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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 57. Does the Constitution Work in a Crisis?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43617


The Framers of the Constitution understood the need for the government to be able to respond energetically in a crisis, and they believed that the quality necessary to do so was “energy.” In order to make energy more likely, the Framers constructed an executive composed of one individual. A single executive should avoid the crippling differences of opinion and rivalry that mark plural institutions, like Congress.

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  • David Crockett ( - dcrockett) 'Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas'