Richard Elfers

‘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

 

Trump helped erase voter complacency

The Nov. 6 midterms set a record number for voters: An estimated 113 million came out to the polls, or 49 percent of those eligible… Continue reading

 

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

By the time you read this, you will either be in celebration or in mourning. You will have found out the results of the midterm… Continue reading

 

Today’s autocrats blaming the West for their woes

As a youth in my late teens, I joined a strict religious cult and spent seven years of my life deeply involved in it. The… Continue reading

‘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.

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 facts

“In this era of post-truth politics, it’s easy to cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion you desire” (Oxford Dictionaries.com). What is post-truth? According to… Continue reading

Polarizing politics squash the moderate middle

The definition of identity politics: Political attitudes or positions that focus on the concerns of social groups identified mainly on the basis of gender, race,… Continue reading

We’re all starting to feel the strain

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

Economy rises and falls, regardless of who’s in the Oval Office

Are U.S. presidents responsible for the economy? Can President Trump and the Republicans take credit for the 4.1 percent growth rate we are experiencing? That’s… Continue reading

Real life, like Risk, requires great self-discipline

Have you ever played the board game called “Risk”? Last week I taught my three oldest grandkids (ages 11, 9 and 9) how to play… Continue reading

Perception becomes reality, nationally and individually

This seems to be China’s problem: it has a bad image, which is bringing major problems to its door. China has begun to change those… Continue reading

Ferguson oversteps bounds

Imagine you are a devout 68-year-old Southern Baptist Christian, living in Richland, Washington, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, a floral shop, for over 20 years.… Continue reading

All can consider, what would a great leader do?

The time was 460 B.C. The place, across the Tiber River from the city of Rome. The protagonist was a farmer who tilled the soil… Continue reading

Tribalism led to the loss of Vietnam, Iraq wars

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

The sweetest revenge? Sometimes it’s just being nice

Do you remember the tit-for-tat fights you had as a kid? Someone hit you so you hit them back. Someone called you a name, so… Continue reading

Trump’s behavior means the world cannot trust the U.S.

‘The U.S. became involved in the Vietnam War precisely because it feared the implications for its containment policy against the Soviet Union if it allowed… Continue reading