Richard Elfers

Growing up as a Republican

I wish the party was like I remembered when I was growing up.

 

Different perceptions concerning the homeless and the library

Many people don’t realize that there are laws protecting the homeless and their use of public spaces.

 

Discerning fact from opinion

It can be more difficult than people first think, according to the Pew Research Center.

 

Government and Goldilocks

We’re trying to find that “just right” balance.

If you had the chance, would you do things differently?

The book “Replay” means a tremendous amount to me.

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

The journalist is a Constitutional Originalist, but the framers’ sole focus wasn’t solely freedom.

Unfortunately, The Golden Rule isn’t a part of modern politics

Ignoring one of Christ’s greatest tenets is a death spiral for our political parties.

For ultimate happiness, find the true meaning of your life

As the old saying goes, you can’t buy happiness.

Words matter, so pay attention to what’s going on around us

Examening the definitions of unicorn, meme, and socialism.

We simply can’t discuss politics or religion – here’s the reason

It’s hard to convince people with logic when they came to their conclusions illogically.

“Butterfly effect” brings change, good or bad, in all our lives

We will never know how our actions can affect big things.

We all benefit when we’re open to new ideas

Our country needs more honesty, courage, and a willingness to listen.

Critically reflect on the ideas you grew up with

Many of the beliefs we hold now were formed when we were young, without critical thought.

Our democracy is built on trusting people who know more than we do

Why do some people actively distrust experts?

From trade to race relations, can the U.S. take any more ‘change’?

The president’s chickens are coming home to roost.

Where to place the blame for mass shootings

We should finally make gun manufacturers responsible.

How can you find truth in a society that often wages war against honesty?

There’s no trust in the government, media, or each other — how do we get past it?

A realistic look at Mueller’s findings

We have a lot of propaganda to sift through in order to get to the truth.

Political victory will require some humility, self-awareness

Otherwise, the victory is solely pyrrhic.

Transparency in government helps lobbyists

Even the most basic tenets of our government can be turned to aid those with deep pockets.