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.