You have a Constitution + Bill of Rights ... correct?
How can you fight a Civil War under that Constitution?
Answer: You CAN'T.
Lincoln suspended the Constitution & BoR in order to fight the
Civil War (the Constitution being the very thing he was trying to
preserve! Presumably under the adage that "You can't make an
omelette without breaking eggs").
(Remember: He didn't give a damn about Slavery - and actually said
so - all he wanted was access to the resources of the South ...
'coz that's where all the resources are!).
That's when "Executive Orders" started.
The Constitution + BoR has never been "UN-suspended".
Which is why "Executive Orders" can continue.
After all ... "Executive Orders" are totally UN-Constitutional. The
Office of President was NEVER given the Constitutional power to
'Dictating' is reserved for Dictators.
It's also the reason why, if you try to stand on the BoR in a
Federal Court, you'll get charged with Contempt of Court (if you
(I don't doubt, for one second, that we'll find OUR British
Constitution was suspended because of our Civil Wars. Because - I
repeat - YOU CAN'T FIGHT A CIVIL WAR UNDER A CONSTITUTION. How can
you? The whole concept of a Constitution is to ensure CIVIL PEACE).