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Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D.

   

On September 28, 2018, 2 women may have saved our democracy.  

          That these 2 women were in the hallway when Senator Jeff Flake was getting ready to have the doors close on a Senators-Only elevator and that a camera crew was present may have been the intervention of fate or just fortuitous but those were the facts and there the 3 of them were.  Perhaps if it were any other senator, the results may have been different.  But it was Senator Flake and these 2 women, recorded for all time by the cameras.

          And there we all were, in the Senate Committee Room, watching it all unfold.  The movement toward dictatorship came to what may be a temporary halt but a halt nonetheless.  The legislative branch of our government as controlled by the Republican Party, having previously ceded all of its Constitutional and moral authority to the President, was on the verge of making the judicial branch nothing but an arm of that same one party, one man system.  (read “The Enabling Act.”)  And then the President ordered the FBI to probe the allegations, something that he and the Republican Party had strongly resisted doing.   

         All this came to a stop because of 2 women and one thoughtful senator and a camera crew.

         Democracy requires intelligence, thoughtfulness… and participation.

         History tells us that, after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a republic or a monarchy?”  Franklin was reported to have replied: “A republic, if you can keep it.”

         Nearly two and a half centuries later, perhaps 2 other women helped us keep our democracy.

         Perhaps. 

         Democracy also requires vigilance.

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Ivan Hoffman has been practicing intellectual property law for over 45 years and has written extensively about that topic. (www.ivanhoffman.com).  Additionally, Ivan Hoffman has written numerous books about philosophy including “The Tao of Love” and “The Tao of Money.” 

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