Pros And Cons Of The Constitutional Convention

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The Outcry The Constitutional Convention proved to solve the paradox of democracy because it created a strong government that balanced its powers equally. The “Great Compromise” is an example of how to address the minority rights and majority rule without resulting in anarchy or tyranny. The Government should use more compromises that will benefit both the minority and the majority equally. The Constitutional Convention took place because “the Articles of Confederation proved to be too weak to govern its citizens” (History). The Articles of Confederation were written to promote the minority rights since the colonist feared the majority rule. As stated by Professor Randall, “the colonist experienced tyranny at the hands of their King, [King George III], and thus limited the power of the National Government, while giving more power to the states” (Richard Randall). “Each state retains its sovereignty, freedom, and independence, and every power, jurisdiction, and right, which is not by this confederation expressly delegated to the United …show more content…

Governor Edmund Randolph of Virginia proposed the “Virginia Plan”, which[Proposed] for a new form of government and called for the number of votes each state received in Congress to be based on population rather than each state receiving one vote” (Kelly Munson). The Virginal Plan also favored a bicameral legislature, which was intended to favor the bigger states because representation in both houses would be based on population. To counter this plan, William Patterson proposed the “New Jersey Plan”. Patterson’s proposal favored “the idea of a unicameral legislature in which all states would have an equal number of votes” (U.S. History). In order to resolve the dispute between the bigger states, majority rule, and the smaller states, minority rights, a compromise was

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