Suzanne Fields from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 20 Jan 2019 06:23:37 -0800 Suzanne Fields from Creators Syndicate 0061c0137b00e2911b1b7edf6d011723 What Would Tony Soprano Think of Donald Trump? for 01/18/2019 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Tony Soprano is back, in the media if not in prime time. In the year of the superhero, the anti-hero is old news. But the ghost of the mob boss of "The Sopranos," the end-of-the-'90s blockbuster, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere. "The Sopranos" was a true cultural and political icon, and Tony has been summoned from the grave to talk about what he thinks about Donald Trump as the president.</p> <p>Tony was only a make-believe character, and he died (we think) in the series, but he would have had an opinion about President Trump, since everybody else does. So why not hear it?<p>Updated: Fri Jan 18, 2019</p> ad7ecd16bb66362b128ea27d84ab6807 When a Woman's Vulgarity Is Neither Brave Nor Bold for 01/11/2019 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A sexual revolution, like a political resolution, goes through unexpected change between rebellion and triumph. Consider the two big political explosions among women in the previous century. We're still counting the collateral damage, along with a victory or two.</p> <p>First came the suffragettes, who fought bravely until they finally won the right to vote. They first voted like their husbands, but over the years, men and women established differences in the voting booth. And then came the feminist revolution. Now one party is popularly called among pundits and political scientists "the Mommy Party" and the other "the Daddy Party." Lots of exceptions, of course, and we see now that ne'er the twain shall meet.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 11, 2019</p> b3e372adfaa92e8d508a14a924c3de6e A Truthful Tale Told Without Politics for 01/04/2019 Fri, 04 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Weary of being hit over the head with political righteousness, self-centered virtue and glib judgments delivered left and right with arrogance and self-satisfaction? Tired of hearing about "us" versus "them," the nobles against the deplorables? Sick of being encouraged to sneer at "the other," whether Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative, capitalist or socialist, anyone who disagrees with you on just about anything and is eager to tell you about it?</p> <p>Well, if you're craving a little complexity in the discussion, even a little civility, you might shut off social media and go to the movies.</p> <p>Cultural attitudes have generally suffered from the same divisions that affect political ones, but every so often an artist captures our humanity on screen &#8212; with all of its inconsistencies, virtues and sins, fortitudes and frailties &#8212; and refuses to deal in ideological stereotypes because each of us is more than a personification of an attitude, more than an idea abused by politics.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 04, 2019</p> 092180d5627cc48bb5af7ec213a52dfb Looking Forward in Anger for 12/28/2018 Fri, 28 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>'Tis the season to be angry. The president is angry at the Democrats for not allocating enough money to build the border wall. The Democrats are angry at the president for wanting one.</p> <p>Civil servants are angry at both parties for closing the government and putting thousands on furlough. We're all angry at Congress and the president for playing politics rather than paying attention to what's best for the country.</p> <p>Jim Mattis, secretary of defense, was so angry when the president said he would withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Syria that he delivered his letter of resignation to take effect at the end of February. The president was so angry when he read it that he made it effective on the first of January. <p>Updated: Fri Dec 28, 2018</p> 2346b181857c8f42ae07d5b096a7f5af When #MeToo Becomes #MePrude for 12/21/2018 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>#MeToo is about to become #MePrude. Those villainous men who took advantage of power and position to stalk women at work and home have bequeathed a legacy of poison, and it's killing innocent flirtation. The latest casualty is a playful song about playful romance, the reluctance of young lovers to call it a night after an evening of delicious courtship.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">When a radio station silences amour and it becomes a front-page story in The New York Times, it's clear we've gone from calling out sexual abuse to trivializing the rites of courting, reducing the interplay of wit and vamping to "celebration of date rape."