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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

Brett Kavanaugh

Women rise to defy the sleaze-slingers

Only yesterday the Democrats in the U.S. Senate were giddy with the idea that Brett Kavanaugh had united the women of America, who would pressure their senators to do him in. But the campaign to confirm Judge Kavanaugh for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court is beginning to look like Ladies Day at the baseball park. Published August 8, 2018

A.G. Sulzberger and President Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

Lost in the deep blue Sea of Fakery

Fake news, alas, is authentic enough. Just because the label was popularized by Donald Trump doesn't mean it isn't sometimes real. It's a label covering a multitude of sins. Published August 1, 2018

Illustration on the threat of identity politics by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Submerged in a din of identity

The human animal seems hardwired for tribalism, and the ties that bind are shaped by our compelling need to group together, obeying calls for loyalties and exclusions. Some groupings contribute not only to the gratifications of bonding, whether in family, clubs, choirs or loyalty to sports teams, but provide the glue that holds a community together. Published July 25, 2018

Evening the Sacles Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

#UsToo strikes back, demanding equal justice

They're hiring lawyers, in that all-American way of proving they're serious, and they're organizing what they proudly call "the men's movement." If it's derivative, they should call it #UsToo. It's a further poisoning of the well whence both men and women drink. Published July 18, 2018

Illustration on politics and the current Supreme Court situation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Supreme success, but there's a brawl ahead

One of my colleagues in the writing trade often reminds me that the ancient folk wisdom, "nothing succeeds like success," is misleading. Success is fragile, "and it's more accurate to say that nothing recedes like success." Published July 11, 2018

Illustration on the rise of vulgarity in the culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Defining deviancy down

Robert De Niro, the actor, aimed the "F-bomb" at Donald Trump in remarks to a large audience at the Tony Awards. Following an appreciative applause he repeated it and got a standing ovation. Samantha Bee, the television comedian, used the even more vulgar "c-word" to describe the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump. Published June 27, 2018

Illustration on the romance between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A new look at a forbidden romance

If Sally Hemings were still with us, she would be the poster child of the #MeToo movement. Such speculation is the stuff of revisionist presidential history, and a new exhibit at Monticello humanizes, for better or worse, the portrait of Thomas Jefferson the slaveowner. Published June 20, 2018

President Donald Trump walks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Sentosa Island, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Singapore beyond the theatrics

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un introduced a new kind of reality show when they met at Singapore. It wasn't a matter of who would be fired, or voted off the island. The stakes were nuclear, or to be precise, "the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." This was the powerful aphrodisiac that lured the president to Singapore. Published June 13, 2018

Illustration on reappraising Bill Clinton in light of the #metoo movement by ALexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bill Clinton and #MonicaToo

Bill Clinton is back, and as Yogi Berra might say, it's deja vu all over again. Well, not quite. Published June 6, 2018

Illustration on Europe's attitude toward the Holocaust and resurgent anti-semitism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A little learning shines a new light on a painful history

The American response to the history of the Holocaust is changing. So, too, the response of the Germans. "History teaches, but has no pupils," Antonio Gramsci, a Marxist philosopher, once said. But he was wrong. Published May 30, 2018

Illustration on the new royal couple by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Meghan Markle, the bride who can't save the world

It's not easy being a royal bride in Old Blighty. Even keeping up with what to call everybody, and whom to curtsy to, and whom to expect a curtsy from, requires an immersion course in protocol. We can't even call Meghan Markle by her real name. Published May 23, 2018

Stormy Daniels (Associated Press)

Now arriving, porn feminism

We've entered the porn phase of feminism. You could call it the third stage. The first stage, led by Susan B. Anthony and the Suffragettes, wore white to proclaim their virtue and to show themselves morally superior to men who opposed them. They won the vote in 1920, despite President Woodrow Wilson's frown. Published May 9, 2018

Illustration on springtime in Washington by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Just in time, springtime in Washington

It's hard to remember a season when so many informed, knowledgeable and sophisticated men and women have spent so much time talking about the weather, and longing for change, literally and figuratively. Complaining about the windy days of winter, yearning for the extended days of spring and warmth when that lucky ol' sun finally chases away cloud and murk and moves toward the light. On that, Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, clumsy Romeo and angry feminist, are at last united, if only for a little while. Published May 2, 2018

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House.

Finally we can let Melania be Melania

This has been the fortnight of the first ladies. Last week the focus was on two former first ladies, one about mourning and fond admiring recollections, and one about yet another book of scathing analytical criticism. Barbara Bush was celebrated for her blunt dignity. Hillary Clinton was recalled for her campaign of blunt excuses for her own failures. Published April 25, 2018

Illustration on the FBI's reaction to Jim Comey's book    The Washington Times

The G-men and their emojis

Once upon a time in a previous century I was invited to watch a widely banned movie, "I Am Curious Yellow," in company with a number of FBI agents and officials to see just how naughty it was. I had written about censorship and whether the movie was over the line of decency. Published April 18, 2018

Free speech in the time of choler

Polarities are the spice in a dish of politics in search of a recipe. Sometimes the dish becomes a fallen souffle, and once a souffle falls no hostess can serve it with pride. Published April 11, 2018

Trump, Erdogan and Putin           The Washington Times

A good man is still hard to find

Women have been complaining since the original Adams family was evicted from the Garden of Eden that "a good man is hard to find." Despite radical feminist mockery of the very idea of "manliness," that men are natural sexual predators, most women, with very few exceptions, still want one. Published April 4, 2018

Antidote for DC Poison Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trying the Golden Rule in Washington

So much turmoil. So much chaos. So much cynicism in Washington and everywhere else. "Divide" is the name of the game. Everyone is in a fighting mode. The most dramatic (and ludicrous) image of the week was the idea of Donald Trump and Joe Biden boasting how they could punch each other out, as if they were heavyweight boxers prepping for the 'thrilla in Manila" or "the rumble in the jungle." Published March 28, 2018