While it is going to be impossible to repress every fringe group out there or restrict who runs for office, part of the solution to preventing a “strongman” from emerging from their confluence is to restrict presidential powers through congressional action – not just to restrict Trump, or somebody an extremist group might get behind, but to restrict the powers of ANY President.
The solution to curbing “absolute power” should not become endless cycles of impeachment. Rather, our 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 so that looking past Trump we do not descend into a cycle whereby impeachment becomes a routine tool of each political party against the other.
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.