Richard Elfers

Living in an era where emotions, opinions outweigh the facts

If you have enough money and political power, you can probably find an expert to endorse your position.

 

Polarizing politics works to squash the moderate middle

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We’re all starting to feel the strain

All our major trading partners are feeling the effects of tariff increases.

 

Economy rises and falls, regardless of who’s in the Oval Office

History from the time of Harry Truman teaches us that presidents have very little influence on the economy.

Real life, like Risk, requires great self-discipline

My grandkids were fascinated and played with intensity. Two of them formed an alliance against me for a time to keep me from conquering the world. I, of course, took advantage of all the “teachable moments.”

Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars

Knowing and understanding tribalism can offer a solution to the divisions at home and abroad.

The sweetest revenge? Sometimes it’s just being nice

Being kind to others, especially those who have harmed or hurt us, comes as a result of seeing others as our equals.

Expect WA court to reverse Arlene’s Flowers decision

The Supreme Court clearly held that cake decorating (or flower arranging) is a form of free speech, and therefore protected under the First Amendment.

The world simply cannot trust the U.S.

Foreign leaders are left confused and unsure whether the U.S. will follow through with its foreign commitments.

The four cornerstones of arguing irrationally

Don’t get caught up in the techniques people use to ignore rational arguments.

Supreme Court ruling shows sanity, moderation

The 14th Amendment equal protection clause does not negate the First Amendment religious freedom clause.

There a way to blend values, reinvent our society?

A new study finds white people may become more intolerant as America becomes less white.

Major Supreme Court decisions due by June

Many questions will be answered by the nation’s highest court this summer.

Trump supporters see the president doing ‘God’s will on Earth’

Why did Truman recognize Israel so quickly and why do we care about modern Israel, enough to bring the ire of the Muslim world down upon us?

U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars

There’s another brewing between Alberta and British Columbia.

Voting habits tied to feelings of security

The dangers of authoritarianism are a far greater threat to the nation than seeing rising racial equality and religious diversity brought about by immigration.

Protecting against the abuse of power

Concern about the evil potential of humans is woven into our Constitution’s DNA.

“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”

We only see what we value.

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters

Having a common enemy is an effective means to cover over differences between political ideologies and unite the nation against a common foe.