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Compromises of Political Ideals in Favor of Political Expediency The Constitution of the United States of America was a document that contained many compromises the balanced political idealism with political expediency Political idealism is the set of beliefs that the Constitutionalists ultimately wanted to achieve in the new government Political expediency limited and put off certain political ideals in order to achieve agreement between the states on a central government quickly enact the new government and to avoid controversial topics until a later time This caused a battle with ideals and realism in forming a new government When the Constitutionalists met in Philadelphia in 1787 many representatives had different ideas on how the new government should be structured the powers allotted to the central government and how much political power should be given to common citizens One Constitutionalist James Madison believed in a strong central government with a lower house elected by the people that in turn elected an upper house that elected the executive branch The amount of representatives given to each state would depend on the population of the state Madisons Virginia Plan would separate the national government completely from the states give the national government authority and give greater power in the national government to larger states This plan was very different from a plan suggested by William Paterson In Patersons plan called the New Jersey Plan states would only have an equal amount of representatives to the national government putting all states on a level playing ground Like the Virginia Plan the New Jersey Plan would allow the executive branch to be appointed by the legislative branch However the executive branch appointed members of the judicial branch instead of the legislative branch having this power In both of these cases the political authority of the citizens was severely limited Some believed that this political ideal was necessary in order to create stability Alexander Hamilton was one such person
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