The United States Constitution doesn’t mention them. And they’re often shoved through the nation’s political system by brute force. They are presidential executive orders, and they are one of the most powerful tools that the commander-in-chief has at his disposal. Using executive orders, presidents have rammed through very important decrees that have enacted changes to silly things (like the formatting of orders) to the very important, like changes in civil rights of American citizens. Can you match the executive orders in this quiz to the men who signed them?
Early in our country’s history, presidents rarely used executive orders. But in the 20th century, all of that changed — leaders began signing hundreds, or even thousands, of these orders during their reigns, er, terms. Just as Franklin Roosevelt, who set the bar by signing more than 3,500 executive orders while he was in office. Do you know any of FDR’s signature orders? How about the men who preceded him?
Executive orders sidestep many of the bureaucratic bunglings in the American political system. In the same vein, they aren’t subject to Congressional review, making presidents seem more kinglike and less democratic.
Dive into the history of executive orders now! We’ll see if you really know your presidents and their agendas.