Four years of Donald Trump tested the limits of our democracy and exposed just how fragile it was in the wrong hands. Years of corruption, nepotism, greed, and near-fascism symbolized the Trump Administration as it lay waste to presidential norms and the Constitution.
Thankfully our democracy was pulled back from the brink in the 2020 elections, but because we persevered this time, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t act to prevent future tyrants like Trump from wielding and bending their powers to their advantage. We can and must act to put reasonable limits on the executive branch and increase transparency and accountability for those who hold the highest office.
Sign and send the petition now and urge Congress to pass the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would curb unconstrained executive branch power, limit emergency powers, prohibit self-pardons, and prevent political interference at the DOJ! >>
The Protecting Our Democracy Act (PODA) would also:
- Root out corruption by preventing presidents from profiting from public office,
- Protect our elections from foreign interference,
- Codify into law the requirement that all major party presidential and vice-presidential candidates publicly disclose 10 years of tax returns,
- Bolster Congress’ ability for oversight, expediting the enforcement of congressional subpoenas and increasing protections for whistleblowers, and
- Other essential checks on the presidency
Here’s the letter I wrote above my signature:
For many decades our government functioned on the understanding that a majority of persons in positions of power would honor what upper-class Brits used to call (perhaps still do), “the done thing.”
In a post-Trump world, that can obviously no longer be counted on. What used to be a common understanding must now be codified into law. Yes, this is a sad moment for America. But we must face reality and manage the sadness if we are to save our democracy.