What happens in the next four years is up to you. This moment of danger can be your finest hour as a citizen and as an American. Americans have a few fundamental expectations about the presidency and their government. We expect Congress to check the President’s powers yet the Republican majority in Congress burns to enact an agenda that lacks public support. Whether it’s allegations of Russian hacking or self-enrichment by the Trump family, Republicans in Congress will act as Donald Trump’s ethical bodyguard, not a check on his power. We expect as citizens that our voices can be heard. Including by means of peaceful protest. Trump actively goads protesters to burn flags and challenge police. Civil unrest will not be a problem for the Trump presidency It will be a resource. Immigration protesters marching with Mexican flags Black Lives Matter demonstrators bearing anti-police slogans these are the images of the opposition that Donald Trump will wish his supporters to see. We expect the free press to inform voters of the actions of government. And we expect elected officials to offer reasonable cooperation to media acting in the public interest. But Trump has made clear that he regards independent media as his most dangerous enemy. He and his allies are developing a counter-media stretching from Fox to Breitbart to Infowars to fill the information space with disinformation and defamation. We expect presidents to want to avoid even the faintest imputation of corruption. That is why, dating back to Jimmy Carter, they have all voluntarily released their income tax returns. Donald Trump won’t. Instead, he and his family, are eagerly plunging into a morass of dodgy deals. Trump and his team believe that they can achieve all that I just described for one main reason: “Nobody cares!” Trump likes to say. If this were happening in Honduras, we would know what to call it. It is happening here instead. So we are baffled. The mass movements of the 20th century like Fascism and Communism have left us an outdated image of what modern authoritarianism might look like. We’re not going to assemble in parade-ground formations. Politicians won’t stand erect at the microphone orating for hours. Intimidation will go where the people are. Not on the sidewalks, but in digital space. And authoritarian leaders won’t lecture. They will tweet. We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States in decades. If the story ends without too much harm to the Republic it won’t be because the dangers were imagined. But because citizens resisted.