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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 young people in the age of social media information by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Digitally savvy' and at the mercy of media fakers

When President Trump defended his use of social media as not simply "presidential" but "modern day presidential," he had a point. If George Washington, John Adams or Thomas Jefferson wanted to get a personal message duplicated for the public to read, it took at least 24 hours to get it printed (even when their friends owned the presses.) Published July 12, 2017

Illustration on patriotism and nationalism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When nationalism is a worthy twin of patriotism

Barack Obama's speech in Indonesia, warning of "an aggressive kind of nationalism," has drawn both criticism and applause, depending on the politics of who was listening, but it ignited a useful and needed debate on the actual meaning of "nationalism." Published July 5, 2017

Illustration on the current mixed feelings over our national heritage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beautiful for a patriot's dream

Approaching the first Fourth of July in the time of Trump, a holiday Americans also call "Independence Day," it's hard to find much independent thinking. Polarized rages and rants follow red and blue patterns of division, deepening the fragmentation of national unity and making patriotic pride suspect. Verbal fireworks are today's "bombs bursting in air." Published June 28, 2017

Illustration on the cultural importance of Shakespeare and his play, 'Julius Caesar'              The Washington Times

Donald Trump Julius Caesar mockery reduces Shakespeare

Whether the famous dead Roman is a look-alike for Donald Trump, with a blond comb-over and a long red tie, a cool black dude in a tailored suit suggesting Barack Obama, or a 1930s Orson Welles with a Sam Browne belt resembling Benito Mussolini, the character has captured the imagination of public and players since Shakespeare wrote it more than four centuries ago. Published June 21, 2017

On Nov. 11, 1989, East German border guards are seen through a gap in the Berlin Wall after demonstrators pulled down a segment of the wall at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

When the Berlin Wall began to crack

Thirty years ago this week Ronald Reagan stood up on a podium in what was then West Berlin, framed by the Brandenburg Gate behind him. Through a thick sheet of bulletproof glass, he gazed at the ugly concrete symbol of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, and addressed the most famous words of his presidency to Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader of the Soviet empire: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." Published June 14, 2017

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman flies to a safe space

Finding a safe space, where never is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day, obviously has a wide appeal. Safe spaces were born on the campus, to accommodate "snowflakes," the sensitive, fearful and fragile folk who imagine themselves unique and demand to be treated that way. Published June 7, 2017

Illustration on the attack on the American Revolution and founding by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'We could all have been Canadians'

Liberal hysteria over Donald Trump was hardly required to pose questions about "the patriotic myths" of the Founding Fathers, but his elevation to the Oval Office has accelerated the trashing of the heroic past, even the stories of the American Revolution that generations of school children cherished. Published May 31, 2017

Illustration on the need for Arab states to deal with Islamist terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A harsh message worth sending

Just when everyone here was deep in preoccupation with partisan fantasy over whether Donald Trump should be impeached or removed by the 25th Amendment, the president changed the subject. Presidents can do that. Published May 24, 2017

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, top left, pauses while speaking to the press, at the end of a press conference where he announced measures intended to protect journalists, in Mexico City, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Pena said he is taking actions to halt slayings of journalists, without giving specifics, and promised more resources to help those under threat. Past measures have been ineffective in stopping the bloodshed among the country's media workers. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

When the press plays 'gotcha,' nobody wins

It's a difficult time to be proud of everything about America. The president is vilified from all sides (some criticism deserved, some not), and what's difficult to defend is the democratic process as we've used it to produce both the likes of Donald Trump and the press that rushes like lemmings to judgment. Published May 17, 2017

Illustration on Mother's Day by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Honor thy mother as thyself

Mother's Day ain't what it used to be. (Apologies to Mom for using a word she hated.) The day set aside to obey half of the Biblical commandment to "Honor thy father and thy mother" is grounded root and branch in multi-culti faith, whose diverse goals do not always have much to do with motherhood. Published May 10, 2017

Illustration on the exits of Bill O'Reilly and Lena Dunham by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lessons from an antique fogie and the plump vulgarian

Bill O'Reilly, the opinionator, is out at Fox, and Lena Dunham of "Girls," the sitcom, ended a six-year run at HBO. The two events are not unrelated. They're bookends for the ways men and women relate to each other. Published May 3, 2017

Illustration on the Clinton campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

How Hillary doomed her 'inevitable presidency'

While we're examining the accomplishments of Donald Trump's first 100 days -- putting his man on the U.S. Supreme Court is the biggie -- Hillary Clinton is getting the once-over (and the second and third) for all the reasons why she's not the first woman to preside over her own first 100 days in the Oval Office. Published April 26, 2017

Theresa May (The Washington Times illustration)

With unexpected crackle and snap, Theresa May becomes Theresa Will

Prime Minister Theresa May is giving herself a new identity. Suddenly she's no longer "Theresa Maybe," showing her mettle by moving toward Margaret Thatcher's politics of the bold and unexpected. She still has a way to go to transform that mettle into the steel of the Iron Lady, but she may be on her way. Published April 19, 2017

Illustration on the pregnancy problem in the U.S. Navy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Love Boats sail again

Women can do most things as well as men. Almost nobody any longer disputes that. Women can do some things better than men. Many women thought Donald Trump as president would be a disaster for the final female assault on the glass ceiling. It hasn't turned out quite that way, and women, such as Nikki Haley and Betsy DeVos, have been stars of his new administration. Published April 12, 2017

Nikki Haley    The Washington Times

The new sheriff at the U.N.

The new sheriff at the United Nations is stylish in heels but not so stylish in attitude, and the delegate lounges haven't been the same since Nikki Haley arrived almost three months ago. Published April 5, 2017

Illustration on the realities of gender difference by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sex, gender, confusion and distraction

Sex and gender are serious subjects, but academics, pundits and the pop media have so stretched their meanings to use as weapons of political persuasion that the words sometimes don't mean very much. Communication becomes confusion and distraction. Published March 29, 2017

Illustration on the Class of '21 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Class of '21, in hot pursuit of their Brave New World

The college Class of '21 is racing with caught breath and trembling fingers to check their email, pick up their snail mail, and steel themselves to read those college acceptance and rejection letters. Many schools have already dispatched congrats and regrets to thousands of applicants, and the Ivies still have a week to go before they put their letters in the mail. Published March 22, 2017

Illustration on campus culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the violent campus reflects a sordid culture

Middlebury College, a symbol of violent rioting in the name of tolerance, is easy to scorn and disdain. Nice boys and girls, sons and daughters of nice moms and dads, get caught acting out on intolerant impulses, and a "disturbance" sends a professor to the hospital. (At Ole Miss this would be called a "riot.") Published March 15, 2017

Illustration on radical feminist impact on women by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A day without a militant feminist

Donald Trump has been a boon for angry women. He excites their troops, animates their causes no matter how diffuse, and in turn the ladies have turned him into a pinata, a uuuuge target for thwacking. With his coarse verbal machismo, he has become a greater-than-lifesize quarry for blaming "the man." Published March 8, 2017

Illustration on President Trump as the focus of anger by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The pivot in the Age of Anger

Donald Trump has been president for only a little more than a month, and writers, pundits, commentators and the rest of us are exhausted trying to get a grip on the insults, epithets, laments and grievances that define the times. Published March 1, 2017