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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: Elements of Style

FIELDS: Good writing faces the elements

We're moving swiftly into postliterate America, and more's the pity. Many of us can't write a coherent, straightforward, easy-to-read sentence. Nobody but a "tiger mother" seems interested in teaching her cubs how to write clearly. Published February 3, 2011

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Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, will be among those rallying on the Capitol grounds at noon Monday to inveigh against excess spending by the lame-duck Congress.

FIELDS: A new flavor of tea

Rep. Michele Bachmann, founder of the Tea Party caucus in the new Congress, gave more than a response to President Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night. She gave us a look at the new political woman in Washington. Published January 26, 2011

Illustration: Internet discussion by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Changing how we think

We mourn, we weep, we wonder why. How could such things happen? Smart phones and online libraries constantly feed us information, but we don't get any wiser. We blame others for what goes wrong and for what we don't fully understand. Pundits argue and provoke, pretending to seek wisdom from the dialectic, but they're merely in love with the sound of their own voices. Jeremiahs predict the worst, Pollyannas foresee a rosy future and the ostrich buries his head in the sand (where insights as wise as any other may lurk). Published January 13, 2011

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FIELDS: Boomers back to the future

The baby boomers who wouldn't trust anyone over 30 must now rely on young clerks to get their Social Security and Medicare checks in the mail. This is the year the first of millions of boomers turn 65, and their younger brothers and sisters will follow them in the next two decades at the rate of 10,000 a day. Published January 5, 2011

Illustration: True Grit

FIELDS: 'True Grit' redux

"True Grit" is a tale whose time came and went. It's the good fortune of a new generation that its time has come again. The novel by Charles Portis, which sold about 25,000 copies from 2007 through 2009, has been bought by 10,000 additional readers since a new version of the movie based on it opened this month. Published December 29, 2010

A bust of Adolf Hitler is pictured in front of a portrait of Hitler during a preview for the exhebition 'Hitler and the Germans - nation and crime' in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. The exhibition runs from Oct. 15, 2010 until Feb. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

FIELDS: Snow on Hitler's parade

Berlin, Paris and London lie becalmed beneath a blanket of winter white. People come and go talking only of snow, snow, snow. They're obsessed with the weather, as if their winters are usually balmy seasons of sunshine and warmth. They've forgotten, if only for a fortnight or so, fears of terrorism and anger over intimate pat-downs. Tourists are furious over canceled flig Published December 22, 2010

Illustration: The Euro

FIELDS: Keeping the Continent afloat

"Money, money, money makes the world go round, the world go round." Joel Gray and Liza Minnelli sang it loud and clear in the movie "Cabaret," based on Christopher Isherwood's tales of the high life among the lowlife in Berlin of the early 1930s. Today, they might change the lyrics to "Euro, euro, euro." But no one here suggests the euro is making the world go round. Published December 15, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the release of diplomatic documents on WikiLeaks on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FIELDS: Hillary's unexpected good fortune

There are villains aplenty in the WikiLeaks scandal, but nobody looks better for it than Hillary Clinton. The purloined State Department cables show the secretary of state to be eager and willing to man up to both the nation's enemies and its faithless "allies" in the Middle East. Published December 9, 2010

Illustration: Homegrown terror by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Cultivating homegrown terror

"Homegrown" promises something fresh and tasty when applied to tomatoes, cabbage and beans straight from the farmer's field. But about terrorism, not so much. Homegrown terrorists, recruited from newly arrived people from the Muslim countries of the Middle East and Africa, are the latest menace to America. They're new transplants to these shores and sometimes even the native born. Published December 1, 2010

FIELDS: Counting our mixed blessings

The Thanksgiving holiday offers mixed blessings that run from anxiety to celebration. When the different generations gather to mix memory with desire (as the poet sayeth) we recognize differences as well as affinities, angry feelings along with the affectionate. We hasten and chasten our will to make known. Published November 24, 2010

Illustration: Erica Jong by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: No dancing on the left

Radical feminists are fussy, as usual, and now they're fidgety, too. They don't know how to enjoy success. They're restless, like combat veterans who, having returned home to peace, keep fighting old battles. Published November 18, 2010

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