</span> <p>Updated: Fri Dec 21, 2018</p> 14028d2c8b4ceac1689f82ddfe7ec9e0 When 'Misinformation' Is Named the Word of the Year for 12/14/2018 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>This has been a rough year for news junkies. Changing stations for network and cable-TV news reveals not coherence but alternative realities. It's easy to be confounded when caught in the middle of a muddle of polarizing differences, as social media spreads interpretations of the theology of what Flip Wilson, a popular comic of an earlier time, called the Church of What's Happening Now. Today, the abundance of sources enables the news to fit personal prejudices and predispositions. It's the famous slogan of The New York Times, "All the news that's fit to print," distorted to "All the news that fits our bias, we print."</p> <p>Television is the most obvious distorter of the news, but newspapers have their biases, too. Gone are most of the rigorous, careful editors of bygone generations. Abe Rosenthal, the celebrated executive editor of The New York Times, is long dead. Horace Greeley, founder of the dominant New York Tribune, is even longer dead. So, too, is Walter Cronkite, the authoritative anchor of the "CBS Evening News" whose stentorian voice soothed his audience during the Vietnam War with his signature sign-off, "And that's the way it is" &#8212; not always accurate but reassuring.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 14, 2018</p> 068f2fe36b2583749006fe012b42961c A Time out from Snark and Insult for 12/07/2018 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This was the week when life made a good imitation of theater. Shakespeare would have found abundant drama, enough to inspire new masterpieces of history, tragedy and comedy.</p> <p>The funeral that celebrated the life of George H.W. Bush brought out the best and the worst of our media-driven culture of snark and insult. The ceremonies at the Capitol and the National Cathedral, which showed a son, a former president, mourning his father, a former president, brought tears to many a spectator's eye. Some of the tears were for the passing of more than a man, of a kinder, gentler time as well.</p> <p>President Trump, whom hostile pundits went out of their way to demean with unartful and artificially contrived comparisons to the late president, showed dignity in honoring a man who had left word that he wanted Trump to be invited to his funeral. No. 41 wanted his countrymen in mourning to reflect on what every man and woman in the land hold dear, not our divisions.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 07, 2018</p> 317714fe5f5eada9628cf1e6d4c092ce When Women March to Different Drummers for 11/30/2018 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>It's not exactly a catfight, and even calling it that is a no-no. But certain lionesses of culture and politics are growling, hissing, spitting and scratching at one another. Some of the growls are fiercer than others, but there's anger aplenty.</p> <p>Barbra Streisand, the dowager songbird of Hollywood, is out promoting and hyping her new protest album, "Walls," and building walls of her own. She's making catty and condescending remarks about women who don't agree with her politics. Explaining Hillary Clinton's failure to break the glass ceiling in 2016, she falls back on the old complaint thrown at the suffragettes, that since women don't have minds of their own, they would just vote like their husbands, so who needs them? </p> <p>"A lot of women vote the way their husbands vote," Streisand told the London Daily Mail, explaining why Donald Trump won. "They don't believe enough in their own thoughts." Adding insult to intimidation, she further explained that Clinton, "so articulate, so experienced and so fit for the presidency, was too intimidating." It's hard to unpack her logic, but she's accusing women voters of not only being unable to think for themselves but also being driven by their emotions and feelings of inferiority. Where have we heard that before? She just doesn't understand why every woman doesn't think like she does.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 30, 2018</p> 53ecccd45b322417ddabbd26d4c1567e Surviving Tribal Politics in the Season of Thanksgiving for 11/23/2018 Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Years ago, I framed an old family photograph and put it in a prominent place for Thanksgiving visitors to see. Four of us are elegantly posed by the photographer, taking ourselves oh-so-seriously for the family album.</p> <p>The younger generations gathered around the table to see their parents and grandparents at a younger stage of their lives, which they could scarcely imagine. The portrait &#8212; in black and white, no less &#8212; was made for posterity, not just a fleeting Instagram. Daddy and my brother were solemn in their best dark suits with a white handkerchief in their breast pockets, and my mother and I were showing off a notion of what we hoped was stylish sophistication. Like mother, like daughter.</p> <p>Such a photograph, with a handsome patriarch and breadwinner at the head of the family and a beautiful woman as second in command, predated second-stage feminism. Today, this traditional family portrait is caught in a cultural time warp. It was the backstory of the jest that the matriarch made the little decisions in the family, such as where they went on vacation and what they had for dinner, and the patriarch made the important decisions, such as whether they should recognize Red China.