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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

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FIELDS: Republicans try out their Mitt

Mitt Romney is learning what candidates before him learned. Small mistakes count, but usually not for much. But big ones can put a man down for the count. Right now his "$10,000 bet" seems insignificant. His pleasure taken in "firing" greedy incompetents, taken out of context and exaggerated by opponents who know better, is slightly more damaging, but the fair-minded (as most Americans are) understand what he meant. Published January 11, 2012

Illustration: GOP changing lead by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS:Elephants lumber out of the gate

What a country. Between the tears and triumphs, the angry accusations and the grudging admiration, the repetitive epithets and the evocative patriotism, the race in Iowa ends in a photo finish. But any bookie will tell you that no matter how close the finish, you still pay out for win, place and show. Published January 4, 2012

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FIELDS: Message matters more than the new-fangled medium

T his is the week that pits the old fogies against the rising generations in determining "what's in" for 2012 and "what's out" from 2011. Fashion and political opinions traditionally have made for a showdown at Generation Gap, but this year, as we move into a new year, there's a communication gap, too. It's as much about process as substance in how we see the future. Published December 28, 2011

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FIELDS: Grave thoughts on Grim Reaper

This has been a busy week for the Grim Reaper, slashing out at friend and foe, winning each battle fought against clay-footed humans who earned obituaries on the front page inspired by love or hate or both. Words often have a life of their own, particularly in matters of life and death. Cosmic coincidences in man's fate bring to our attention very different men merely because they died within days of each other. Published December 21, 2011

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FIELDS: Newt nixes revisionist history

Newt Gingrich is a fat target for everyone - so easy to hit. He makes the others in the race jump up and down and sometimes leap sideways, like it or not. He shakes things up. He forces voters to look differently at things they thought they already understood, lulled by habit rather than thought. That may not be the ultimate role for a leader of the Western world, but for now, he's the pause that refreshes. Published December 14, 2011

Illustration: Israel by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Blaming the victim - again

This has been a bad week in Israeli-American relations - more accurately, Israeli-Obama White House relations. Three White House players who should know better (and probably do), dumped on the only democracy in the Middle East, boldly contradicting the president's boast to Jewish donors that he's the most Israel-supporting president in history. (Where does that leave Harry Truman?) Published December 7, 2011

Illustration: Washington scandals by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Sex, lies and politics

Once upon a time they called it the "double standard." Women were held to higher virtue than men. Then women learned to stoop to conquer. In a sex-saturated world, women could exploit their tales of sex for titillation and money. A woman no longer has to be the victim of a brute. She could be a damsel in the distress of others. Published November 30, 2011

Illustration: Generations by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Filling in the generation gaps

Thanksgiving is the holiday that pulls families together, squeezing them around a table for a feast of turkey, tradition and togetherness. We encourage conversations meant to be personally relevant, but sometimes they turn into a horizontal Babel, with each generation speaking in a different tongue. It's a stretch to identify an entire generation by its tastes in fashion and music, but such tastes offer strong clues. Published November 23, 2011

Illustration: Manly virtue disappearing by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: When manly virtue died

These are difficult and perilous times for boys. A distorted culture has robbed them of virtue against which to measure themselves. The good once associated with masculinity in a patriarchal society has been tossed out with the bad. This, alas, is the era of feminist ascendency. Published November 17, 2011

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FIELDS: Digging for gold along the campaign trail

The war between the sexes will never be easy to win because there are too many incentives for men and women to lay down their arms and call for a truce, if not a tryst. Nothing is more powerful than that image of Adam giving up all for Eve. He chose to leave paradise and work for a living rather than lose the woman he loved. (Besides, he couldn't spare another rib.) Published November 9, 2011

Illustration: Herman Cain by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Morass of sexual harassment

The accusations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain are so far small potatoes, and badly baked at that. On a scale of 1 to 10, they're hovering around 2. Looking back, the accusations of Anita Hill against Clarence Thomas weren't so weighty, either. They were about a few suggestive remarks about a movie and a hair on a can of Coke. Published November 2, 2011

FIELDS: Turkey's abrupt about-face

A young American man with black hair and dark brown eyes checked into a small hotel in Capadaccio, where visitors to Turkey flock to see the famous lava formations carved into the landscape. Published October 19, 2011

Illustration: 9-9-9 by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Pizza man brings pizzazz to GOP

Some of the Republican candidates wanted to audition for Comedy Central the other night, aiming their one-liners at Herman Cain. But the pizza man is no joke. Mr. Cain is able, you might say. If his rivals are not taking him seriously, they should. Everyone else is. Published October 12, 2011

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FIELDS: Germany comes of age

United Germany turned 21 this week. Families celebrated a three-day weekend, with the children waving black, red and gold national flags in the bright sunlight of an unseasonal October summer in Berlin. In Bonn, the capital of West Berlin when Germany was divided into the Soviet East and free West, fireworks flashed across the night sky. Published October 5, 2011

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

FIELDS: Mahmoud Abbas is no Anwar Sadat

It's the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah is followed by Yom Kippur. We listen to that strange instrument called the shofar, made of a ram's horn, with long plaintive and short bleating notes resounding in synagogues around the world. Published September 29, 2011

Illustration: Israel by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Nations united in annual Israel mugging

It's gang-up time on Israel again. Right on schedule, here come the huffers, puffers and pipsqueaks. Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, arrived in New York to demand a seat at the United Nations. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right on cue, arrived from Iran in a cloud of bluster and bombast. It's all for show, of course, irritating in the way a noisy neighbor's drunken fight with his wife at 3 in the morning can be irritating. But the show, such as it is, makes a convenient backdrop for what looks like an authentic hope for change in American presidential politics. Published September 21, 2011

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FIELDS: Camelot revisited

Jackie Kennedy is back, but the world she knew as first lady is gone forever. The woman Mamie Eisenhower said looked "younger than Barbie," the fashion icon who didn't want to wear hats but capitulated at Jack's inauguration with a chic pillbox worn on the back of her head so it wouldn't ruin her bouffant hairdo, the widow who described her husband's administration as Camelot, a romantic notion as fanciful as the legend from which it was based, speaks again through a gossamer haze of prefeminist politics. Published September 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry heard loud applause at the Veterans of Foreign Wars 112th National Conference on Monday when he said only U.S. officers should be leading American troops in missions abroad. (Associated Press)

FIELDS: God and politics

God will not be mocked, as the Scriptures tell us, but the pundits and politicians keep trying. Rick Perry is bringing out both the believers and the scoffers. This is a phenomenon that seems to happen with the presidential cycles. Jimmy Carter was born again, Barack Obama was once the messiah, and his followers - millions of them - thought he could walk on water. Now not even Michelle is sure he could walk to Alexandria without getting wet to the knees. All that is gone with the wind, and Irene's rain. Published August 31, 2011

Illustration: Reading by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Back to school: Helping boys man up in reading

Once upon a time, women complained that everything in the culture favored men, that it began when men and women were boys and girls. Boys got the advantage in kindergarten and kept it through high school and into their college years. Boys were more active than girls, and teachers called on them for recitation more often than girls. Published August 24, 2011