Politics

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

Ryleigh Nucilli
707 votes 147 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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1
Nothing; the President should not be able to unilaterally decide on anything.
2
Repealing previous presidents' executive orders
3
Creating tariffs on the import of international products
4
Legalizing marijuana
5
Legalizing gay marriage
6
Appointing Supreme Court justices
7
Declaring war
8
Legislating immigration
9
Placing sanctions on other countries
10
Creating environmental regulations to help manage climate change
11
Brokering deals and negotiating with foreign powers
12
Securing the US/Mexico border
13
Outlawing the death penalty
14
Criminalizing gay marriage
15
Mandating universal healthcare
16
Protecting the death penalty
17
Establishing new government departments
18
Appointing new cabinet members
19
Closing military bases and detention centers
20
Declassifying information
21
Designating funding for specific government departments
22
Legalizing abortion
23
Negotiating for US hostages
24
Pardoning convicted criminals
25
Classifying information