Richard Elfers

Kennedy, Johnson, and America’s “best and brightest”

Not all wars can be won with firepower.

 

Lies During the Cuban Missile Crisis

Russia was nowhere near where the U.S. was in regard to nuclear capability.

 

Can peace be reached in Afghanistan? Only time will tell

It seems everyone wants a stable Afghanistan, even the bad actors.

 

Examining your child’s personality types

Are they pleasers, independents, or a Red Queen?

The struggle of equality versus freedom intensifies

The GOP used to value equality more than personal freedom — now it’s the Democrats.

Like the 1950s, we will survive this era

Back then, we didn’t worry about a lot — unless you count the Soviets.

For the good of us all, leaders need to act like adults

Pride may very well be the downfall of us all.

State GOP faces uphill battle if tied to Trump

The Republican party was destroyed in King County during the midterms.

Recognizing propaganda techniques makes them less effective

The Bandwagon, card stacking, “plain folks” image, and name calling are all effective propaganda techniques.

Consider what you’re putting in your body

We’ve been sold three big lies by sugar and opioid companies.

Border security means enforcing 1986 Reform and Control Act, not building a wall

Democrats understand that building the border wall is too expensive, too inefficient, and will require owners of their property to give up their private land for public use.

Hoping for middle ground on immigration issue

The wall is too expensive, but border security is an issue to be addressed.

America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality

We haven’t always lived up to our country’s founding concepts.

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

More than ever, the wealth gap separates our country.

What would you give up for world peace?

I asked my students if they’d give up their phones for world peace. Only a few said they would.

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

Everyone uses these strategies to some extent.

Trump helped erase voter complacency

Our president raises his base and enflames his opposition at the same time.

‘We the people’ set our national direction Nov. 6

The midterms were just as much about emotions as it was issues.

Today’s autocrats blaming the West for their woes

I understand the pull of a charismatic leader that puts the blame of life’s woes on others.

‘Art of the Deal’ still key to understanding Trump

Some details in the 1987 book are still relevant today.