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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 last remaining days of the 2016 campaign by Linus Garsys/The Washington Times

'Hurry up, please, it's time'

T.S. Eliot only thought April is the cruelest month. He didn't live long enough to sample the 2016 presidential campaign. Besides, he skipped the country to take up citizenship in England. Published September 7, 2016

Illustration on the mind behind American higher education by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Higher education, beyond parody

The University of Chicago is an intellectually elite school that can make fun of its seriousness. The slogans on undergraduate T-shirts immortalize it as the school "Where fun comes to die," or "The level of hell Dante forgot." They're only half-joking. Published August 31, 2016

'Petticoat politics' is still a dangerous game

Sexual politics is always a slippery game. Democrats are salivating at the possibility of winning the White House with Hillary Clinton. They're enamored of the wide female gender gap in her favor. (Nobody says very much about the male gender gap running the other way.) Published August 24, 2016

Illustration on the long political summer of 2016 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The melancholy summer of '16

The crickets, whose melancholy chirping is always the knell of the sunniest season, sound particularly mournful this summer of '16. Published August 17, 2016

Illustration on identity politics and American cultural/political division by Linas GArsys/The Washington Times

When identity politics trump everything

Identity politics, which threatens to suffocate the body politic as the nation stumbles toward an election, takes a slice of a person's background, magnifies it as a perception of personality as if it lends significance to the whole person. Hyphenating Americans didn't start with blacks; there's an ancient tradition of Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans and Anglo-Americans and others separated by that persistent hyphen. Published August 10, 2016

Illustration on the power of a mother's grief by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Respect for a mother's love is rationed

"Greater love hath no man than this," the Bible tells us, "that a man lay down his life for his friends." Surely none hath a greater sacrifice than the woman who lays down the life of her son for his country. On that, even in these parlous and precarious times riven by strife, anger and irreconcilable conflict, we can all surely agree, and pay honor and tribute to such a woman. Published August 3, 2016

Illustration on the changing weapons used in the war between the sexes by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Changing at the speed of light

Sexual politics continues to change at the speed of light. Some men get it, others don't. Among those who don't is Roger Ailes, who thought he could continue to star in an episode of "Mad Men" long after the sitcom and the era it represented passed its sell-by date. Published July 27, 2016

Illustration on the excess brought out in partisans at election time by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Where fools rush in

Presidential campaigns bring out the best and the worst in the American partisan. The nominating conventions evoke exuberance and awe, excessive indulgence and sometimes even quiet dignity. Some speakers express humility and others parade a supercilious arrogance. Published July 20, 2016

Illustration on the future of robot policing by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Robots join the thin blue line

The surreal fact in the human tragedy in Dallas is that the evil sniper who slew five police officers was not finally killed by a fellow officer, but by a mechanical robot. This conjures science fiction images of killer robots deployed against man. It's not altogether reassuring. Published July 13, 2016

Eli Weisel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Mourning with a message

We weep for Eli Wiesel in his life. We mourn the loss of a man who lived the future in his past, fate and fame fused and burned permanently into the memory of a civilization that inflicted great suffering. Published July 6, 2016

Illustration on Trump's "National Populist" campaign theme by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Donald Trump's pudding with a theme

Everyone's looking for what Winston Churchill called a pudding with a theme. How did the likes of Donald Trump make it to the forefront of American politics? How did the British break their strong link with the Europeans just across the channel? The common denominator, so we're told, is "revolution, down with the elites, power to the people." Published June 29, 2016

Ensemble cast in a scene from the Broadway musical "Hamilton"

Hip-hop civics, as taught by Donald Trump and 'Hamilton'

Race matters, but it's not all that matters. That's the lesson of "Hamilton," the Broadway musical that "everyone" is pulling strings to see. (My 17-year-old grandson and I lucked out.) "Hamilton" teaches a little history, using rap and music as the sugar to make the history go down. Published June 22, 2016

Illustration on the blinkered, emotional reaction to the Pulse nightclub massacre by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When euphemism and evasion cover sin and evil

Tragedy brings out the best in people and the worst in people. When it's presented on stage we hold with Aristotle that it evokes pity, fear and the terrifying understanding that "there but for the grace of God, go I." Published June 15, 2016

Illustration on the Hillary/Trump main event by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The coming thrilla to chilla the cheap seats

Two of the most famous people in the world are running for president of the United States from different directions. Like Muhammad Ali at the height of his fame as the champ, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could knock on any door almost anywhere in the world and be recognized. Either might even be invited in for a cup of coffee. Published June 8, 2016

Illustration on the state of intellectual life on the nation's college campuses by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The curse of the college campus

The members of the Class of '20 know now who they are, or soon will be. They've made the final choice of what college they'll attend, they've sent off their security deposits, and now they're wondering what their next life will be like. Published June 1, 2016

Illustration on the absurdities of the 2016 election cycle by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A new lease for the Theater of the Absurd

The Theater of the Absurd was the vogue of the '60s, when the cry was "anything goes," and everything did. Characters on stage, usually larger than life, invited audiences to reflect on the comedy of human existence, to shock them out of the complacency of everyday life. Published May 25, 2016

Illustration on political attempts at solving national disunity by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Listening to the buzz

"Unity" is all the buzz among both Republicans and Democrats. Can unity, where everyone is finally happy with a settled argument, ever be achieved? If so, how? Mr. Dooley, humorist Peter Finley Dunne's fictional party regular, always took brass knuckles to a Democratic unity meeting. Published May 11, 2016

The Traps of the Presidential Race Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The search for wiggle room

Only yesterday Hillary Clinton was the beloved feminist destined to break through the glass ceiling over the Oval Office, there to triumphantly reprise the anthem of ferocious estrogen: "I am woman, hear me roar." Alas, the roar has become a nervous squeak in the wake of her not-so-terrific Tuesday in Indiana. Published May 4, 2016

The Battle of New Orleans

Honor for a heroine without dishonoring a hero

The inquiring mind of a young friend of mine, a junior at a Washington high school, wants to know: "What's the meaning of moving Andrew Jackson to the back of the $20 bill?" He doesn't discount the achievements of Harriet Tubman, celebrated in classrooms from kindergarten on. Published April 27, 2016