I respect your optimism and that you are looking for and presenting solutions instead of just bemoaning our national fate. But we were also actually very lucky. And before we look too far into the future, we need to get Trump out of office and curb the powers of the executive branch of the federal government.

Everything that happened leading up to January 6 – ALL OF IT - was predicted, including the potential for fascism or a civil war – except for that the insurrectionists would make the monumental strategic blunder of making a direct attack on the United States Capitol Building itself.

In an October article entitled The War After the Election [https://medium.com/illumination-curated/the-war-after-the-election-545de96aa4ca?source=friends_link&sk=627c55d616d9296af3e398f1686493a4] I summarized the findings of the Transition Integrity Project, a group that included former Congressmen, United States Senators, previous cabinet members, White House Chiefs of Staffs, Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security and state governors whose “war games” predicted almost exactly what is happening. I intend to keep updating the article to take into account events since January 6 and regarding what we should do about the situation now – including that we as a citizenry should refrain from giving Donald Trump any excuse for attempting to impose martial law.

If this sounds like hyperbole, remember that ten former Secretaries of Defense recently took the extraordinary step of co-authoring an article warning against the military becoming involved in our election process; and that the leaders of the United States government are right now actively considering impeaching the President of the United States or removing him from office via the 25th Amendment with less than two weeks remaining in his term.

Not that everybody would get on board with it or that it would necessarily succeed, but that the President could justify the legality of the initiation of martial law more than he can justify the legality of many other things he has done.

In addition to the action called for in The War After the Election, I urge you to sign The Pledge to Safeguard the Constitution [https://www.thepledge.site/the-pledge-to-safeguard-the-constitution] which petitions Congress to pass specific, targeted legislation to limit presidential power in the most urgently necessary areas and prevent anything like the events of January 6 from ever happening again.

First we need to be sure that Trump is definitely removed from power and that there is never a future reincarnation of him in the Oval Office. Then we need to proceed to confront the numerous obstacles before us as a nation.

Thank you for being a constructive voice in the endeavor to address and look for solutions to our national problems.

Creator of The Pledge Site to limit presidential power and of both The Pledge to Safeguard the Election and The Pledge to Safeguard the Constitution.

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