Great Compromise Period One

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"Be wise, compromise!"

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Emily - Print Journalist
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Taylor - Facebook/Tech
Kimberly - Video Journalist
Izzy - Debator

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"Be wise, compromise!"

Orator: Text of Your Speech

My esteemed peers, I stand before you all as both a friend and a concerned college, Concerned with the direction that this new country is headed. Is it not our dream to have our thirteen states united? Is it not our dream to build this country anew? Is it not our dream to be free of the bonds of tyranny? We are headed for disaster, for war, for the blood of our children spilled upon the ground. We are headed for another revolution if this sort of disagreeable form of action continues. We must put aside such disagreements. The bickering between such proposed ideas only furthers us from our agenda. I beg, no, I implore this convention to act now to prevent further division from these states. It is imperative that we formulate a plan in which both sides are equally satisfied.

It is foolish to assume that any state is of lesser value than its neighbor. We are all of the same flesh, bone and blood. We are all of this new country called America and as the parents of this infant we must do our best to nurture it to fruition. We cannot perpetuate this ideal of one state being of greater value. We must also not allow the other side to be victorious. This is due to the obvious truth that if one side should get the nod by this convention then the other side would surely revolt. This in turn would reinforce the fool notion that America is weak. We are in fact quite the opposite and I feel it to be our as Americans duty to disprove such accusations.

I propose this as a solution. I ensure that both parties shall be more than satisfied with what I have to offer. I propose that both plans are implemented in this new republic. Now before any sort of harsh criticism is poignantly hurled my way, let me say this. Both of these plans can coexist if everyone agrees to what I have to say. I shall begin by addressing the Virginia plan. On paper this plan proposes that the larger the state the more representation it should get in government. For the solution I propose two separate braches of legislature. One called the House of Representatives and the other the Senate. The House of Representatives would include a number of delegates from each state. The number, however, is determined by the size of the state. The senate on the other hand will only allow two equal members from each state. This in turn should satisfy both of your needs and still allow for our beautiful America to thrive. This Great Compromise of sorts is only the beginning to what is to become one of the greatest countries in existence.

Debater: Possible Objections to Plan and Your Replies
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The small states have such a small population compared to the big states so in reality it's as if they are getting twice the amount of say.
The state have to surrender their power to the national government after they had just received their independence from Britain. They won't want to let go of their power.

In the House of Representative, there will be proportional numbers of representative from each state. The Senate is all equal representation.
Even though the states have to surrender their power, they will essentially gain more power in Congress with the ability to have a say in the law making. No, the laws are not completely up to each state, but each state has a say in the direction Congress goes. They haven't lost power, they have just gained an organizer of their power.

Print Journalist: Write-Up of Convention Activity

On the morn of October 07 2010, the Constitutional Convention came to order, an occasion like no other where delegates of every plan: Virginia, New Jersey, Crispus Atticus, Dixicrat Bloc, and of course the Great Compromise met to debate about the future of this newborn Nation. The Virginia Plan
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started forthwith, stating that they needed more representation than others (hint, hint), so as not to be negligent to the larger states. New Jersey answered back with fire in their hearts, pleading for equality and unity of all states. Virginia tried to reassure New Jersey that that they have “the best interest of unity in mind”, but New Jersey didn’t budge, quickly declaring that all states sent soldiers to fight for the infant country so there should be an equal representation. Obviously upset by this last remark, Virginia let their true thoughts escape saying in a heated tone that more people should get more say, regardless of state or size. At this point the valiant delegates of the Great Compromise stepped forward to cool the violent waters of which this debate had become trapped in. They had this to say, that equal representation would prevail, that two separate branches of legislature be established, one composed of proportionate representatives of each state (House of Representatives), and the other having only two members from each state (Senate), therefore combining elements of both plans. To which the other delegates responded with looks of awe and amassment at the revolutionary proposal. The debate continued with the Dixicrat Bloc airing their concerns about restrictions on slavery. They articulated that slaves are better of in the hands of their master, where they are “feed” and well taken care of, the Crispus Atticus reps quite artfully responded with the fact that we are better now that we have freed ourselves from mother England, and the slaves would share the same fate. The Dixicrat Bloc claimed, that slaves are necessary to our economy, and asked where “the money was going to come from” if slavery was disestablished. The Crispus Atticus answered that there would be no drastic changes endangering the economy, but instead small steps to reduce slavery including taxes and tariffs. The conversation then turned to the quarrel between the Virginia and New Jersey plans , after Virginia declared that a unified government is more important than the issue of slavery, which sparked a response from New Jersey that “almost 50%” of states would be underrepresented and revert to being under the control of the English if the Virginia plan were to fall through. The juvenile argument continued with Virginia saying that “Our Virginia is bigger that yours [New Jersey]”, that they were here first and that a democracy can’t apply to all-just the majority. The Great Compromise chimed in that in the senate all would be represented equally; making all who listened to the discussion more enlightened about the world around them and causing everyone that heard these inspiring words to reevaluate every bad thing they have ever done….ever. The debate ended on this note making the Great Compromise superior to all other plans, and leaving their admirers teary-eyed at their overwhelming success.

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