Richard Elfers

Richard Elfers

Seeking real freedom, no matter what the era

Each age has a spirit or attitude that dominates over and competes with other worldviews.

 

Balancing individual rights and the common good

Which is more important, serving the common good of a society or protecting individual rights? This is a question I ask my Civics and Government… Continue reading

 

The crucial elements to good government

What makes good government? What makes bad government? We all have experienced both types, and some in-between. Good government can make life a lot easier… Continue reading

 

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

All Puget Sound areas are growing. In Enumclaw, the question is, how will its original charm be maintain while building booms throughout the city?

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

Recently I took a group of senior citizens to tour the Amazon Spheres in downtown Seattle. It was impressive to see not only the botanical… Continue reading

Political parties often bring trouble

On his way out, George Washington made it clear that political parties have the potential for national harm.

JFK and LBJ, America’s ‘best and brightest’

The year was 1975. I had just received my master’s in history from Pepperdine University in Central L.A. I had also just left the religious… Continue reading

Lies during the Cuban missile crisis

Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy lied about Soviet missile strength to win the 1960 election. This is the assertion that George Friedman makes in his… Continue reading

Only time will tell if U.S. can fashion an Afghan peace accord

The U.S. has been involved militarily in Afghanistan for nearly two decades. There’s a stalemate and it seems the key players are closing in on an agreement to end hostilities.

Equality versus freedom

What is more important to you: Freedom or equality? If you’re a Democrat today, equality is more important. If you’re a Republican, it’s freedom. It… Continue reading

Leaders need to act like adults

In 2019 America, reason has been replaced by fear.

State GOP faces uphill battle if tied to Trump

Democrats have controlled the governorship since 1985. It’s not healthy to have such lopsided control

Recognizing types of propaganda techniques makes them less effective

Propaganda techniques find their way into our politics, our advertising and our speech.

Consider what you’re putting in your body

Lies by big companies have brought us opioid addiction, obesity and related health troubles.

Democrats hold upper hand on shutdown

The partial government shutdown started on Friday, Dec. 21 at midnight. The issue is over money to build a border wall between the U.S. and… Continue reading

Hoping for middle ground with regards to immigration issue

What would happen if all the undocumented immigrants went away? Both sides of the issue.

America’s endless trap: matching ideals with reality

“We (the United States) are both fated to lead and fated to do so erratically and impulsively” (Joseph P. Ellis, “American Dialogue: The Founders and… Continue reading

Our current ‘Gilded Age’ benefits only the super wealthy

Today’s super wealthy succeeded in another Gilded Age, negating many laws that protect middle class.

The future simply borrows from the past

We must be on guard, though, to search for understanding using history with an open mind.

What would you give up for world peace?

Would you give up your smart phone in exchange for world peace? That’s the question I asked my high school Civics and Government students recently.… Continue reading