25 Things The President Of The US Can’t Actually Do

It seems as if this year’s US Presidential election has people a little bit more high strung than years past. Some may try and lead you to believe that the fate of our world rests on how you vote this November; however, the power of the Presidency is not unlimited. In fact, our whole government is a system of checks and balances, and despite being in a very powerful position, the President is surprisingly limited in both their power and personal life. Let’s take a step back and examine 25 Things The President Of The US Can’t Actually Do.

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Interpret Laws or The Constitution

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Does the 1st amendment cover free speech on the internet or no? That judgment is not up to the President. It’s actually up to the SCOTUS (Supreme Court Of The United States), the Judicial Branch of the Federal Government. This is the highest court in the land as the name implies, and it has the final say on interpreting what a law means. The President has no say in these judgments.


Choose Members of the SCOTUS on their own

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The Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment, meaning that once appointed, a Judge is in for the rest of his or her life unless they choose to retire. Having to replace members is a somewhat rare but serious matter as they’ll hold position longer than the President. Judge Antonin Scalia, who passed away early in 2016, was appointed by Ronald Reagan and approved by the Senate in 1986. While the President does have the job of nominating someone, that nomination has to be approved through the Senate, and they have the power to reject a Presidential nomination.


Legalize Medical Marijuana

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In order for this to happen, Marijuana would have to be reclassified by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) from a Schedule I (controlled substance, no medical use) drug to a Schedule II (for medical use but have a high risk of abuse) drug. The DEA recently confirmed they won’t be doing that anytime in 2016. States still have the power to allow marijuana for medical and recreational use on a state by state basis.


Legalize / Criminalize Abortion or Any Other Controversial Medical Procedure

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Choices for things like abortion (including when during pregnancy a woman could have an abortion) and medically assisted suicide for terminally ill patients rests with individual States, not the Oval Office.


Halt Deportations or Grant Amnesty to All Illegal Immigrants

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President Obama himself has tried to place a temporary ban on deportations of illegal immigrants living in the US via Executive Order, and it was blocked by the SCOTUS.

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