Richard Elfers

All candidates can get ‘framed’ | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

In order to win big stakes elections in America, it’s necessary to frame your opponent in an unfavorable light.

Politicians master the art of framing | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

In order to win big stakes elections in America, it’s necessary to frame your opponent in an unfavorable light. Your opponent tries to do the same thing to you. Whoever is more successful in framing their opponent will win the election.

Reaching for the other side of the aisle | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

Have you had enough of slanted political views, slander and stubborn, self-righteous partisanship? I have. I’m glad elections are done for at least a year. It seems what Americans are hungry for is cooperation and compromise between the political parties in the nation’s Congress and the state and local governments for the good of the nation. What most of us really would like to see is a sense of balance and moderation.

Understanding Syria | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

Syria is a nation formed by Britain and France out of the remains of the Ottoman Empire after World War I. France chose to have Syria and Lebanon as its mandated protectorate as formulated by the League of Nations, the precursor of the United Nations.

What happens if no one wins? | RICH ELFERS

All the polls say this presidential election will be very close. According to one political writer, it will come down to about a million people who live in the battleground states whose highest education is a high school diploma. What if there is no clear Electoral College winner?

Could this year’s election beget a historic glitch? | Politics in Focus

All the polls say this presidential election will be very close. According to one political writer, it will come down to about a million people who live in the battleground states whose highest education is a high school diploma.

Politics and ethics can coexist | RICH ELFERS

Recently I announced a guest Pacific Lutheran University professor at my church would be discussing Christian ethics and politics during the Adult Forum. I received laughter when I noted those two terms didn’t have to be mutually exclusive.

Political fractures fuel candidates’ dishonesty | Politics in Focus

Recently I announced a guest Pacific Lutheran University professor at my church would be discussing Christian ethics and politics during the Adult Forum. I received laughter when I noted those two terms didn’t have to be mutually exclusive. Both presidential candidates claim to be Christian, but in the heat of political battle for the highest office in the land, truth seems to have taken a back seat to winning – or is it to avoid losing?

Apartheid impacts are still felt in South Africa | RICH ELFERS

Crime and violence are notoriously high in South Africa. If you drive around just about anywhere you will see high walls with barbed or concertina wire encircling nearly every middle- or upper-class home. Often, broken glass or metal spikes stick out of the tops of these walls to discourage thieves from climbing over.

Executive privilege a tricky trap | Rich Elfers

Gov. Chris Gregoire is under pressure for claiming executive privilege. The issues involve withholding of emails and internal documents on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, medical marijuana laws, and criminal pardons, to name three.

Editorial | A high price paid for freedom | Rich Elfers

How do you react to injustice when dealing with your government or in the workplace? That was one of the questions I asked myself on my recent trip to visit my daughter and family in South Africa.

Racism of apartheid had deep economic roots | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

How do you react to injustice when dealing with your government or in the workplace? That was one of the questions I asked myself on my recent trip to visit my daughter and family in South Africa.

Editorial | Blame often is unfairly aimed | Rich Elfers

Government leaders are often criticized for the wrong reasons. Presidents, whether they are Republican or Democrat, are sometimes blamed for things that are beyond their control.

The limitations of executive power | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

Government leaders are often criticized for the wrong reasons. Presidents, whether they are Republican or Democrat, are sometimes blamed for things that are beyond their control. Likewise, city mayors are blamed despite their lack of power to vote on issues that come before the council.

Editorial | Who won, lost the meltdown? | Rich Elfers

Did you ever stop to ask yourself, “Who were the winners and losers of the 2008 economic meltdown?” I have. I’m not pleased with the answers I get.

Villains of 2008 meltdown remain unpunished | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

Did you ever stop to ask yourself, “Who were the winners and losers of the 2008 economic meltdown?” I have. I’m not pleased with the answers I get.

Editorial | Reflecting on Africa’s good and bad | Rich Elfers

I recently flew over the whole length of the African continent from Libya on the Mediterranean to South Africa on the southern tip to visit my daughter and her family who are living there. As I looked down on the African landscape from 37,000 feet, I reflected on the land and recent history there.

Dealing with bullies on a global level | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

Bullying is a major human problem. It can take place at all times in our lives at all levels, from personal to international.

When nations collide | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

Henry Kissinger’s book, "Diplomacy," is a fascinating study of two different approaches to foreign policy in the West. These two competing worldviews have deeply affected and are still shaping the history of the modern world.

Ideological lenses obscure rationality | Rich Elfers’ Politics in Focus

Today the nation is divided politically into major camps based upon classes: Republicans and Democrats. The field of battle is the November presidential election. Each side frames its perceptions to convince voters their viewpoint is correct and the other is wrong.