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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

With the River Seine in the foreground the illuminated Eiffel Tower in the French national colors red, white and blue in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks last Friday, and Seine river are seen in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. A woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself up Wednesday as heavily armed police tried to storm a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks was believed to be holed up, police said. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Peace-loving people struggle to grasp a world at war

Two weeks before the Paris massacre, we took our twin granddaughters, age 11, for their first visit to Paris. They live in Berlin, and were eager to see the Mona Lisa smile, watch artists paint in Montmartre, and take a boat trip on the Seine. One night we watched the tip of the Eiffel Tower light up like a sparkler on the Fourth of July (or Bastille Day, if you like). Published November 18, 2015

Illustration on students' entitlement mentality on college campuses by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The closing of the American mouth

College kids do the darndest things. You send them away to open up their minds and they learn to close them, for themselves and for others. The tantrum generation just managed a left-wing coup at the University of Missouri, stifling freedom of expression and forcing out the president and chancellor of the university. Published November 11, 2015

Illustration on the recent GOP debate hosted by CNBC      The Washington Times

How the debates became a morality play

A mixture of Americans, Frenchmen and Germans, all swimming in the simmering pot of an extended family, got together in Paris one night last week to be entertained by a young American woman studying to be a clown in a school just outside the city. Published November 4, 2015

Dealing with the Transgender Issue Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The uncivil war among the women

The PC culture, writing the politically correct rules on everything everywhere, from the bedroom to the boardroom, seems about to implode. When that happy day arrives, with all the nonsense going up in steam if not smoke, credit should not go to Donald Trump, the angry warrior against all things PC. Published October 28, 2015

Illustration on Hello Barbie and robot companionship by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The robots are coming, with not much yet to say

Harry S. Truman once told a frustrated newcomer to the ways of Washington to expect permanently tough times. "If you want a friend in Washington," he said, "get a dog." That's still good advice, but now there's an alternative and it comes already housebroken. The robots are coming! Published October 21, 2015

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's good showing at the Democrat candidates' debate by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A big hand for the little lady

Hillary Rodham Clinton listened to her consultants, handlers and other men paid to be wise when she first ran for president seven years ago. They told her to run like a man, make no big deal about the obvious because her sex -- "gender," we call it in our more squeamish times -- was unimportant. She took their advice, and the rest is tortured history. Published October 14, 2015

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's recent forays into comedy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Taint funny, Hillary

While the Donald tries to overcome his reputation as an over-the-top television entertainer to caress his ambition to become president, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for comedienne in chief. She went on "SaturdayNight Live" to trade her high seriousness for laughs. Neither candidate will seal the deal the way they're trying to do it. Published October 7, 2015

Illustration on finding the political/emotional "sweet spot" in the public mind by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Looking for the 'sweet spot of seduction'

What a week for the visual, the holy grail of the marketing men, though there was nothing particularly holy about the way the political pursued religious pomp in the most political of cities. Published September 30, 2015

Illustration of Carly Fiorina             The Washington Times

Carly vs. Hillary

Carly Fiorina doesn't want anyone to care, and we're not supposed to notice, but it's a pleasure to see a woman with style running for president. She dresses with understated panache. She talks about moral values with the no-nonsense confidence of an old-fashioned schoolmarm, and she sounds like someone who believes what she says about the value of a human life. Published September 23, 2015

Illustration on education's increasing narrow focus on job preparation rather than moral enrichment by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

There's more to learning than a job search

In autumn a young man's fancy, and a young woman's, too, turns to thoughts of school. Even the melancholy chirping of the crickets becomes a sad song of the ebb of summer. Published September 9, 2015

Black Power Talisman Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The insufferable return of radical chic

The strange summer of '15 fades with murder accelerating in the big cities. Most of the dead are black, slain by blacks. Many white liberals are in a fashionable rage of blaming themselves for it. Published September 2, 2015

Illustration on the public personas and personal realities of the presidential front runners by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When private character is exposed in public performance

The theatrics of politics can sometimes work best in summer stock. The candidates know they're not yet playing on Broadway, but they're practicing as if on the road to see what audiences laugh at, applaud and sometimes hiss and boo. Published August 19, 2015

Illustration on grooming tips for GOP candidates in their first televised debate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A few grooming tips for the candidates

Some of the gents who are tempted to mock Hillary Clinton's bad hair days are about to feel some of the lady's pain, beginning Thursday night in the first debate of the presidential nominating season. Bad hair days, and Hillary has a lot of them, aren't funny. Ask any woman. Published August 5, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Hillary's past returns, with sharper teeth this time

"Those who cannot remember the past," the philosopher George Santayana reminded us, "are condemned to repeat it." The young, particularly the young voters of 2016, have no memory of Bill Clinton, and along with the rest of us they're about to get a reprise of the Hillary story. Published July 29, 2015

Illustration on GOP's expanded campaigning on social media by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cow bells, dog whistles and the Grand Old Party

The Republicans are desperately trying to get hip. Pursuing the latest new thing is not in the Republican DNA, but it's necessary to win elections. They have to tap into the popular culture of social media to woo the younger generation of voters, and that requires a digital strategy. Published July 22, 2015

Illustration on the other side of Atticus Finch in light of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Atticus Finch and his clay feet

The controversy over Harper Lee's new "old" novel, "Go Set a Watchman," might be the most bizarre controversy yet in a summer of bizarre and unlikely explosions of national piety. Published July 15, 2015

Illustration on the increasing vulgarity of American women by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Defining vulgarity down

Any man would tell you that women can't whistle, throw a pass or cuss very well. Female cussin' has punch but no authority. But the triumph of modern feminism is that a woman has the right to be as vulgar as any man. No, scratch that. It's not a right, but acceptance (in certain circles) for using verbal vulgarity as crudely as a barroom brawler. We used to call it "giving lip." It was not "ladylike." Published July 8, 2015