Richard Elfers

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.

Keeping the Supreme Court above partisan politics

“A partisan reputation… is going to cause very serious harm to the status and integrity of the decisions of this court in the eyes of the country.”

Kavanaugh hearings and the general election

Politicians can only hope they have made the right choices and that their constituents vote them in/back into office.

Every election uses political warfare tactics

Even non-partisan city council races feel the heat.

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.