According to constitutional expert Sujit Choudhry, there are a lot of factors that can threaten democracy. He said there are a number of “red lines” that should never be crossed in a constitutional nation. He cites many examples all the current political situation in the United States as just one example.
Sujit Choudhry notes that one area in which the United States would reach the point of no return would be if the current president sought to fire White House Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He urged peaceful demonstrations if something happened in that regard.
Of course, this idea of a “red line” was first noted in a tweet by former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder. There is no questioning the fact that Holder is not crazy about the potential president Trump has for firing Robert Mueller. However, he does note that whether it is an abuse of power would be best left up to the people (medium.com). Sujit Choudhry would seem to agree with this characterization, and he also mentioned other areas where politicians could possibly go too far.
For example, Sujit Choudhry would also be in agreement with the term limit provisions that many countries have in their constitutions for their presidential leaders. He believes that all world leaders should commit to serving no more than two elected terms. Of course, he can easily see where an autocrat couldn’t exploit a loophole and declare some sort of national emergency in a ploy to serve more than two terms. To put it mildly, that would be very unfortunate, possibly even bordering on a constitutional crisis.
Of course, the most blatant example of a wanton disregard for a country’s Constitution would be a military seizure of power, called a coup d’etat. While this is not actually been done in the United States, many scholars see the devastating consequences when it occurs in other countries. There is no questioning the fact that we live in very polarizing times. That is one of the main reasons why it is a good thing to have a constitutional expert such as Sujit Choudhry.