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Lecture Outline, 1/31/08 The Framers: Gods, Devils, or Politicians? Madison’s Virginia Plan Watering Down the Virginia Plan Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances Selling the Constitution Evaluating the Constitution Today
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Framers as Gods, Devils, or Politicians? Traditional view: Framers as Greatest Generation Garrison: “agreement with hell” Beard: Economic self-interest Alternative: Practical politicians dealing with difficult political situation
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Madison’s Goals Strengthen National government vs. states Give large states more power than under Articles Insulate government from popular passions
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Virginia Plan Bicameral legislature – both apportioned by population Lower chamber directly elected. Lower chamber elects upper chamber from lists generated by the state legislatures. Wide authority to legislate Veto over state laws (can use military if state fails to comply) Council of Revision (executive and judges selected by Congress)
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One chamber
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