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What Does It Take To Have A Constitutional Crisis?

The Constitution is something of an owners manual for taxpayers. But, like many an owners manual, it doesn't necessarily cover all the bases.

A constitutional crisis occurs at a moment when the Constitution is not enough to resolve a question or a conflict.

This could happen for several reasons:

  • The Constitiution can be silent on a given issue.
  • The Constitution can be ambiguous.
  • The Constitution is open to interpretation.
  • But the ultimate constitutional crisis would come if one side or the other were unwilling to budge in search of a resolution.

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