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  As we approach the first anniversary of the triumph of democracy on January 6th, the media is filling with dire warnings about the end of democracy. Usually, I have little patience for doomsaying, but I am going to make a big exception for an op-ed by Professor Laurence Tribe in The Guardian, “The risk of a coup in the next US election is greater now than it ever was under Trump.” As you would expect from the nation’s preeminent law professor and constitutional scholar, Professor Tribe’s arguments are rooted in evidence—something that is frequently missing in other such articles. But here is the real reason to read Professor Tribe’s article—he provides specific steps that we should take to avert the possibility of another coup attempt by Trump. After laying out his case, Professor Tribe asks, “So what is to be done?” Here (in abbreviated form) are his prescriptions"

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" Here (in abbreviated form) are his prescriptions:

  • We must resist state-level attempts to make voting more difficult.

  • We must use boycotts and grassroots political organizing to oppose the replacement of honest with corrupt election officials and the enactment of anti-democratic state laws.

  • We must encourage the January 6th committee to complete its work thoroughly but quickly, including holding public hearings and . . . making criminal referrals to the Department of Justice

  • We must fight back against suggestions that the justice department's criminal investigations of the highest-ranking public officials should await any such criminal referrals from the committee.

  • We must redouble our determination to hold criminally accountable, and potentially disqualify from ever again holding public office in the United States, everyone involved in the obscene trashing of constitutional democracy.

  • We must publicly repudiate whatever misguided notions have led the Biden administration's attorney general, Merrick Garland, to exercise extraordinary restraint in the pursuit of such full accountability, effectively placing the highest officeholders above the law.

That is a great list! Most of the items demand that we bring public pressure on President Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. As one of the nation's most respected and trusted constitutional scholars, Professor Tribe occupies a unique vantage from which he can apply public pressure on the administration. And he has been making the most of his high ground. He has been hammering Garland on Twitter and in commentary in the NYTimes, MSNBC, CNN, the Guardian, and other outlets. He is one of the handful of people I follow on Twitter: @tribelaw.

We should follow Professor Tribe's example. We need to fill media outlets and social media with calls for action from Merrick Garland. Last week, I suggested that readers write "letters to editor" of local and national newspapers. Several readers have done soand have had their letters published. For example, reader Al Blake wrote a letter to the Miami Herald reminding readers of that newspaper of two Florida representatives who voted to overturn the 2020 election results. Blake wrote that voters should, "Remember their names" when the members of the Sedition Caucus are up for reelection in 2022.

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