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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

The sun rises over Oxon Cove Park and is reflected in a Potomac River estuary in Oxon Hill. Water quality in the Potomac was already bad and has grown worse in the past five years, a Potomac Conservancy report said Thursday. (Associated Press)

FIELDS: Poetry on the Potomac

A poet laureate comes to Washington. Yawn. In the world capital of the sound and fury that often signifies not very much, the disciplined sentiments of a poet sound as alien as a tax cut for millionaires. Published January 10, 2013

Illustration Politics by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Faking it in art and politics

Here's a resolution for one and all as we slide down the fiscal cliff (or not): Beware of fakery in popular places. Fakery, particularly in culture both high and low, bubbles up from the media, affecting the way we see everything, even, for example, politics. Published December 26, 2012

The Kennicott Bible, described as "the most lavishly illuminated Hebrew bible to survive from medieval Spain."

FIELDS: Illumination from medieval manuscripts

It hasn't been an easy year, decade or early century for organized religion. Books by atheists proliferate, some meaner than others. Fewer men and women attend church or synagogue services. Published December 19, 2012

Illustration Insourcing Jobs by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: 'Insourcing' to America

The prospect of hanging, as Samuel Johnson observed, "concentrates the mind wonderfully." We're counting on that kind of concentration to keep us from falling off the infamous "fiscal cliff." Published December 12, 2012

Illustration Marrying the Government by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Tying the knot with Big Daddy

My son, age 42, finally married. His bride walked down a red carpet with rose petals scattered by his 8-year-old twin nieces to join a cantor who sang the Jewish blessings under a chuppah, a canopy held by a man on each corner, in a quasi-traditional wedding ceremony. Published December 5, 2012

FIELDS: Lincoln re-examined

Every schoolchild with enough smarts and curiosity to get beyond the latest "Call of Duty" video game ought to go see the movie "Lincoln," and check out the references and his own attention span. It requires patience, but it shows through dramatic action how a self-taught rustic from the deep backwoods had the emotional and intellectual discipline to overcome poverty and grow up to be a president to rank among the greatest. Published November 28, 2012

Illustration Data Turkey by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Big data becomes Big Daddy

Every four years the seating arrangement at the Thanksgiving table becomes especially sensitive. The presidential election is recent history, but putting space between winners and losers can be crucial. Published November 21, 2012

** FILE ** This Feb. 2, 2012, file photo shows then-CIA Director David Petraeus testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Petraeus has resigned because of an extramarital affair.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

FIELDS: ‘Of Arms and the Man’

If Shakespeare were still with us, he would have found his Othello. Gen. David H. Petraeus is not the darkly handsome Moor of the Bard's tale, but a highly decorated officer of pallor, a nerdy-looking guy with a comb-over, but like the Moor he fuses monumental courage with human frailty. Public stature often stands on clay feet. It's the rest of us who put the marble sculpture of celebrity on its pedestal. Published November 14, 2012

Marcus Cicero

FIELDS: Winning campaign advice

"How to Win an Election" is a little primer, published by Princeton University Press, that flew out of bookstores just in time for Tuesday's election. The bright red cover reminded some older purchasers of Chairman Mao's famous "little red book" of a generation ago. Several hundred copies seem to have found their way to President Obama's election headquarters in Chicago. Published November 7, 2012

Film maker Michael Moore has created another TV commercial on behalf of the president, featuring potty-mouthed seniors

FIELDS: Obama's vulgar sexual politics

More than a century and a half ago, when early suffragettes fought to win the vote, they campaigned for equality as a source of independence and dignity, a means for a woman to stand equally with a man. The vote would uphold a woman's capacity to be fully human under the law, and from the law the culture would change. Published October 31, 2012

Illustration Romney's Boxing Gloves by John Camejo for The Washington Times

FIELDS: Rumbling toward a knockout

Reporters and pundits writing about politics and particularly presidential debates can't resist the metaphors of the ring. Why should they? The metaphors work. Published October 24, 2012

Women for Romney

FIELDS: Women see for whom the buck stops

There's a new woman voter out there. Empowered women are holding themselves to the same standard they hold men to, and it's showing up in the public opinion polls. Female concerns over the debt and the deficit, not the usual gender issues, have dramatically increased as the Nov. 6 election bears down upon us. Published October 17, 2012

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