The Modern Democratic Backsliding By Professor Sujit Choudhry

While most of us are saying there is democracy development, constitutional experts have a wider eye and are seeing what many are myopic about. Professor Sujit Choudhry, a constitutional expert, and scholar, basically deals with constitutional law and politics research. He has discussed a wide range of issues including constitutional design, federalism, bill of rights, democratic politics and transitional justice among others. He has authored and written a lot on matters of comparative constitutional law and widely on Canadian law (blogs.law.nyu.edu).

Professor Sujit Choudhry has a professional perspective of seeing political unfolding and happenings. His recent publications have become a subject of discussion and have set some heads on fire where he discusses democracy in crisis which people view as democracy in progress. The tweet posted by Eric Holder, who is the former AG in Obama’s Regime, is one of the focus of this publication. Holder advocates for mass action to be taken if in any case Bob Mueller who is the State House Special Counsel is fired. He says this is an absolute red line and the voice of the Americans must be heard, check releasefact.com.

Sujit Choudhry sees this as democratic backsliding where the Attorney General is doing what the professor is referring to self-enforcement of the constitutional. It is quite surprising to see once a person who was a law enforcer has turned out to be against it. Every constitution is built around a certain focal point and one of them is the presidential term. Most the countries including the US the president is to rule for only two terms. What happens if he decides to violate the law and extend the term? The obvious thing is the chaos if this focal point is broken.

Many political leaders in the past have invoked the democratic mandate from the citizens which is out lightly democratic failure; this is what Holder’s tweet is all about. The constitutional democracy has received major threats from various leaders especially where the presidency is autocratic. Sujit Choudhry describes the political climate of various countries which is a threat to the democracy paying much attention to Poland and its Constitutional Tribunal, South Africa and Germany (medium.com). The anti-Muslim animus of Trump is also discussed in relation to the constitution. For the voice of the American to be heard, the courts must call autocracy exactly by its name. More about Sujit on sujitchoudhry.com

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