Richard Elfers

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In 2019 America, reason has been replaced by fear.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

‘Logical fallacies’ help each of us defend our arguments

What are logical fallacies? Ross Weisman’s article, “Is Your Reasoning Sound? A Look at Logical Fallacies,” published at Smerconish.com, gives us this definition: “Flaws in… Continue reading

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

Two strategies with two potential outcomes: the course our nation was decided Tuesday.

‘Art of the Deal’ still key to understanding Trump

The book gave me a deeper understanding of President Trump and his unique style of leadership.

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.”

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.

Every election uses political warfare tactics

Even non-partisan city council races feel the heat.

Living in the age of the political double-standard

The partisan political divide is growing as the November midterm elections approach. Emotions are on edge. Democrats are hoping for a big blue wave of… Continue reading

Living in an era where emotions, opinions outweigh the facts

Due to the enormous volume of data at our fingertips, we are now living in the age of “post-truth.”

We’re all starting to feel the strain of trade war

Take a rubber band and place it around your fingers and thumb. When you move your thumb, all the rest of the fingers feel the… Continue reading