Fred Henneke, Attorney & Counselor-At-Law

TAKE AWAYS ONE WEEK AFTER; 11/20/2020

Here is what is I believe the takeaways are from the Election and aftermath:

  1.  Former Vice-President Joe Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. His margins in each of the contested states are statistically small but numerically large. Most, if not all, of the margins are more than challenges have ever overturned. And, President Trump must win all of Pennsylvania, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona to over come Mr. Biden’s lead. Very unlikely.
  2. The President is mounting challenges in the afore-mentioned states.  HIs burden is not in finding isolated mistakes or even intentional wrongdoing but finding enough concrete instances or errors or fraud to change the outcome of the election in that particular state. His campaign has to lay before the Court enough specific instances when a vote was wrongfully cast or counted to his detriment that the Court can reasonable infer that he might actually change enough votes to win. Fishing expeditions or broad, sweeping charges without specific, documented wrongdoing or mistakes will not carry the day. And, the cases will be, at least initially, in state court as opposed to more friendly federal court.
  3. The blue wave was nothing more than a ripple.  The Republicans actually gained seats in the House of Representatives and stand to keep their majority in the Senate. And, the Democrats failed to gain significantly in state elections for governor and legislatures. The results, taken as a whole, clearly are not an embrace of the Democrats philosophy and proposed legislation. Labelling the Democrats as “Socialism” was a winning tactic on the part of the Republicans.
  4. The President and the Republicans showed surprising strength in the African -American communities and, especially, the Hispanic communities. Here in Texas, at least, the Democrats have been waiting for years for the Hispanic community to rise up and vote Democrat in large numbers. Didn’t happen..
  5. America remains more tribally divided than before. Our elected leaders consist of West Side-esq gangs that spend their time shouting at (or past) each other and then congratulating each other about how they had “one-upped” the other gang. No dialogue, no solutions. President Reagan was quoted as saying “I would rather have 80% of what I wanted than drive off the cliff with flags flying”. Which party is Thelma and which one is Louise? They high-five each other on our nickel while we are left to deal with the enormous problems we face daily. Compromise really is not a four letter word.
  6. What comes next? Healing, I hope. The rise of Statesmen who place the welfare of their constituents and the Nation they serve above their re-election and tribal dominance. I can always dream, Right!

STAY TUNED

One response to “TAKE AWAYS ONE WEEK AFTER; 11/20/2020”

  1. Gerry gentry says:

    Dream on

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DECISION 2020; 11/01/1010

In just over 48 hours, we should be getting the early, east coast returns. Here is what I  am particularly paying attention to:  FLORIDA.  President Trump practically has to win Florida in order to have any chance of winning re-election. The latest polls give Mr. Biden a slight edge but within the margin of error.… Continue Reading

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  1. Bob Waller says:

    Fred
    I hope your prediction is wrong. I agree that it’s going to be close, and too close to predict. At this point, we can only pray that the electoral votes in key states will move in Trump’s favor and give him a slight victory. I think he can pull out Pennsylvania and Florida and a couple of surprises. My only consolation is that God has a plan.

    • Fred Henneke says:

      Bob – it was much closer than expected but the margins in the remaining 4 states are too large to overcome. And he needs all 4 to win. Sad part is that the US remains more tribally divided than ever. Solutions to our problems will never come about as long as we shout past each other instead of talking. Thanks for your comment.

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ONE WEEK TO GO; 10/27/2020

Topics of interest as we enter the last week before Election Day:  The Supreme Court. Our Constitution gives the President the authority to appoint justices to the Supreme Court subject to the advice and consent of the United State Senate. Therefore, President Trump’s action in appointing Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court was not… Continue Reading

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24 DAYS AND A WAKE-UP, MAYBE; 10/09/2020

Hopefully, by midnight 24 days from now, or first thing the next morning for those who can’t stay up for the final returns, we will know who will be the next president. Certainly we will know if there has been a tsunami landslide for one of the candidates (most likely Mr. Biden). If it is… Continue Reading

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A TAXING DEBATE; 10/01/2020

If you coulda sold tickets and popcorn, you could have retired the national debt. What a spectacular debacle. A mud fight between the school bully and the book worm. WWE couldn’t hold a candle to the disgraceful event put on Tuesday night. They should have worn tights. Not the finest moment in American political history.… Continue Reading

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RIP, RBG; 09/27/2020

First of all, sincere thanks and admiration to departed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. For decades, through her skill as an advocate, her teaching and mentoring, and her service on the Supreme Court, she helped to bring about change in American life. Small in stature but huge in intellect and passion, the “notorious RBG” dedicated her… Continue Reading

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AND THEY ARE OFF AND RUNNING; 09/07/2020

Traditionally, Labor Day has been the start of the presidential election contest. Oh, for those days of 2 month campaigns! Today Labor Day is just another day on the hustings. Random thoughts 55 days from the real election. 1. RIP NOMINATING CONVENTIONS. Both parties tried their darndest to resurrect tho excitement of big, mass political… Continue Reading

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SNAPSHOTS; 08/09/2020

As we all know, a Snapshot captures the picture or image as of a particular moment in time. Today’s conversation is about how I perceive various issues and situations today, August 9,  2020. .What value these thoughts have for an event that will happen November 3, 2020, is up to each individual. Presidential Campaign. As of… Continue Reading

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  1. Gerry Gentry says:

    Great analysis of the current state of affairs in the U.S.! However, I believe you forgot Sarah Palin (running mate to John McCain).

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PORTLAND; 08/03/2020

Our Constitution, which I revere, guarantees us the right to peacefully assemble and to petition the government for redress of our grievances. Fundamental, essential rights fought for during the Revolution and honored ever since. Nowhere in the Constitution is there a right to riot and destroy public or private property. That constitutes criminal behavior and… Continue Reading

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  1. Susan Shorter says:

    Regardless, it appears that the various mayors and governors were doing almost nothing to stop looters and rioters. So far as I know, none called in their state guards. At least one state so severely restricted their police response that it became dangerous for police to enter the area. I agree calling in the “troops” was a “lawn orda” reaction but considering that city and state officials did nothing but tsk about looting, and bow down to the 1% of the 13%, I do not think there was much choice.

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TO MASK OR NOT TO MASK; THAT IS A QUESTION?; 07/18//2020

ALL of the medical experts – the doctors, epidemiologists, pandemic specialists – agree that the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID 19 is to (1) wear a mask in public, and (2) socially distance (i.e., STAY HOME). What’s so difficult about that? You can make your own mask or buy one if… Continue Reading

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