The Presidency And The New Jersey Plan Essay

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The Presidency Takes Precedent In Governing the People of the United States

In the winter of 1787 Congress decided that they wanted to get together to revise the previously written Articles of Confederation (Costly, 2009) in the summer. During the Constitutional Convention many problems were resolved, including who would run the United States and what they could do. This took the whole summer. On May 29th, Edward Randolph decided he would propose the Virginia Plan. In his plan he recommended the creation of a National Executive (National Endowment for the Humanities). In the plan the Executive was to be elected by congress, could only serve one term, and would have all the powers “vested in Congress by the Confederation” ( National Endowment for the Humanities). Congress would also be able to override the Executive’s veto. William Patterson had a different idea regarding the the Executive Power. He had is own plan, the New Jersey Plan. In contrast to the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan thought that the Executive powers should be more than one person (National Endowment for the Humanities). Patterson believed that the Executive should not have any veto abilities, and is eligible for impeachment by Congress upon the request of the majority of state governors. The only thing Patterson’s plan had in common with Randolph’s was that the Executive should only serve one term and be elected by Congress. A “Supreme Executive” (National Endowment for the Humanities) was…

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