Richard Elfers

Like the 1950s, we will survive this era

Like the 1950s, we will survive this era

Back then, we didn’t worry about a lot — unless you count the Soviets.

Like the 1950s, we will survive this era
For the good of us all, leaders need to act like adults

For the good of us all, leaders need to act like adults

Pride may very well be the downfall of us all.

For the good of us all, leaders need to act like adults
State GOP faces uphill battle if tied to Trump

State GOP faces uphill battle if tied to Trump

The Republican party was destroyed in King County during the midterms.

State GOP faces uphill battle if tied to Trump
Recognizing propaganda techniques makes them less effective

Recognizing propaganda techniques makes them less effective

The Bandwagon, card stacking, “plain folks” image, and name calling are all effective propaganda techniques.

Recognizing propaganda techniques makes them less effective
Consider what you’re putting in your body

Consider what you’re putting in your body

We’ve been sold three big lies by sugar and opioid companies.

Consider what you’re putting in your body
Border security means enforcing 1986 Reform and Control Act, not building a wall

Border security means enforcing 1986 Reform and Control Act, not building a wall

Democrats understand that building the border wall is too expensive, too inefficient, and will require owners of their property to give up their private land for public use.

Border security means enforcing 1986 Reform and Control Act, not building a wall
Hoping for middle ground on immigration issue

Hoping for middle ground on immigration issue

The wall is too expensive, but border security is an issue to be addressed.

Hoping for middle ground on immigration issue
America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality

America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality

We haven’t always lived up to our country’s founding concepts.

America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality
Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

More than ever, the wealth gap separates our country.

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy
What would you give up for world peace?

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.

What would you give up for world peace?
‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

Everyone uses these strategies to some extent.

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments
Trump helped erase voter complacency

Trump helped erase voter complacency

Our president raises his base and enflames his opposition at the same time.

Trump helped erase voter complacency
‘We the people’ set our national direction Nov. 6

‘We the people’ set our national direction Nov. 6

The midterms were just as much about emotions as it was issues.

‘We the people’ set our national direction Nov. 6
Today’s autocrats blaming the West for their woes

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.

Today’s autocrats blaming the West for their woes
‘Art of the Deal’ still key to understanding Trump

‘Art of the Deal’ still key to understanding Trump

Some details in the 1987 book are still relevant today.

‘Art of the Deal’ still key to understanding Trump
Keeping the Supreme Court above partisan politics

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.”

Keeping the Supreme Court above partisan politics
Kavanaugh hearings and the general election

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.

Kavanaugh hearings and the general election
Every election uses political warfare tactics

Every election uses political warfare tactics

Even non-partisan city council races feel the heat.

Every election uses political warfare tactics
Living in an era where emotions, opinions outweigh the facts

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.

Living in an era where emotions, opinions outweigh the facts
Polarizing politics works to squash the moderate middle

Polarizing politics works to squash the moderate middle

The definition of identity politics: “Political attitudes or positions that focus on the concerns of social groups identified mainly on the basis of gender, race,… Continue reading

Polarizing politics works to squash the moderate middle