Edmond Randolph and William Paterson were in a warm, mucky church on the warmest day in July. The year was 1787. They were there to debate about the Virginia and the New Jersey Plan they were going to try to come up with a compromise. Neither of them thought that it would be this hard.
"I think that if a state has more population then they should have more of a voice. Why should a state with a little population have the same say as a state with a huge population?" said Edmond Randolph.
"I think that each state should have the same say no matter if they have a big population or not. Well the big states have a lot of slaves and they are treated as property not human beings so they should not count as a human being. said William Paterson.
Africans have rights... and might be given their freedom... someday. But, they are still humans. Replied Edmond Randolph.
"House of Representatives should elect the Senate too. Do you agree with this, the Executive Branch should enforce the laws, the Judicial Branch should interpret the laws, and the Legislative Branch should make the laws? said Edmond Randolph.
William Paterson replies yes, I agree with that.
Okay, do you agree with this too, the Legislative Branch should be based on population, the Senate should have two people from each state, and there should be three branch of government? Asked Edmond Randolph.
"Even though that plan is okay, I still think that the Virginia Plan is better." said Edmond Randolph.
Sure, I agree with that, says William Paterson.
"Well, I... I...I think your plan is... dumb and stupid and does not make sense." Said Edmond Randolph in a very angry voice.
"My plan makes just as much sense as yours does." In fact it makes more sense than yours does," replied William Paterson.