The world has changed significantly over the last few decades, and one of the biggest advancements is the generally accepted notion that constitutional democracies are the most effective and fair form of government. Sujit Choudhry of Berkeley is a professor who specializes in such content, and he has devoted his life to politics and constitutional democratic law. He recently published an article outlining what he sees as the biggest problem with constitutional democracies, and that problem is, basically, that such systems allow for the possibility of infiltration by parties that might not want to continue utilizing such a style of government.
Choudhry points out that such a situation happened in Poland a few years ago and is technically still happening. A radical right-wing nationalist party somehow got elected as the majority in the nation’s legislature, and that gave them the access to and the means to alter the existing Polish constitution. Even though they used what could be called ‘proper protocols’ to perform each change, they essentially reworked the entire constitution to ignore everything that wasn’t in favor of their party.
According to the Berkeley professor, it is highly likely that something like that could happen in America under Donald Trump. Since Trump took office, he has often portrayed behavior that could be called authoritarian or autocratic, but he has yet to cross any hard lines in the constitutional sand. However, some believe it’s just a matter of time before he does something that crosses the line, which will be the real moment of truth.
Read more about the professor and his work on http://constitutionaltransitions.org/director/#Choudhry
Choudhry points out that the real threat to the constitutional democracy of the United States is the unwillingness of the American people or the politicians surrounding Trump to stand up to the president and force him to live by the rule of law just like everyone else. Without doing so, the president will essentially have unlimited power, or at least he will belief that to be the case. At that point, Trump’s presidency will transform into Trump’s dictatorship. We’ve finally reached a time in which weapons aren’t necessary to overthrow a society as long as you are willing to play by their rules. For more of his views, check iconnectblog.com.