United States On What Things Should The President Have Sole Decision-Making Power?  

Ryleigh Nucilli
667 votes 143 voters 34 items

List Rules Vote up the issues you'd like the President to be able to unilaterally decide upon; vote down the ones you don't want dealt with that way.

Article II of the Constitution outlines the US President's right to broad control and discretionary power within the Executive Branch of the US government. This is referred to as the "executive power" of the office of the President; the term most closely associated with this concept – "executive order" – doesn't actually show up in the language of the Constitution. Moreover, per a Supreme Court decision, a President's exercise of executive power through executive orders is still bound to the Constitution. That is, executive orders must still adhere to the rules, rights, and amendments of the Constitution.

But what if that wasn't the case? What if the President could make unilateral decisions about the most important social issues or crises of a given moment? In this imagined scenario, which issues would you like to see the President exercise unilateral executive power to make happen?

Vote up the issues you would support the US President making solo decisions on; vote down the ones you wouldn't want that process to apply to.

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32 1
Nothing; the President should not be able to unilaterally decide on anything.

2
35 4
Repealing previous presidents' executive orders

3
34 7
Creating tariffs on the import of international products

4
28 8
Legalizing marijuana

5
20 6
Legalizing gay marriage

6
18 8
Appointing Supreme Court justices

7
26 16
Declaring war

8
24 16
Legislating immigration

9
11 4
Placing sanctions on other countries

10
11 6
Creating environmental regulations to help manage climate change

11
10 5
Securing the US/Mexico border

12
10 5
Brokering deals and negotiating with foreign powers

13
19 16
Protecting the death penalty

14
18 16
Criminalizing gay marriage

15
18 17
Outlawing the death penalty

16
13 13
Mandating universal healthcare

17
5 5
Establishing new government departments

18
4 4
Appointing new cabinet members

19
5 6
Legalizing abortion

20
4 5
Closing military bases and detention centers

21
4 6
Negotiating for US hostages

22
3 5
Declassifying information

23
2 4
Designating funding for specific government departments

24
3 6
Classifying information

25
9 13
Pardoning convicted criminals

26
3 7
Firing Supreme Court justices

27
2 6
Creating military bases and detention centers

28
2 6
Banning certain groups from inclusion in the military

29
10 16
Deciding appropriate levels of coercion and punishment for terror suspects

30
2 8
Ordering a nuclear attack

31
2 9
Ordering targeted assassinations

32
1 7
Outlawing abortion

33
1 8
Regulating firearms

34
1 8
Criminalizing marijuana