Cansplained: Executive orders

Cansplain (v): (not to be confused with mansplain)

  1. to nicely explain something about the United States, to Canadians;
  2. vice versa.

Within minutes of one another, two people asked me to cansplain executive orders. Donald Trump is signing a lot of these, and people are distressed because they're seeming to do all kinds of terrible things. What are they?

You could, of course, read Wikipedia. Here's a fast-and-loose version.


Most of the work of government happens in a bureaucracy that's organized into units that I will call ‘departments’. There are some important differences:

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