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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 Queen Elizabeth by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A royal tale with a lesson for our time

Watching "The Crown" in the reign of Trump is a trip into British nostalgia, leaving an American viewer with mixed feelings about the monarchy, the institution Americans loathed and left behind with a revolution of arms. Published January 3, 2018

Illustration on the connection of Christians and Jews through religious holidays by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Drawing closer as the culture flies apart

'Tis the season to be merry, and this is a season when we need a little merriment. This year the passage of time between two holidays of the spirit, Hanukkah and Christmas, is a short passage, focusing attention once more on the Judeo-Christian moorings of America. Every year we honor the ways Christians and Jews appeal to what they hold in common in the exhortations of the season. Published December 20, 2017

Illustration on changing mores of love and sex by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why we can't let the creeps write the rules

Maybe we need a fresh perspective. Everybody regards harassers as creeps. We're watching them fall on their swords of necessity and regret, as much for being caught for what they've actually done. Some of the rest of us, however, are acting a little too much like Madame Defarge in Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities," knitting with contented delight as the heads of the guilty and innocent drop from the guillotine. Published December 13, 2017

Illustration of Elizabeth Warren by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pow Wow politics at Harvard Yard

Donald Trump thinks of himself as the comedian-in-chief reprising Elizabeth Warren as the butt of his pointed political satire. To her consternation, he draws chuckles if not guffaws calling the Massachusetts senator "Pocahontas," the celebrated squaw of early American history, needling her for inventing Cherokee ancestors just to claim a diversification slot on the Harvard faculty. "Fake ancestry," he might call it. Published December 6, 2017

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle    Associated Press photo

The welcome relief of a royal fairy tale

What a relief! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle -- young, romantic, endearing in their mythic appeal -- replace the old, aggressive harassers with paunch, thinning hair and sagging lecherous facial lines. There's happy news amidst the cheap and fake. Published November 29, 2017

Illustration on Thanksgiving by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Gathering together to ask the Lord's blessing'

We gather together" are the three little words that set the theme for family and friends joining in the celebration of Thanksgiving. The words that follow -- "to ask the Lord's blessing" -- are not from an American hymn, but from the gratitude of an unknown author set to 16th century Dutch music. The lyrics put down roots in America as a unifier, and were particularly popular during World War II when our enemies were recognized as "wicked oppressors" and the nation was united against evil. Published November 22, 2017

Illustration on the sexual vulgarization of the American culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the cheap and dirty loses its punch

In the high-tech world of social media, where fake news thrives with the real, we've become a nation of voyeurs and eavesdroppers. Consuming the salacious is the guilty pleasure. We see and overhear a broad range of sordid comings and goings, what we used to describe quaintly as "dirty," in the vocabularies that were once reserved for private conversations between close friends, too embarrassing for general discussion. Published November 15, 2017

Illustration of Harvey Weinstein by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sexual harassment just ain't what it used to be

Harvey Weinstein, who governed from the casting couch as the Stalinist emperor of Hollywood, is toppled now, done in by regiments of women who came forward with endless tales of malignant abuse. The man who made the movies worthy of 300 Oscar nominations, a man regarded in Hollywood as coming in "just after Steven Spielberg and right before God," may go on trial that could cost him his freedom. Rarely has success receded so swiftly. Published November 8, 2017

Illustration on Alex Bregman's great-grandfather, Bo Bregman, and the heritage behind Alex's baseball career by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Tis the season for baseball dreams

I grew up in a baseball family, enjoying Daddy's season tickets on the third-base line at Griffith Stadium. Washington's team then was the Senators -- "Washington, first in war, first in peace and last in the American League." Now Washington has a championship-caliber team, never last, and I rooted passionately this year for a Nationals-Astros World Series, and for a very personal reason. Published November 1, 2017

Illustration on Hillary's new troubles by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the hunters become the hunted

Nothing succeeds like success, so the conventional wisdom goes, but in politics, as a skeptic (of nearly everything) of my acquaintance is fond of reminding me, nothing recedes like success. Published October 25, 2017

Illustration on the growing accusations against men as a group for sexual misconduct by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Young men's lives matter, too

Everybody despises Harvey. Usually by this time in the public pursuit of a villain the scoundrel begins to attract a little undeserved sympathy. Not this time. The accusers keep on coming, with the passion of Emile Zola famously accusing the French government of hounding Alfred Dreyfus -- "J' accuse!" -- only because he was a Jew. Published October 18, 2017

Illustrationon the lecherous culture of Hollywood by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A great movie but a lousy life

What is it about these pathetic men with a paunch who imagine their looks and libidos are immortal, and think their excuse for manliness continues to attract sweet young flesh? You might ask some of the women. Published October 11, 2017

Illustration on Saudi women being legally allowed to drive by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A death and a driver's license

Hugh Hefner dies at 91 and women in Saudi Arabia get royal permission to drive a car. These two markers separated by continents and cultures, one in the West and the other in the East, dramatically reflect the changing ways men and women relate to each other. Published October 4, 2017

Illustration on the decline of unity and harmony in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Welcome to the Divided States of America

Now we're "the Divided States of America." Or maybe the "Untied" States of America, with a suitable new slogan, "In Mammon We Trust." Tribalism trumps unity. Gone is the idealism of e pluribus unum, "out of many, one." The melting pot, which united us for so long by blending differences, is banished to the trash. Published September 27, 2017

Illustration on Hillary Clinton by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The woman scorned, opening old sores

Feminist politics turned a corner with the final defeat of Hillary Clinton. You can feel it in and between the lines of her blame-game book, "What Happened." The exuberance of her supporters, which buoyed her in the campaign to elect the first woman president, has dissipated. All she has left is a memoir of an angry woman, raging that her time has passed, that the abundant fruit of opportunity that fell from the family tree was crushed beyond hopes of redemption and there's nothing left to put in a new bottle but old whine. Published September 13, 2017

Illustration on the continuing rarification and isolation of the American academic world by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The strange thing that happened to America

America got lost on the way to the 21st century. Many Americans lost pride in being American, and no longer cherish the rigors of the First Amendment, which gives pride of place to freedom of speech. This didn't happen in one generation, though the baby boomers, born after the soldiers came marching home in triumph in 1945, grew up nursing grievance. This led to crucial changes in attitude, and succeeding generations felt empowered by rebellion. Published September 6, 2017

A superstar in Donald Trump's Cabinet

Donald Trump has a skill for recruiting Cabinet officers he has treated badly. Serving in his administration can require selfless devotion to duty. Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, could tell you about that. So could Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations who is swiftly becoming the Cabinet superstar. Published August 30, 2017

A scene from the motion picture "Dunkirk."

Why 'Dunkirk' is the hit of the summer

"Dunkirk" is the movie hit of summer, particularly with the millennials who may even absorb a modicum of history with the spectacle. Published August 30, 2017