Constitutional Expert Sees Modern Threat to Democratic Principles

Sujit Choudhry is concerned about the future of constitutional democracies, including the United States. Choudhry, the famed international scholar and expert on constitutional law and politics, issued this concern in response to a tweet by Eric Holder, who served as the nation’s attorney general in the Obama administration.

In his tweet, Holder described the potential termination of Special Counsel Robert Mueller as crossing the “red line” that defines American democratic principles. Holder also said that any action to disrupt Mueller’s investigation should prompt peaceful demonstrations by American citizens. In his response, Choudhry noted that Holder’s red line statement did not recommended subsequent court or legislative action, and he questioned why public opinion should dictate what should be done in response to a Mueller dismissal by President Donald Trump. Choudhry described Holder’s “red line” premise as a “focal point” when it comes to constitutional rules. He also expressed surprise that Holder failed to mention the possibility of a legal challenge should Mueller’s investigation be terminated.

According to Sujit Choudhry, presidential term limits that restrict the time anyone can serve as chief executive also represent focal points that could be broken. Under his scenario, the president could declare a state of emergency or even attempt to suspend elections. Disrespecting term limits or interfering with criminal investigations, both of which are possible, are considered by Choudhry to be failures of the democratic system.

Outside of the United States, Choudhry has seen setbacks in attempts to establish democratic governments. He noted that the political party in power in Poland, though popularly elected, has undermined the democratic principles that began to develop after the end of the Cold War.

Born in India, Sujit Choudhry today serves as a professor at the University of California, Berkley. He is also a founding director of the Center for Constitutional Transitions and has advised others who are developing constitutional systems in their own countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Nepal and South Africa.

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Sujit Choudhry has written several books, including “The Migration of Constitutional Ideas” and “Constitution Making,” and more than 90 book chapters and individual articles, see works.bepress.com. He is also the member of several organizations, including the International Society of Public Law.

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End Citizens United Fights Big Money In November Elections

The upcoming elections are going to give people a chance to fight against the influence or big money in our politics. People are tired of seeing politicians fight for those who are explicitly against our own interests. This is why End Citizens United was formed. It’s a PAC focused on trying to do everything it can to make sure that people are better equipped when they decide they want to fight the influence of big money in their lives. This isn’t going to be an easy thing to do, but it will certainly be remembered for years to come. There is a wave ready to take politics in a bold new direction. It just needs the support necessary to grow into something more fierce.

There are plenty of reasons to look at the work of the Big Money 20 and feel outraged. This is a group of some of the most insidious politicians out there. Fortunately, thy are very vulnerable as they are incumbents in areas with very low support for the way things are. People absolutely want to see things change and they are willing to support candidates that will do their best to make sure we see a very different way of handling business. There is going to be something big happening this November and End Citizens United wants to back it entirely.

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The Big Money 20 are located mostly in blue states and this is why they are particularly great targets for elections according to actionnetwork.org. They won’t be able to fight as well as others out there and they simply don’t have an energized base willing to go up to bat for them. When you factor in the reality that they are exceptionally weakened by the current trends we’re seeing in politics, it’s going to be a certain victory for the Democrats and those who want to fight big money in politics.

We are going to see some resistance to this surge. There are going to be big donations coming in from corporations and they’ll want to do anything they can to stop the current rise of those who want to see politicians represent the interests of the people who elect them. Nobody is going to do more to help make sure the people win than End Citizens United. PACs like this were formed for just this occasion. Now it’s time for them to spring into action in our moment of need.

Check more about End Citizens United: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/04/how-to-reverse-citizens-united/471504/

Financial Services Firm Highland Capital Management

Highland Capital Management is a financial services firm based in Dallas, Texas. It has a number of office locations in New York City along with Sao Paulo Brazil, Singapore and Seoul South Korea. This firm specializes providing investment management for credit and debt backed securities. Highland Capital Management serves both individual and institutional investors. During its existence, the firm became the first institution to offer collateralized loan obligations other than commercial banks. As well as being a comprehensive financial services firm, Highland Capital Management participates in a number of philanthropic activities. It has made a number of contributions to a number of community organizations and causes that have helped make the community a better place. Read this article at Dallas News.

The firm Highland Capital Management started in 1990 when Mark Okada and current co founder and president James Dondero founded a life insurance company. During the first couple of years of the firm’s existence, it would establish itself as a reputable company providing quality life insurance coverage for clients. By its fourth year of existence in 1993, the firm would expand into a fully fledged financial services company. It would begin offering a number of asset management and financial advisory services. Throughout the 1990’s, Highland Capital Management would expand and eventually be built into the top financial services investment management firm it is today. Highland Capital Management is still led by James Dondero. Learn more about Highland Capital at Affiliate Dork.

While Highland Capital focuses on meeting the needs of its many investor clients, it has also looked to help serve the needs of the community as well. Along with contributing to a number of charitable causes, it currently holds a number of events at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. One of the events currently being held is the Art & Leadership of Winston Churchill. At this event, attendees will learn about what made Winston Churchill a highly effective leader. It will also discuss the lessons of his leadership philosophy which can be applied to many of today’s important issues. As well as talking about Churchill’s leadership, the event will also provide paintings of him. There will be a number of speakers at the event to talk about the life of Winston Churchill. These include Allen Packwood of the Churchill Archives Centre at Cambridge and David Reynolds who is a notable British historian and filmmaker.

