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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

President Donald Trump and Tony Soprano     The Washington Times

What would Tony Soprano think of Donald Trump?

Tony Soprano is back, in the media if not in prime time. In the year of the Superhero, the anti-hero is old news, but the ghost of the mob boss of "The Sopranos," the end of the '90s blockbuster, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere. "The Sopranos" was a true cultural and political icon, and Tony has been summoned from the grave to talk about what he would think about Donald Trump as the president. Published January 16, 2019

Illustration on the increasing coarseness of the American woman by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When braying is the work of asses who can't kick

A sexual revolution, like a political resolution, goes through unexpected change between rebellion and triumph. Consider the two big political explosions among women in the previous century. We're still counting up the collateral damage, along with a victory or two. Published January 9, 2019

A still from the film 'Roma'        Esperanto Filmoj

A truthful tale told without politics

Weary of being hit over the head with political righteousness, self-centered virtue, and glib judgments delivered left and right with arrogance and self-satisfaction? Tired of hearing about "us" versus "them," the nobles against the deplorables? Sick of being encouraged to sneer at "the other," whether Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, capitalist or socialist, anyone who disagrees with you on just about anything and is eager to tell you about it? Published January 2, 2019

Anger Management During the Holidays Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Looking forward in anger

'Tis the season to be angry. The president is angry at the Democrats for not allocating enough money to build the border wall. The Democrats are angry at the president for wanting one. Published December 26, 2018

Illustration on 3metoo and the culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

McPrude and the rites of love

Now #MeToo is about to become MePrude. Those villainous men who took advantage of power and position to stalk women at work and home have bequeathed a legacy of poison, and it's killing innocent flirtation. The latest casualty is a playful song about playful romance, the reluctance of young lovers to call it a night after an evening of delicious courtship. Published December 19, 2018

Horace Greeley

All the sound and fury called news

This has been a rough year for news junkies. Today the abundance of sources enables massaging the news to fit personal prejudices and predispositions. It's the famous slogan of The New York Times, "All the news that's fit to print" distorted to "All the news that fits our bias, we print." Published December 12, 2018

Illustration of George H.W. Bush by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A week for celebrating history, tragedy, comedy

This was the week when life made a good imitation of theater. Shakespeare would have found abundant drama, enough to inspire new masterpieces of history, tragedy and comedy. Published December 5, 2018

Illustration ondifferences of opinion among women in the public eye by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When women march to different drummers

It's not exactly a cat fight, and even calling it that is a no-no. But certain lionesses of culture and politics are growling, hissing, spitting and scratching at each other. Some of the growls are fiercer than others, but there's anger aplenty. Published November 28, 2018

Illustration on the family foundations of Thanksgiving by ALexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Surviving tribal politics in the season of Thanksgiving

Years ago I framed an old family photograph and put it in a prominent place for Thanksgiving visitors to see. Four of us are elegantly posed by the photographer, taking ourselves oh-so-seriously for the family album. Published November 21, 2018

Hillary Clinton illustration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Is it reincarnation time again for Hillary?

A cat has nine lives. A woman sometimes has more than that. The feline of the species keeps coming up with surprises and you can see them most dramatically in politics. Hillary Clinton, for example, has been reincarnated more times than Shirley MacLaine, and she may be about to see whether the third time really does have the charm. Published November 14, 2018

Illustration on fallout from the Kavanaugh affair by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Kavanaugh shadow over the midterms

Brett Kavanaugh has been sitting on the U.S. Supreme Court for only a month, and the memory of his confirmation hearings cast a strong shadow over the Tuesday congressional elections. You could ask Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota or Joe Donnelly in Indiana. Several Democrats in competitive races who voted against his confirmation lost. Joe Manchin from West Virginia, the only Democrat who voted to confirm him, won. Published November 7, 2018

Illustration on ignoring anti-Semitism and violence against Jews by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The chosen people, chosen again

"In the middle of the twentieth century, in the heart of civilized Europe, a massive enterprise was manufacturing death on a large scale. Was the free world aware of what was going on? Surely not. Otherwise it would have done something to prevent such a massacre. That was the consoling thought the prisoners clung to in order to protect their unwavering faith in humanity. Had they heard that all the details and all the aspects of the 'Final Solution' were known to the White House, they would have sunk into despair and resignation. But they discovered the truth only after the war." Published October 31, 2018

Illustration on the coddled generation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Coddling the closed American mind

Every generation looks back at the one that follows and asks, "What went wrong?" The answers find multiple causes inside the family and outside in politics, offering fragmented and provocative insights into how we got to the America we live in today. Published October 17, 2018

Sen. Susan Collins Photo Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A voice above the din of hysteria

The latest lowest of the low in the public conversation was struck last week by the American Civil Liberties Union, for its television commercial of spliced together video clips of Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby denying their sexual transgressions, and linking them to Brett Kavanaugh, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose. Published October 10, 2018

Illustration on the Kavanaugh hysteria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Kavanaugh in the crucible

Brett Kavanaugh could play the lead in a new version of "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's celebrated play about an innocent man tested by the mob. The playwright was a man of the left, but his play reflects what can happen to a reputation anywhere when the dishonest unleashes poison. Published October 3, 2018

Suzanne Fields with her father, Samuel "Bo" Bregman.

The disappearing 'man's man blues'

My father was not very tall. But no man ever stood taller in my eyes than this particular Big Daddy. He was warm and playful, a man of character and the model for the men I would admire as I grew up. Daddy wasn't formally educated, having dropped out of school in the sixth grade after his mother and father, Jewish immigrants from Pinsk, told him he had to wear his older sister's hand-me-down shoes because they didn't have the money to buy him a pair of his own. He took a certain pride later in having graduated from the "school of hard knocks." Published September 26, 2018

Illustration on attacks on Brett Kavanaugh and the changing sexual culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Caught in the crossfire of cultural change

Brett Kavanaugh is now a moving target, a wounded stag emerging from a thick forest of hearings, interviews and the moral speculations of strangers. This man, nominated to be a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who only a few days ago enjoyed the respect of everyone, is caught now in the crossfire of changing attitudes about sex. Aggressive political manipulators smear him with unsubstantiated accusation that damages not only him but, as well, long-held traditions of justice and fair play. Published September 19, 2018

Ni Franklin, Miss America 2018

Miss America meets #MeToo

No bathing suits, but not bad. Miss America endures to play another year, this year with a winner from New York singing a lyrical aria from Puccini's "La Boheme." She tells with witty authenticity how she survived life in the Big Apple with true grit, moving five times from sublet to sublet as rents climbed up, up and away. Published September 12, 2018

Illustration on accusations of sexual misconduct on campuses by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The not so innocent 'damsel in distress'

The American male is caught in the maelstrom of cultural change. Once the heroic images of World War II faded from bright colors into the darker tones of sepia, "the greatest generation" began a slow fade into history. Barely 500,000 of the 16 million men who fought in World War II are now alive. What has followed the greatest are several "not so great generations" (including my own). Published September 5, 2018