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Suzanne Fields

Articles by Suzanne Fields

Illustration Feeding Big Bird by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Immorality of feeding Big Bird

For an 8-footer with a lot of yellow feathers and a bird's brain, Big Bird is a fellow with a lot of friends in medium-high places. President Obama even has commissioned a campaign commercial taking Mitt Romney to task for treating the bird with something less than reverence. Published October 10, 2012

Illustration Obama and Romney in the Ring by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Obama and Romney enter the ring

When you write about war, Barbara Tuchman once told aspiring historians, write as though you don't know who won. That's hard to do. It's just as hard to write about which presidential candidate will win a tight race. Published October 3, 2012

Illustration by Kichka, Israel Channel 1, Jerusalem, Israel

FIELDS: Bumps in Obama's Mideast road

This is the week of Yom Kippur, when Jews reflect on the year just past and look forward to the new one in hopes of being entered in the Book of Life. The shofar (or ram's horn) is a plaintive cry from the heart, marking natural events of birth, death and renewal. Published September 26, 2012

Illustration War on Women by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Putting the lie to ‘war on women’

Certain feminists, similar to children discovering that certain words shock their mommies, like to talk dirty. Or at least naughty. Naomi Wolf climbs on this bandwagon once more with her eighth book, "Vagina: A New Biography" (Ecco, 2012). Published September 19, 2012

Illustration Teachers' Unions by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: It's the kids, stupid

Not so long ago, many youngsters wanted to grow up to be teachers, and parents were pleased to encourage them. Not any longer. Teachers have become the Rodney Dangerfields of postmodern America. Published September 12, 2012

Illustration by Donna Grethen

FIELDS: Time to work, not whine

Asea change has washed over America since Freud asked the question that forever perplexes everybody: "What do women want?" The question remains forever elusive, because women are never of one mind. To the consternation of marketers, political and otherwise, women don't all think alike. Published September 5, 2012

Associated Press

FIELDS: Paul Ryan closing the generation gap

How will the voters of Generation X mark their presidential ballots? If the baby boomers never trusted anyone over 30, the Gen X'ers are said never to trust themselves. They've been stereotyped as slackers, cynics and whiners. They also have been described as confident, pragmatic and engaged. Published August 29, 2012

Illustration School by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Back to school brainwashing

It's the time of the year when children's smiles begin to look a little pinched. You can feel it when you walk through any school-supplies store. While the colored pencils and lunchboxes on display evoke memories of "the good times," they also spark memories of all that filler work, the spelling and grammar exercises, multiplication tables and the dates of the Revolutionary War. Published August 22, 2012

Agenda Project

FIELDS: Ryan Medicare commercial silliness

We remember Granny. She's the helpless old lady in a wheelchair whom Rep. Paul Ryan, or somebody who was supposed to look like him, pushed over the cliff. That's the way an Obama campaign commercial attempted to demonstrate the heartlessness of the mean ol' Republicans. Published August 15, 2012

Illustration Men and Women by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Men making out badly in culture war

Sex is always interesting, but mix it with politics in a presidential campaign and it becomes downright sensational. First Amendment guarantees of free speech get lost in the protest when homosexual couples meet to make out at Chick-fil-A. Published August 8, 2012

Associated Press

FIELDS: Press sees conflictin Israel’s culture

Ethnic jokes are always dangerous. Gen. James Jones, as President Obama's national security adviser, famously regaled a friendly Jewish audience with a variation of a joke about the Hamas militant in Jerusalem who went into the shop of a Jewish merchant and asked to buy food. Published August 1, 2012

Illustration by Tim Brinton

FIELDS: Looking for meaning in a massacre

The memorable massacres of history have been the stuff of ruthless despots. They're about power and intolerance -- getting rid of anyone who could cause trouble. Atilla the Hun needed an army to massacre his enemy. Josef Stalin was a wholesale killer who measured his dead in the millions. Published July 25, 2012

Illustration Romney Shield by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Short-circuiting the new third rail

Race has become the third rail of American politics. Touch it and you die. It’s the rail on which some of our angriest Democrats want to ride Mitt Romney and the Republicans out of town. Published July 18, 2012

Illustration America Votes by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Rebalancing power in the age of Obama

These past few days have given us a lot of fireworks, between the Supreme Court decision upholding Obamacare's mandate and the celebration of Independence Day. With the fireworks came a serious look at the Founding Fathers - and what they had to say about governance. The pundits rent the air with commentary. Published July 11, 2012

Illustration: Family TV by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Fantasy for a summer's night

Any parent can tell you that finding a decent summer movie for the kids is a hard day's work. Blood-sucking vampires abound in the twilight zone, children fight to their death in violent hunger scripts, but it's not easy to find fantasy as magically alluring as a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. Published July 4, 2012

Illustration Feminist Utopia by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: The fall from having it all

I am woman, hear me whine. With apologies to Helen Reddy, whose "roar" was heard 'round the world from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972. Published June 27, 2012

Illustration E-reader by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: The gathering digital storm

The e-book generation lucks out. Winston Churchill is going digital and global. More than 40 volumes of his prose are being downloaded so that they can be read throughout the world. The man who said "history will be kind to me for I intend to write it," won't have to depend on the kindness of readers. Published June 20, 2012

Illustration Bear Trap Women by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Between mystique and failure

When Chelsea Clinton stood in for her mother at a recent gala at the Kennedy Center in the District, she addressed her mother's hopes that women could build a better world. Published June 13, 2012

Associated Press

FIELDS: Honoring Ike

"Moving forward" is suddenly everybody's cliche in a city that thrives on political cliches, but there's another Washington that looks to the past - or at least a commemoration of the past - and how we pay homage to the men who shaped the nation's destiny. Published June 6, 2012

Illustration by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Romney's religion shapes the man, not his message

A tiny incident in the life of a candidate can sometimes tell us more about him than a dozen speeches or television commercials. When Mitt Romney paused to rub his wife's aching feet after a tough and tiring day of campaigning in Michigan last fall, we got just a glimmer, but a bright one, of insight into the man who would be president. Published May 30, 2012