Sujit Choudhry on the Power of the People to Claim Democracy

Sujit Choudhry is a re-known law professor who has had a stellar career in constitutional law and politics. Choudhry has traveled the world working in twenty countries where he has helped to solve political and legal affairs. The very well-known Centre for Constitutional Transitions has aided this work; he acts as its director. Currently, Sujit Choudhry has been traveling the world carrying out activities such as designing plans for nations that want to transit from dictatorial set-ups to democratic set-ups, designing the constitution in societies infested by ethnicity, among other duties (constitutionaltransitions.org).

Recently Sujit Choudhry has written a publication which contains a chapter that he dissects a tweet by Eric Holder, the former US Attorney General. In the tweet, Eric Holder cautions President Trump against firing Special Counsel Bob Muller, who is investigating him on whether he conspired with the Russians to win the 2016 presidential elections. Eric warns the President that by doing so he will be crossing a red line and people will protest his actions.

A Political Analysis of the Tweet

In analyzing the tweet, Sujit Choudhry uses two concepts. First, he cites the constitutional boundary and second is the people’s power to determine if the president has abused his power. Sujit Choudhry points out that Eric Holder tweet is based on the idea that the constitution self-enforces itself, which is the focal point. Sujit Choudhry also points out that the law should govern the expectations of citizens and officials when exercising their powers and privileges. Sujit Choudhry also wonders why Eric Holder did not point out the legal difficulty President Trump would face in firing the Special Counsel Muller.

Another focal point that professor Choudhry addresses are presidential term limits. He points out that the presidential term limit in the United States is two terms of four years each. Sujit Choudhry says that any autocrat would like to extend his or her time in power by attempting activities such as dissolving congress, suspending elections or declaring a state of emergency. Such acts would most likely prompt, the opposition to mobilize citizens to move to the streets to defend democracy. Keep up with Sujit, check on Youtube.

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