You are correct, we are too confident in our fragile democracy.
We saw him elected and we predicted he would be impeached and he was. What we did not fully understand is that he would become such an effective bully that he could not be removed from office. Grown men and women have been afraid he will tweet bad things about them.
We have never had a time where the leadership of the country displayed a total disinterest in science, humanity and the rule of law at the same time.
Americans are not doing anything because we are afraid. We see what is happening and despair. And yet we still hope that all it will take is a gofundme for mail in voting and he will be gone.