Our democracy is great! It is the best 1787 had to offer. Maybe we could do better now?

The endless election is finally over. And ultimately democracy prevailed. Barring some unimaginably potent Trumpian intervention, Joe Biden will become America’s 46th president. That does not mean the nation should rest easy. Four years of chaos culminating with Donald Trump refusing to concede have laid bare the fragility of our republic.

America’s reputation as a model democracy notwithstanding, we forced people to wait hours for the privilege to vote. We allowed the White House to cripple the post office in service to a blatantly political agenda. We permitted rampant voter suppression. And we stood impotently by as the president labored to undermine our election. Shame on us! And kudos to those stalwart citizens who weathered a gauntlet of obstacles and managed