Part of the solution to preventing another “strongman” from emerging will be to restrict presidential powers through congressional action.
The approach should be to curb presidential power in a targeted, coherent way so that a clearer line is drawn regarding presidential limits and what Congress’s rights to investigate them are. While Donald Trump must be held to justice in many ways (only one of which is impeachment, which should be done for national security reasons more so than for “retribution”), The Pledge to Safeguard the Constitution [https://alcris2.medium.com/following-is-a-summary-of-6be4d81a3ddc?sk=bf21c2a6b26ea78cf6761ede5d12a96c] petitions Congress to restrict presidential power in very targeted but critical areas which pose a threat to our democratic institutions.
Everything that happened leading up to January 6 was predicted in an October article titled The War After the Election [https://medium.com/illumination-curated/the-war-after-the-election-545de96aa4ca?sk=627c55d616d9296af3e398f1686493a4] in which 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 have been updating the article to take into account events since January 6 as events have moved from getting Trump out of power and now into an impeachment phase and how to curb the excessive powers of future presidents.