American democracy is under enormous pressure with the unwritten norms central to our constitutional order threatened. Our politics has drifted toward polarization and brinkmanship over the years, but this condition has worsened exponentially since President Trump’s inauguration. Public officials have flouted loopholes in ethics rules, disregarded and even hidden government data and science, and attempted to interfere and influence law enforcement investigations. Systemic faults in American governance have been exposed.
In response, concrete implementable solutions are needed to restore trust in government, balance between the separate branches of government, and accountability to the people for whom public officials serve.