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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 the politically divided society by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Testing tolerance in the new pop culture

Pop culture once offered a needed respite from politics and the expression of personal opinion that becomes public invective. It was easy to escape into music and movies to pursue pleasure beyond the reach of "the real world." Published February 15, 2017

Lady Gaga performing at the halftime show for Superbowl 51     Associated Press photo

Halftime at the Super Bowl

Halftime at the Super Bowl, once merely a forgettable 30 minutes to get another beer or join the line at the restroom, is more entertaining now. Halftime at the Super Bowl sometimes gets different reviews from different generations. But this year everyone could find something to be dazzled by in Lady Gaga's terrific patriotic pop. Published February 8, 2017

Illustration on the Trump order temporarily barring immigrants from seven nations with Islamic terrorist activity by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the truth is 'twisted by knaves'

It's hard to "keep your head when all about you are losing theirs," as Rudyard Kipling reminded us in his poem of simple homilies that every school child once put to memory. It's all about holding your own counsel, thinking hard, using your brain, and keeping your cool when bombarded with the fashions and whims of others. Kipling, a Nobel laureate of the late 19th century, was banished from the modern canon, naturally, as terminally politically incorrect. Published February 1, 2017

Illustration on statistics and the women's vote in 2016 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Telling the post-truth with alternative facts

When Kellyanne Conway used the phrase "alternative facts" engaging in a verbal fistfight with Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press," the hysterics in the media saw the sky falling. (Chicken Little lives.) George Orwell's "1984" flew off library shelves as the millions ran to see what "newspeak" and "doublethink" were all about. (Or not.) Published January 25, 2017

Angels Coming Together Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The 'better angels' under siege

One circus closes, another comes to town. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, "the greatest show on Earth," is striking the big top for good, and has sent its elephants -- who looked like they enjoyed the attention -- to an assisted-living home for pachyderms. But the elephant lives on T-shirts, hats, caps and banners decorating the nation's capital this week. Published January 18, 2017

Olden Golden Whine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pouring new whine in old battles

Women are angry, this time at Donald Trump. But they're mad about a lot of other things, too. They've come a long way, baby, but a lot of them don't like what they see over their shoulders as they look back into the future. I'm not talking about the women's march on Washington on the day after the Donald becomes the 45th president of all of us. Published January 11, 2017

America's Home Sweet Home Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The intellectual argument for the Trump presidency

Everyone's wondering just what kind of president Donald Trump will make. Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, Tories and Whigs (there must be a few of them still tucked away somewhere) who are still talking to each other, have embraced timid and tentative expectations. Published January 4, 2017

Illustration on Obama's betrayal of Israel by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

The unkindest cut of all, right in the back

If Israel were a nation in human form, like Uncle Sam or Marianne, the feminine symbol of France, long, bloody knives would be protruding from both back and breast. Published December 28, 2016

Russian Ties to the Clintons Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Putin and Trump, a very odd couple

Vladimir Putin is portrayed by "Saturday Night Live" as a bare-chested Santa Claus, sliding down the chimney with a sack full of presents, a muscle-bound energetic figure of fun. He delivers a small surveillance device shaped like an elf for a shelf to Donald Trump (played by Alec Baldwin), who is ripe for satire. When the president-elect apologizes for not having a gift in return, the Russian leader replies, "Please, Mr. Trump, you are the gift." Published December 21, 2016

Illustration on the Trump interview process for cabinet appointments by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'You're fired! becomes 'you're hired!'

On his television reality show, "The Apprentice," viewers could see that Donald Trump took a certain pleasure in saying, "You're fired!" Those are the two saddest words any employee can hear. But that's the way high-stakes business is played, and every CEO knows the importance of keeping the best performers in the company and getting rid of the chaff. Published December 14, 2016

Illustration by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Whole lot of shakin' goin' on

The little red school house, famous in the lore of the early days of the republic, is long gone, but the memory of it is a nostalgic reminder of how the education of children was once the responsibility of the town. As public education has grown into extensive public school systems in towns big and small, the schoolhouse is no longer the source of civic pride. Published December 7, 2016

A selection of first ladies      The Washington Times

Discarding the idea of a first lady

The role of first lady is out of date, an anachronism and benign nepotism at best. At worst it's an unelected appendage to the president. In Trump time, when all assumptions are subject to revision, the time is right to think again about the ultimate "wife of." Published November 30, 2016

The Broadway cast of 'Hamilton' breaks the fourth wall for Mike Pence

'That's what Freedom sounds like'

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing, to hasten and chasten our will to partake of turkey and the fruits of the field as we imagine the pilgrims did at their first Thanksgiving in 1621. We actually know little of their menu and it may not please the traditionalists or the squeamish to learn that the early settlers were also keen on dining on swan, crane and even eagle. Published November 23, 2016

Illustration on the gender gap in terms of education by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Massacre at Gender Gap

When the term Gender Gap was coined several decades ago it sounded like something from a playful movie satire set in the Old West. Gender Gap gained prominence in the language of politics when Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980 with 55 percent of male voters and just 47 percent of the women. Published November 16, 2016

Hillary Clinton pauses while speaking in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, where she conceded her defeat to Republican Donald Trump after the hard-fought presidential election.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

When fantasy has nothing on real life

If Tuesday were a novel, or even a dream, we could finish the last page and put the book down, to wake up to realize the book included no literal truth, that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton had been elected president of the United States. Published November 9, 2016

Illustration on the coarsening of public discourse by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The corruption of the public conversation

The political conversation had been deteriorating long before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump opened their remarkable slanging match, but in the past few weeks the campaign has hit rock bottom in both style and content. Published November 2, 2016

Illustration on the decline of reading among boys by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Readin' and writin,' but not for boys

Reading is not for sissies, as the front page of the newspaper demonstrates every morning in the homestretch of a raucous presidential campaign. But there's a deeper problem that civility and good manners won't cure. Published October 26, 2016

Illustration on presidential character and reputation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When character is in season

"Reputation is the shadow," Abraham Lincoln said, "and character is the tree." Published October 19, 2016

Illustration on the deplorable content of the 2016 presidential campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The presidential candidates we deserve

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are only an accurate reflection of our culture of vulgarity and hypocrisy. Both of them. They're the candidates we asked for. The country may not deserve them, but we the people do. Published October 12, 2016

Illustration on the 2016 presidential campaign by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Harsh and mean, but it's business as usual

Every four years we get not only a presidential election, but a ferocious debate over how we elect the president. Is this really the best way to elect the leader of the United States and, by default, the leader of the free world? Must we be satisfied with campaigns that become carnivals of trash and trivia? Published October 5, 2016