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Professor Sujit Choudhry Explains The Laws Of Democracy

The United States is often seen as the beacon of democracy in a world where the rights of the individual have been threatened in recent times by the continuing rise in far-right beliefs in many of the world’s best=known democratic nations. Professor Sujit Choudhry has recently published his own take on the democracy of the U.S. framed around a single Tweet by former Attorney General Eric Holder (works.bepress.com).

On December 17, 2017, Attorney General Holder posted a Tweet explaining any attempt by President Donald Trump to remove the Special Counsel Robert Mueller who has been tasked with investigating possible collusion between Trump’s Presidential campaign and Russian agencies. Holder referred to any attempt to fire Mueller as being an “absolute red line” in the call for mass protests against the Trump Administration; Professor Sujit Choudhry likened any attempt by President Trump to the development of an autocracy which would threaten the very essence of the Constitution.

By developing as an autocrat more akin to politicians commonly abusing their power in parts of Africa and Asia where term limits introduced to limit such problems are often ignored. Choudhry points out the President has yet to challenge any term limits or planned elections in a disruptive way.

Much of the focus of Sujit Choudhry is placed on the talk of “red lines” which can be seen to have many different meanings for the expert on international politics and the democratic rule of law. Initially, the “red line” would appear to simply refer to the fact the potential firing of Mueller would cross a moral and Constitutional boundary. However, Choudhry explains the Tweet also sees Eric Holder call for mass, peaceful protests which would also represent a “red line” in terms of the political power being given back to the public.  For more of his views, check iconnectblog.com.

By calling for mass protests, Holder is actually calling for the people of the U.S. to take democracy into their own hands and bypass the rule of law such as the need for Congress to debate any possible impeachment of the President. In fact, impeachment itself could be seen as the ultimate “red line” because of this being the so-called last resort for U.S. lawmakers in terms of removing the President from The White House.

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Clayton Hutson Makes World Music Tours Possible

If you are a major band or singer in the music industry that wants to tour the world, who would you go to? Based on a recent interview with The Bro Talk, Clayton Hutson would be the man to go to.

Hutson in 2005 did a tour of Europe Australia and North America as a monitor engineer. He did a tour with a band called One Republic and the tour was called the Hone Civic Tour. This tour went to Asia and North America in the months of July, August, and September.

According to this interview, Hutson started his own business after developing a number of marketable skills. After a recession, he thought it would be a good time to use his skills to create his own company. He knew that starting his own business would be risky, but he had enough confidence in his talents that he would be successful.

Hutson attracts new clients based on his reputation. His good reputation comes from being careful about what he does and working long efficient hours. They also like his dedication and professionalism. His reputation also encourages his clients to recommend him to other potential clients.

Hutson does have certain habits that allow his business to succeed. One habit that helps him succeed is that he goes over and over the work until it is perfect. He knows that if he makes just one mistake or a series of mistakes, his hard-earned reputation could be damaged beyond repair. Another habit that helps him is that he lists every task and chore that he has to perform for a particular day or tour. Another habit is using his imagination to create a picture of a particular venue and always thinking about projects that are coming up.

The success of his business also comes from the fact that he has been passionate about music since he was a child. He used that passion to make a career in music. It certainly helped that he worked with high-profile clients like Pink, Guns and Roses and Kelly Clarkson before starting his business.

Due to his reputation and experience, Hutson should be the man to go to to put on a world music tour. Learn more: https://reporterexpert.com/kid-rock-tour-big-success-thanks-clay-hutson/

Sujit Choudhry – Mueller’s Firing Would be a Democratic Failure

Sujit Choudhry is a well respected expert in constitutional law. He has assisted countries from all over the world in establishing a democratic constitution and now teaches law at Berkeley. His role as an adviser has made his possible to travel the globe. Sujit’s work has taken him to countries like Jordan, Libya, South Africa, and Egypt.

Sujit was recently given an entire chapter in a recent book to describe his thoughts on former Attorney General, Eric Holder and a tweet Holder published in December of 2017

“If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both,” Holder wrote on Twitter. Holder was referring to Robert Mueller and his special investigation.

Mueller is leading the investigate into Russian interference in the 2016 election. People have been speculating since Mueller was appointed as to whether Donald Trump would make an attempt to fire him.

Holder’s tweet is simply stating that should Donald Trump fire the special investigation, citizens, not the government will be the ones to decide whether it is okay or not.

In the chapter, Sujit Choudhry  goes into great detail explaining what he believes Holder really meant by the tweet. Sujit says that there are two possible meaning of Holder’s tweet: he is either being literal or figurative. Either Holder believes that citizens will protest upon the firing of Robert Mueller or he is simply stating that the firing of Robert Mueller is a boundary that should never be crossed. Sujit says that the firing of Robert Mueller would be no different than a US President attempting to extend term limits. The firing would go down in history as a democratic failure.

Read http://releasefact.com/2018/04/sujit-choudhry-disintegrating-democracy/

One thing that Holder didn’t mention in the tweet was criminal repercussions. According to Holder, civil unrest is probably the only repercussion of a Mueller firing. “It is striking that Holder, once the nation’s chief law enforcement official, does not even mention a legal challenge to attempts to obliterate Mueller’s authority,” Sujit writes.  Additional article on blogs.law.nyu.edu.

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