Richard Elfers

How far will Artificial Intelligence go?

The smartest Jeopardy contestant was beaten by a computer. So was the world’s best chess master. What does this mean for humans? The answer is… Continue reading

 

Confirmation bias in the impeachment proceedings

Confirmation bias in the impeachment proceedings

Most of us believe what we want to believe. Our natural tendency is to shy away from views that challenge our own. This is called… Continue reading

 

Republicans chose political power over the Constitution

I’m astounded and appalled that members of both parties in Congress were weighing whether to vote for impeachment and removal from office of President Trump,… Continue reading

 

Growing up as a Republican

Growing up as a Republican

I grew up in a Republican home. My family valued honesty, dependability, thrift, and belief in God. I deeply appreciate the virtues my parents taught… Continue reading

Growing up as a Republican
Discerning fact from opinion

Discerning fact from opinion

It can be more difficult than people first think, according to the Pew Research Center.

Discerning fact from opinion
George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

The journalist is a Constitutional Originalist, but the framers’ sole focus wasn’t solely freedom.

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’
George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’

In 1986, the Wall Street Journal called him, “perhaps the most powerful journalist in America.” George Will is a 78-year old conservative who writes opinion… Continue reading

George Will and ‘conservative sensibilities’
We all benefit when we’re open to new ideas

We all benefit when we’re open to new ideas

When I drive in my car, I often listen to the PBS radio station, KUOW. I’ve noticed through the years that PBS has a definite… Continue reading

We all benefit when we’re open to new ideas
From trade to race relations, can the U.S. take any more ‘change’?

From trade to race relations, can the U.S. take any more ‘change’?

You’ve all heard the phrase, “chickens coming home to roost.” You may know not the origin of the phrase. It’s from a more rural time… Continue reading

From trade to race relations, can the U.S. take any more ‘change’?
Where to place the blame for mass shootings

Where to place the blame for mass shootings

Who do you blame for the mass killings in Dayton and El Paso? If you’re a Democrat, you blame the National Rifle Association (NRA) and… Continue reading

Where to place the blame for mass shootings
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.

Richard Elfers
Balancing individual rights and the common good

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

Balancing individual rights and the common good
The crucial elements to good government

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

The crucial elements to good government
Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms

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?

Enumclaw: trying to retain original charm while building booms
Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture

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

Sometimes, the smaller things matter more than the big picture
Political parties often bring trouble

Political parties often bring trouble

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

Political parties often bring trouble
JFK and LBJ, America’s ‘best and brightest’

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

JFK and LBJ, America’s ‘best and brightest’
Lies during the Cuban missile crisis

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

Lies during the Cuban missile crisis
Only time will tell if U.S. can fashion an Afghan peace accord

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.

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

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

Equality versus freedom