There are two ways we could lose our freedoms. Your article provokes a good deal of thought about how this might arise out of an overabundance of security concerns.
The other threat comes from the prospect of an authoritarian president – whether this be done through “an iron fist” or a “gentle reminder.” The forces that swept Trump to power still exist in American democracy, and the powers he misused as President still remain to be abused by a reincarnation of him. There is a need to fully investigate what happened on January 6, which is why impeachment should be done methodically. There is also a need to pressure Congress to curb the powers it has ceded to the executive branch over centuries, but especially over the last several decades, so that a clearer line is drawn regarding presidential limits and what Congress’s rights to investigate them are. 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.