Richard Elfers

Weighing individual rights vs. the common good | COMMENTARY

“Good government only comes with diligent and vigilant voters who can read between the lines”


Maybe it’s time Congress took back its power | COMMENTARY

“Perhaps making America great again could result in a vital and necessary return to our constitutional roots?”


America is denying three hard truths | COMMENTARY

“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”


The president’s three personas

“And will the real Donald Trump please stand up!”

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Political soap opera won’t end until midterms

“Uncertainty and fear will continue for the DACA students as to whether they will be deported.”

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The Koch lessons

“Concern for the common good is buried by the greed, deception, secrecy and cunning of a few very rich people.”

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How to tolerate other people’s opinions

“Only that humility of our own vulnerability and ignorance can bring us to be tolerant of the views of others.”

Culture and politics shape race relations

“…we are bound to suffer increasing polarization in our nation that tears at the very fabric of our Constitutional covenant.”

Why Europe dominated the world

The European attitude of curiosity and adventure drove them to explore and… dominate the globe by the end of the 19th century.

Political turmoil makes nations stronger

“If we can get through this period of political chaos, we will be a stronger nation with its citizens valuing democracy far more.”

Russia and U.S. are on the same side of the Middle East coin

“As long as they had a common enemy, attention was focused away from their differences. That no longer is the case.”

Trump supporters still the same | COMMENTARY

“Trump supporters… still strongly support him, even though their expectations have changed enormously.”

God: Man’s search for meaning | COMMENTARY

“Is there a religion gene?”

What we can learn from our Canadian neighbors | COMMENTARY

“How much do you know about Canada? If you’re like most Americans, not much.”

Face your prejudices, open your mind | COMMENTARY

“It’s a healthy experience to interact with others who do not share our religious or political beliefs.”

Lessons from the Russian Revolution | COMMENTARY

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” Vladimir Lenin’s words still resonate 100 years to the month after the beginning of the Russian Revolution… Continue reading

The world’s survival could be at stake | COMMENTARY

While the nation’s and the world’s attention was drawn to the senseless murders in Las Vegas of at least 59 and the wounding of 527… Continue reading

Rebellion is as American as apple pie | COMMENTARY

“We need to learn not to let our foes push our country’s hot buttons to divide and conquer us.”

Fight for democracy or freedom? | COMMENTARY

“Americans fought to preserve democracy in their revolution. South Africa fought to end oppression.”

After Zimbabwe, a lesson about loving free speech | COMMENTARY

I was excited about visiting Zimbabwe. I had traveled to South Africa previously to visit my daughter, Betsy, and her family, but this was my… Continue reading