published October 7, 2010

Illustration: Gordon Gekko

FIELDS: 'Money Never Sleeps' misses the mark

Conservatives who love hating moviemaker Oliver Stone - one who has never found a particular reason to love America - won't find enough venom to abet their passion against him during his latest movie, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." He has gone soft, mushy and sentimental. Published September 29, 2010

Illustration: Tea leaves by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Arranging the tea leaves

What do women want? That was Sigmund Freud's endearing, if naive, question, asked when "Freudian" still meant a deep look into the unconscious. But the good Viennese doctor, as we've learned since, had not a clue to what he was talking about. He posed various notions like envy of you-know-what, that anatomy is destiny. Some were cute, but no cigar. Published September 22, 2010

Ground Zero

FIELDS: The view beyond Ground Zero

New York, New York, a wonderful town. The city is a study in "doubleness." The subway runs deep, the buildings scrape the sky. There's an east side and a west side, an uptown and a downtown, two rivers, two coastlines. Published September 16, 2010

Illustration: Religions by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: American tolerance and Islam at odds

Summer fades into autumn, and with it comes the seasonal focus on ancient faith. Muslims fast for Ramadan, seeking mercy and forgiveness, closing the last day of the observance with prayer and celebration on Eid al-Fitr. Jews blow the shofar, with its piercing cry ringing in the New Year, first with the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, when we nibble apples dipped in honey, hoping for sweetness in the days ahead, and then the solemn fasting on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Published September 9, 2010

Illustration: Mad Men's Don Draper

FIELDS: Little girls and 'Mad Men'

Two little girls I know, age 6, showed up the other day at a public pool in Washington for a swim. They were excited by the prospect of escaping, if only for a little while, the heat pushing the thermometer close to 100. Alas, they were wearing the only bathing suits they had: bikini bottoms, no tops. No go, they were told by the pool manager. There was a dress code, and no one was allowed to dress "inappropriately in a way that may offend others." Did I say these were 6-year olds? Published September 3, 2010

STANDING THEIR GROUND: Protesters object to proposed construction of a mosque near ground zero. Three separate plans to build mosques in the city are being met with anger. (Associated Press)

FIELDS: Common sense for sacred ground

We stood together in the rain on a Sunday in late summer, most of us as protesters, some of us angrier than others, and some of us there as observers to take the temperature of anger at West Broadway and Park Place. We stood close to Ground Zero, as the place where the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center once stood will always be called. This was holy ground. We could feel it. Published August 26, 2010

Illustration: Kindle by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Battle of the books

Many of us lament the loss of the neighborhood bookstore, where we enjoyed engaging the owner in conversation, but losing that was a small price (if not so small for the bookshop proprietor) to pay for the luxury of more impersonal service for less money. Published August 18, 2010

Comedy writer Ariane Sherine promotes an atheist campaign that is intended to reach a majority of the British population over the next three weeks. (Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

FIELDS: The new dance on a pinhead

It's been a long time since Nietzsche announced that God was dead. But debates over the existence of God have taken on an urgency in the 21st century, mainly argued by atheists eager to take on those long-dead monks who counted the angels dancing on the head of a pin. Theology is not a popular subject at the dinner parties of urban political sophisticates; a host who says grace before a meal could curdle the gazpacho. But atheism is a fashionable topic in Washington. Published August 12, 2010

Illustration: The sea

FIELDS: Down to the sea in discontent

A perch in the sand on a pristine beach invites a summer afternoon's reflections, and here where North Carolina's Outer Banks meet the Atlantic we're all sea-watchers, looking and listening for changes in color and texture in the ocean, diving for shells, wondering how far from the distant Gulf of Mexico the tar balls will travel. Published August 4, 2010

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Chelsea Clinton sits with Marc Mezvinsky on the beach at Hilton Head Island, S.C., in this December 1996 photo. The two announced over the weekend that they are engaged.

FIELDS: Growing up with POTUS

Chelsea Clinton is getting married, and we all wish her well on the biggest day of a girl's life. Bill and Hillary were the focus of scandal and controversy, left, right and in-between, but never the first child. Chelsea's parents and the press deserve credit for preserving her privacy when she was growing up, first in the governor's mansion in Little Rock, Ark., and then in the White House. That's as it should be. Published July 29, 2010

Illustration: Mad Men's Don Draper

FIELDS: When burly becomes surly

Ah, men. That's no benedic- tion. These are tough times to be a man. It's too Freudian to say they're suffering from an identity crisis, but since macho has been put in mothballs many men are searching for a new scent. Over-the-hill celebrities remind us of the many roads leading men have taken past Gender Gap and wound up in No Man's Land. Published July 21, 2010

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Endless electronic summer

Three generations inhabit the summer house, and an extended family gathers each evening at the dinner table to talk about the events, reflections and encounters of the day. The adults worry about the growing scarcity of doctors who take insurance because they fear lower fees when Obamacare kicks in. Both children and adults lament the dying fish and birds on the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico 1,500 miles away and talk warmly of the pleasure of swimming in the cool, clean Atlantic. The boys, age 11 and 14, taking summer science classes in marine biology, describe how certain parasites look under a microscope and marvel at the distinctive colors of feldspar and quartz in the neighborhood. Published July 14, 2010

Illustration: Workforce

FIELDS: Wonder Woman behind the curves

Wonder Woman got a makeover, but she's still behind the curves. Her designers seem not to realize that for decades women have been in the ascendancy in the marketplace, and it's male action heroes who require a makeover, literally and figuratively. Exceptions still rule the imaginations of children, but in the world which most grown-ups inhabit, the male sex seems to need a Wonder Man to idealize possibilities. Published July 8, 2010

** FILE ** This July 4, 2008 file photo shows fireworks as they burst in the night sky of Bullard, Texas as part of its Independence Day celebration.  (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman, FILE) A program that offers free cab rides home to people in the Washington region who have been drinking too much around certain holidays has been salvaged for Independence Day.

FIELDS: Good reasons to light a firecracker

Not so long ago, most Americans regarded the Fourth of July as "Independence Day" and called it that, celebrating liberty and freedom, prizing independence above all. For the graduates of high school and college, their "Independence Day" marks the breaking away from parents, of moving toward responsibility. For many of us, it's a celebration mixed with more than a little concern. Where will this new independence take the young? What kind of adults will they become? Have we "done good" by them? Published July 1, 2010