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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 the state of intellectual life on the nation's college campuses by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The curse of the college campus

The members of the Class of '20 know now who they are, or soon will be. They've made the final choice of what college they'll attend, they've sent off their security deposits, and now they're wondering what their next life will be like. Published June 1, 2016

Illustration on the absurdities of the 2016 election cycle by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A new lease for the Theater of the Absurd

The Theater of the Absurd was the vogue of the '60s, when the cry was "anything goes," and everything did. Characters on stage, usually larger than life, invited audiences to reflect on the comedy of human existence, to shock them out of the complacency of everyday life. Published May 25, 2016

Illustration on political attempts at solving national disunity by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Listening to the buzz

"Unity" is all the buzz among both Republicans and Democrats. Can unity, where everyone is finally happy with a settled argument, ever be achieved? If so, how? Mr. Dooley, humorist Peter Finley Dunne's fictional party regular, always took brass knuckles to a Democratic unity meeting. Published May 11, 2016

The Traps of the Presidential Race Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The search for wiggle room

Only yesterday Hillary Clinton was the beloved feminist destined to break through the glass ceiling over the Oval Office, there to triumphantly reprise the anthem of ferocious estrogen: "I am woman, hear me roar." Alas, the roar has become a nervous squeak in the wake of her not-so-terrific Tuesday in Indiana. Published May 4, 2016

The Battle of New Orleans

Honor for a heroine without dishonoring a hero

The inquiring mind of a young friend of mine, a junior at a Washington high school, wants to know: "What's the meaning of moving Andrew Jackson to the back of the $20 bill?" He doesn't discount the achievements of Harriet Tubman, celebrated in classrooms from kindergarten on. Published April 27, 2016

Illustration on Hillary Clinton and political funding by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The candidates and the golden calf

The clever presidential candidate tries to mix politics with Passover, eager to join the Jews in celebration of the triumphant exodus from Egypt — maybe the Chosen People will make him — or her — the Chosen One. But they had to work at not looking too clever by half. Lessons learned will be crucial as they enter the homestretch of the primary season. Published April 20, 2016

Illustration on keeping up with technological change by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Connecting with the young across 'the generations gap'

The generation gap has morphed into a generations gap. Like everything else in our swoosh, swipe, snap and selfie-obsessed world, the gaps multiply and separate with the speed of sound. What used to make up meaningful moral conflicts between parents and children, a guide to the future, have proliferated into "process differences" between various age groups, abetted by changes in swiftly changing values. Published April 13, 2016

Illustration on the candidates relative support among women by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A bare-knuckle brawl of a campaign

The presidential campaigns are scrambling in the wake of Wisconsin to manipulate images of women, forcing them into caricatures of whatever stereotype works. Spouses are thrust into a limelight they haven't sought, and everybody's looking for gaffe, grit (true and otherwise) and glamour. Published April 6, 2016

From 'Plato to NATO' in a dangerous world

Tempers always run high in the run-up to choosing the candidates for president. Donald Trump, leading the Republicans, is accused of fascism, out to destroy hundreds of years of accumulated democratic values. Hillary Clinton, the Democrat most likely to succeed, is accused of breaching national security with a private email system of her own, rendering classified secrets open to hacking by alien governments, and could conceivably be indicted for felonies. Published March 30, 2016

Hillary the Common Drummer Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Seeking an answer to an ancient question

Women are a puzzle to men. Ask any man. Women think men are transparent and eager to figure it out. Everybody knows that. But when Sigmund Freud posed his famous question he confessed that he didn't have any idea what the answer was. Published March 23, 2016

Illustration on the voters' dilemma by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Between a rock and a hard place

Hand-wringing, exasperation, frustration, disbelief. When have Americans been so befuddled by a presidential campaign? Disillusioned voters can only channel ancient Ulysses confronting Scylla and Charybdis, like pilgrims suffering between the painful rock and the uncomfortable hard place. Published March 16, 2016

Illustration on Trump's perceived authoritarianism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Who can trump Trump?

The search continues for the key to chaos. Where's the catchy description to capture the zeitgeist, to encapsulate the anger, to illuminate the dreary landscape where puzzled voters look and listen to identify the proper leader when the leading Democrat and Republican post the lowest ratings for honesty, character and trustworthiness? This is surely the winter of our discombobulation. Published March 9, 2016

Illustration on Donald Trump's hucksterism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The spectacular success of the flimflam

Success in presidential politics now is all about outrageous performance. We've been transitioning to this place since the 19th century, when P.T. Barnum captivated the public imagination with oddities and oddballs, many of them fakes and all of them unlikely, expanding what was acceptable to see in the human image. Published March 2, 2016

Illustration on the political parties' overtures to voting women by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Prying women out of the kitchen

John Kasich is Mr. Nice Guy, who tries never to offend and appeals to men and women who are content to live their lives in familiar territory. But he got a little egg on his face when he fondly remembered the women in Ohio who "emerged from their kitchens" to work for him early in his career. Published February 24, 2016

Illustration on Donald Trump's candidacy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The outrageous ordinariness of Donald Trump

Maybe we should look at the presidential campaign as vaudeville. Our grandparents loved vaudeville, so maybe we can learn to love it, too. (I'm not holding my breath.) Published February 17, 2016

Illustration on Hillary's problems with feminism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The hydra-headed monster stalking Hillary

Feminism is the hydra-headed monster stalking Hillary Clinton's campaign for president. She once thought her appeal to women, as the first of her "gender" to get a real crack at the presidency, was straightforward, unambiguous and unstoppable, but now she can't hear the cheers for the cacophony of squabbling female voices. Published February 10, 2016

Illustration on winning the hearts of voters by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Making free with a vote in New Hampshire

Votes are stubborn little things. Votes have none of the sparkle and shine of some of the campaign rhetoric. Votes don't soar, they sink in. Votes are precious and deeply felt by the man and woman who casts one, but the candidates stop catering to votes as soon as they're cast. Published February 3, 2016

Illustration contrasting storm gallantry and leftist government dependency by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sometimes it's a blizzard, but never a snow job

NEW YORK CITY -- It's a strange time to be in a blizzard in the birthplace of "New York values." The wind howls through the canyons of commerce like a wolf at full moon, and for a change the noise is from nature and not from the politicians. The blinding whiteout clears the mind to focus on what's at hand, and what requires a helping hand. Published January 27, 2016

Illustration on the loud distractions of this year's presidential campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Drowned out by the roughhouse rhetoric

Donald Trump is the politician who most accurately reflects the rage and anger, the zeitgeist, of our time. You don't have to like him, want him to win, or even expect him to be the Republican nominee to see that he's perfected the roughhouse tone of the way we communicate politics. Published January 20, 2016