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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 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

Illustration on women's changing political priorities by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What do women want this year?

Eight years ago -- that's a generation in presidential politics -- Hillary Clinton expected that as the first woman in the Oval Office she would be making the State of the Union address this week. Instead she's in Iowa and New Hampshire, up to her knees in snow and slush again, fighting off Bernie Sanders, who was left for dead a month ago and has suddenly begun rising in the polls in both states. Published January 14, 2016

Illustration on the Clintons' sexual history as a political issue by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The sexual politics that hound Hill and Bill

"Sexual politics" once described the power relationship between a man and a woman, but that has changed, like everything else, with the changing times. In the age of the Internet, with its blessings and curses delivered at warp speed, presidential politics expands (some say narrows) what goes on between a man and a woman in the harsh glare of a campaign. Published January 6, 2016

Illustration on the blurring of the sexes by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

What a year for women, for better and worse

Changes and trends of the old year now passing in review show women holding, as usual, a mixed bag. Some less sanguine women would call it a Pandora's box. Published December 30, 2015

Illustration on an expedition to Mars by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The challenge to get to Mars and back

Measure it any way you like, but this hasn't been the championship season of the "can do" spirit of America. Most of the presidential campaigners spend their allotted minutes criticizing what's wrong with the country, how others have made a mess of things, and why voters should put them in charge of changing things. Published December 23, 2015

Illustration on Hillary and feminism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The antique feminism of Hillary Clinton

The Republicans have sucked all the oxygen out of the room with a race that's finally getting really interesting. Bernie Sanders is vanishing into irrelevance and the Hillary story of the Republican week was about how she is losing traction with the new generation of women voters. Not exactly the attention she and the party want. Published December 16, 2015

Illustration on Muslim religious garb by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When religious fashion invites suspicion

When I was a girl, graduating from Old Testament and Hebrew language studies at a conservative synagogue, I wore a white robe, carried an armful of red roses and gave a speech to my family and the congregation. A wealthy friend of the family, an orthodox member of the faith, sent me a necklace with a pendant and a 2-carat diamond set in a platinum six-pointed Star of David. Published December 9, 2015

Illustration on Israel's frontline role in opposition to Islamic terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Then they came for the Jews'

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me." Published December 2, 2015

"Freedom From Want" by Norman Rockwell          Associated Press photo

Finding more than faults on the all-American holiday

Has anybody seen Norman Rockwell? We gather together for the Thanksgiving holiday and a few days of family togetherness. The tables are groaning under time-honored dishes of our Pilgrim forefathers, or so we like to think. We tell innocent stories about them and their Native American guests (or "Indians," as the first settlers called them.) Published November 25, 2015

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