Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

The CHOSEN One;08/27/2019

I alone can fix it.

I’m going to make our country rich again.

I’m going to turn our bad trade agreements into great trade agreements.

I’m going to bring our jobs back.

I will make individual trade agreements with individual counties.”

I heard each and every one of these statements, along with many others, at the GOP National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016, when Mr. Trump was nominated by the Republican Party as its candidate for President of the United States. Then, last week, after re-tweeting an article that referred to him as the “new King of the Jews”, the President declared himself, yes. THE CHOSEN ONE..

Being the Chosen One works when you are building a hotel or casino. The union leaders, contractors and sub-contractors will bow and scrape before The Chosen One because, after all, he has all the $$$$$. No amount or degree of insults or degrading comments will stop the lesser beings from their kowtowing because, again the Chosen One has all the $$$$$$$$.

Doesn’t work in politics or international relations. Without an overriding common cause or purpose, politicians from the loyal opposition and foreign leaders tend to act in their OWN perceived best interest, not that of the Chosen One. President Xi of China is not going to risk his position of supreme authority or his plan for re-making China’s economy to accommodate The Chosen One. Kim Jung Un just smiles and sends flattering letters while doing exactly as he pleases. The president of Denmark pooh-poohs the idea of selling Greenland. Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are not going to rubber stamp the proposed replacement for NAFTA until their political interests are addressed.

The rub for me is that I agree with many of the President’s basic policy positions on immigration reform, reduction of strangling regulations, criminal justice reform, etc. When he took office, the Republicans controlled the House of Representatives, the Senate and, quickly thereafter, the Supreme Court. ALL of the legislative power was in the hands of the Republican party. But nothing of consequence save the tax reform was legislatively accomplished. Rather, President Trump fell into the pattern of previous presidents of using executive power to temporarily and partially further his goals. He displayed no understanding or appreciation of the Constitutional scheme of our government, and no interest in learning. Ergo, without presidential leadership, continued gridlock by a “do-nothing Congress”.  I hate squandered opportunities.

So, what does thus mean for us, the People. Just keep on trucking, asking politely the hard questions, not taking political pablum for answers, studying the issues and candidates and, most importantly, VOTING. We can turn this ship around.

STAY TUNED

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SHOOTINGS; 08/12/2019

Las Vegas, Nevada. Sutherland Springs, Texas. Parkland, Florida. Charleston, South Carolina. Sebring, Florida. State College, Pennsylvania. Aurora, Illinois. Virginia Beach, Virginia. Abbeville, South Carolina. Gilroy, California. El Paso, Texas. Dayton, Ohio..  The list goes on and one. Could these tragedies have been prevented? Some, perhaps, but not all. Not until we can look into the… Continue Reading

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FOOLS RUSH IN; 08/07/2019

No theme; just random topics during a hot, Texas summer.  Democrat Casting Call. It appears to me that there are 2 dominant reasons for the series of “debates” (and I use the word loosely) among the democrat contenders. The first is to winnow the field, based largely on name ID. The second is to garner… Continue Reading

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TALKING POINTS; 07/31/2019

Congress leaves tomorrow for SIX WEEKS. They must be really tired. After all (1) they solved the humanitarian crisis on the southern border, (2) secured the border, (3) fixed our broken immigration and asylum laws, (4) set up a mechanism to fix our crumbling infrastructure, (5) passed a new health care law that includes no… Continue Reading

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CHECKING IN; 07/14/2109

There really is nothing that deserves comment right now. The same people are making the same political pronouncements instead of actually doing something. The Republicans are content to let the Democrats make all the headlines; the Democrats are desperately trying to elevate the old news Mueller Report into something that they can use against the… Continue Reading

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KUDOWS; 06/29/2109

In this blog, I have consistently and rightly castigated, blamed, demeaned and pilloried our elected members of Congress, and the leadership of each chamber, for their single-minded emphasis on their own re-election and the electoral strength of their chosen party over the needs and good of the nation as a whole. And, for the  most… Continue Reading

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IRAN; 06/21/2019

Yesterday, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (“IRGC”), the Iranian military/para-military organization, shot down an unmanned unarmed United States surveillance drone, There is controversy over where the drone was when it was shot down; we say over international waters, they say over Iranian waters. Where the attack took place has some legalistic import, but otherwise it… Continue Reading

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D DAY; 06/06/2019

It has been an exceptionally beautiful Spring here in the Texas Hill Country. We have been blessed with abundant rain at the right times along with plentiful sunshine. The hills are festooned with every possible shade of green; the flowers were, and are, spectacular with reds and yellows and purples and blues and whites filling… Continue Reading

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THE SPHINX SPEAKS; 05/29/2019

Today the now former Special Counsel gave a brief statement to the assembled press throng, and retreated into his Cave of Solitude. He expressed his fervent desire that the statement today be his one and only public appearance regarding his work as Special Counsel and the report. Good luck with that. As is my practice,… Continue Reading

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INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; 05/18,2019

In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood as the bastion of freedom, human rights and democracy. The other super power, the Soviet Union, represented the polar opposites – repression, dictatorship and servitude. The enlightened leadership of our Nation at that time realized that America, both for its own best interests and… Continue Reading

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