Richard Elfers

All of Trump’s actions aimed at mid-terms, his 2020 re-election
All of Trump’s actions aimed at mid-terms, his 2020 re-election
Economy rises and falls, regardless of who’s in the Oval Office

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.

Economy rises and falls, regardless of who’s in the Oval Office
Real life, like Risk, requires great self-discipline

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.”

Real life, like Risk, requires great self-discipline
Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars

Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars

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

Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars
The sweetest revenge? Sometimes it’s just being nice

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.

The sweetest revenge? Sometimes it’s just being nice
Expect WA court to reverse Arlene’s Flowers decision

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.

Expect WA court to reverse Arlene’s Flowers decision
The world simply cannot trust the U.S.

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 world simply cannot trust the U.S.
The four cornerstones of arguing irrationally

The four cornerstones of arguing irrationally

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

The four cornerstones of arguing irrationally
Supreme Court ruling shows sanity, moderation

Supreme Court ruling shows sanity, moderation

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

Supreme Court ruling shows sanity, moderation
There a way to blend values, reinvent our society?

There a way to blend values, reinvent our society?

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

There a way to blend values, reinvent our society?
Major Supreme Court decisions due by June

Major Supreme Court decisions due by June

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

Major Supreme Court decisions due by June
Trump supporters see the president doing ‘God’s will on Earth’

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?

Trump supporters see the president doing ‘God’s will on Earth’
U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars

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

There’s another brewing between Alberta and British Columbia.

U.S. isn’t the only nation flirting with trade wars
Voting habits tied to feelings of security

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.

Voting habits tied to feelings of security
Protecting against the abuse of power

Protecting against the abuse of power

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

Protecting against the abuse of power
“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”

“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”

We only see what we value.

“Seeing the Splinter in Our Neighbor’s Eye”
Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters

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.

Election tampering anger could unite county’s voters
Plan with the end in mind

Plan with the end in mind

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

Plan with the end in mind
Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?

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

Short-term decisions or long-term approach?
The Second Amendment in the 21st century

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.”

The Second Amendment in the 21st century