Richard Elfers

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.

Plan with the end in mind

That foresight into the future was a real advantage to me when raising my own children.

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

The length of an office holder’s term affects his/her approach while in office.

The Second Amendment in the 21st century

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Amendments have changed constitutional values

Do you know why we have the electoral college to vote for the president?

Trump’s luck may be running out

Nowhere in the world has seen improvement as a result of Trump’s actions. Eventually, Trump’s luck will run out and the chickens will come home to roost.