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 23, 2018</p> 00e11e6808e39ed4e56704ecf4645a2d Is it Reincarnation Time Again for Hillary? for 11/16/2018 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A cat has nine lives. A woman sometimes has more than that. The feline species keeps coming up with surprises, and you can see them most dramatically in politics. Hillary Clinton, for example, has been reincarnated more times than Shirley MacLaine, and she may be about to see whether the third time really is the charm.</p> <p>When the former first lady, former senator, former secretary of state, former candidate for president &#8212; former just about everything &#8212; was asked a couple of weeks ago if she wants to run for the highest office in the land again, she said no but with a caveat: "Well, I'd like to be president." This was followed up quickly by an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by two former advisers, who say not only will she run but she will also reinvent herself back to the future that looks a lot like the past, "back to the universal-health-care-promoting progressive firebrand of 1994." Oh my. That looks like a winner.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 16, 2018</p> f1deec227b7c67c4a2079a1445457aa3 Kavanaugh's Shadow Over the Midterms for 11/09/2018 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Brett Kavanaugh has been sitting on the Supreme Court for only a month, and the memory of his confirmation hearings cast a strong shadow over the Tuesday congressional elections. You could ask Sens. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota or Joe Donnelley in Indiana. Several Democrats in competitive races who voted against his confirmation lost. Sen. Joe Manchin from West Virginia, the only Democrat who voted to confirm him, won.</p> <p>Sen. Lindsay Graham, a Republican of South Carolina, says one of the reasons Republicans retained control of the Senate was because of the "despicable" way Democrats treated Kavanaugh. </p> <p>The outrage was hard to hear over the din of election news, but the Senate Judiciary Committee has challenged the feminist mantra that every woman who goes public with a sexual assault claim should be believed. Judy Munro-Leighton, who threw an accusation of rape against Justice Kavanaugh into the mix, now says it was all a lie (and plagiarized besides), done to derail his nomination and bring attention for herself.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 09, 2018</p> 1f1423bb12fdb47333c9e2e316f8aeb9 The Chosen People, Chosen Again for 11/02/2018 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>BY SUZANNE FIELDS</p> <p>RELEASE: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018</p> <p><p>Updated: Mon Nov 05, 2018</p> f9d5ac9df99217951e72676001e852fd You've Come a Long Way, Mr. Baby for 10/26/2018 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's a thought: Donald Trump may be more of a feminist than Hillary Clinton.</p> <p>He treats men and women equally when he's attacked. He punches with words and aims for the knockout, sometimes below the belt, even when his opponent is the lightweight at the block party and lacks a commander in chief's weapons to fight back.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 26, 2018</p> 640e42d5317708476820a6515d9773d3 Coddling the Closed American Mind for 10/19/2018 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Every generation looks back at the one that follows and asks, "What went wrong?" The answers find multiple causes inside the family and outside in politics, offering fragmented and provocative insights into how we got to the America we live in today.</p> <p>World War II veterans, for example, returned home to enjoy the values they thought they had fought to preserve, and the generation they spawned radically changed all that. "Make love not war" brought on a rebellious hedonism among baby boomers protesting the Vietnam War, inflicting collateral damage in the mores and manners held dear by their parents. The "Spock-marked generation," as some parents called their offspring in the 1960s, was indulged by the permissive parenting prescribed in the baby-care book by Dr. Benjamin Spock that became a bible for inexperienced parents.</p> <p>Whether by toilet training or permissiveness, perspectives changed. <p>Updated: Fri Oct 19, 2018</p> a2e538366841ce57a91f09a4f2528c64 A Voice Above the Din of Hysteria for 10/12/2018 Fri, 12 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The latest lowest of the low in public conversation was struck last week by the American Civil Liberties Union, for its television commercial of spliced-together video clips of former President Bill Clinton and Bill Cosby denying their sexual transgressions and linking them to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein and Charlie Rose.