Is Democracy Leaving Us?

This may sound a little alarmist, but others say that it is the conversation that we need to be having right now. That is one of concern about what is happening to our democracy. Sujit Choudhry is exactly the kind of person that you would want to speak with if you were interested in this topic.  More on blogs.law.nyu.edu.

The recent publication of an article by Sujit Choudhry in which he talks about a recent tweet by Eric Holder talking about the possibility of Donald Trump firing Special Council Robert Muller would be crossing a “red line”. That is a moment when the constitution and the country by default would be in serious danger suggests Choudhry.

Sujit Choudhry says that Holder leaves it up to the American people to decide if their elected officials have indeed crossed the red line. He goes on to make note of the fact that Holder seems to believe that constitutional democracies have a certain point when they might break.

Choudhry goes on to talk about how the concept of red lines is not a new one in American democracy. He discusses many ways in which other red lines may be crossed that could cause a constitutional crisis. For example, if an elected official who would normally be held to term limits decided to try to change the laws at the last minute to allow him or herself to have an extended or even unlimited amount of terms. This in theory could even be approved by the people, but the idea itself reeks of being undemocratic.

More to read on

http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry

There is just something about all of this that gets under people’s skin. They do not like to think about any one person having so much power that they are literally able to dictate how the rest of the country operates. It is something that democracies are not founded on, and Choudhry does point out many ways in which our very own democracy could suffer if we allowed some of these lines to be crossed. It will be interesting to see how and if the current administration elects to test the rules that have been laid out for all of American history.  For additional reading, check blogs.law.nyu.edu.

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