</p> <p>The ACLU's stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the country by the Constitution and laws of the United States," and not so long ago, the ACLU was regarded as one of the brave guardians of free speech and civil liberties, including the right to the presumption of innocence until proved guilty. But now the organization, which once stood alone if necessary to resist the hysteria that gives birth to a mob, now slides into the muck of the mob. "In Gotcha We Trust" is hardly an inspiring slogan.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 12, 2018</p> 245ae6b7ca32b2c2b8b3b46ec7fa6ac8 Kavanaugh in the Crucible for 10/05/2018 Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Brett Kavanaugh could play the lead in a new version of "The Crucible," Arthur Miller's celebrated play about an innocent man tested by the mob. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The playwright was a man of the left, but his play reflects what can happen to a reputation anywhere when the dishonest unleash poison.</span></p> <p>It's about outrage at the terror created by "subjective reality" when applied without evidence or proof. It's about the personal savagery that can take over a decent society that becomes an unthinking mob out to destroy a decent man in the name of morality.<p>Updated: Fri Oct 05, 2018</p> 47451d749a75f9d7b845ee4e6aa8b8b7 The Disappearing 'Man's Man Blues' for 09/28/2018 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My father was not very tall. But no man ever stood taller in my eyes than this particular Big Daddy. He was warm and playful, a man of character and the model for the men I would admire as I grew up. Daddy wasn't formally educated, having dropped out of school in the sixth grade after his mother and father, Jewish immigrants from Pinsk, Belarus, told him he had to wear his older sister's hand-me-down shoes because they didn't have the money to buy him a pair of his own. He took a certain pride later in having graduated from the "school of hard knocks."</p> <p>He was a man of his times, describing himself as a "man's man." He became a sportsman, hanging out with the sports writers of the considerable number of newspapers in Washington, D.C. He promoted a world heavyweight championship at Griffith Stadium in 1942 between Joe Louis and Buddy Baer. According to contemporary feminist thinking, he was a male chauvinist who believed that men should earn the bread and women should bake it.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 28, 2018</p> 1a272c26c77f265acbd191c22f20b0f9 Kavanaugh Caught in the Crossfire of Cultural Change for 09/21/2018 Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Brett Kavanaugh is now a moving target, a wounded stag emerging from a thick forest of hearings, interviews and the moral speculations of strangers. This man, nominated to be a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, enjoyed the respect of everyone only a few days ago and is now caught in the crossfire of changing attitudes about sex. Aggressive political manipulators smear him with unsubstantiated accusation that damages not only him but long-held traditions of justice and fair play as well.</p> <p>Few subjects invite moral preening, absolute judgments, exaggeration, lies and fuzzy memories like the subject of sex. Fact or fiction, sex is a subject tailored to titillate, humiliate or denigrate. Controversy over the law is more important in disputes like the Kavanaugh nomination, but the law is usually boring. Sex never is.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 21, 2018</p> 4b3f8342820386c9ad3ad43f97bf1d20 Miss America Meets #MeToo for 09/14/2018 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>No bathing suits, but not bad. Miss America endures to play another year, this year with a winner from New York singing a lyrical aria from Puccini's "La Boheme." She tells with witty authenticity how she survived life in the Big Apple with true grit, moving five times from sublet to sublet as rents climbed up, up and away.</p> <p>No Barbie doll is she, but a modern urban dweller with ambition in the arts.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 14, 2018</p> a279648dccb6f5ef80e7378e9487dc67 The Not-So-Innocent 'Damsel in Distress' on Campus for 09/07/2018 Fri, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The American male is caught in the maelstrom of cultural change. Once the heroic images of World War II faded from bright colors into the darker tones of sepia, "the greatest generation" began a slow fade into history. Barely 500,000 of the 16 million men who fought in World War II are now alive. What has followed the greatest are several not-so-great generations (including my own).</p> <p>The #MeToo movement, for all of the good it does in righting wrongs, has taken its toll on both innocent men and new standards of masculinity. When villainous men were rightly called to account for their sins, other men were made to look rotten, too. Many times they were not.<p>Updated: Fri Sep 07, 2018</p>