To keep the country strong and orderly, the framers decided on 3 branches of government. Name the 3 branches of government. Name who leads each branch. President (AKA – Chief Executive. Supreme Court. Congress. 8.9: How Should the Chief Executive Be Elected?.
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To keep the country strong and orderly, the framers decided on 3 branches of government.
Name the 3 branches of government.
Name who leads each branch.
President (AKA – Chief Executive
8.9: How Should theChief Executive BeElected?
The framers agreed to 3 branches of government, but who would head the new government’s executive branch.
Charles Pinckney urged the creation of a “vigorous executive.”
Alexander Hamilton warned that when dealing with more than one leader, "there is always difference of opinion".
James Wilson proposed that
a single person serve as the
chief executive. (a person
who is responsible for the
admission of business.)
A sudden silence fell over the convention.
The very idea of a single executive brought to mind memories of King George III.
Wilson declared that good government depends on clear, timely, and responsible leadership; leadership, that is most likely to be found in a single person.
Edmund Randolph disliked this proposal. He preferred a three member executive drawn from different parts of the country.
Benjamin Franklin also opposed a single executive, butfor different reasons.
“The first man put at the helm will be a good one,“ Franklin said. “Nobody knows what sort may come afterwards.” The next chief executive, he warned might be overly ambitious or too fond of war.
In spite of these objections the framers agreed to a single executive, called the president.
To keep this leader from becoming too king-like they limited the president’s term to four years.
A vice president would be elected to fill that term if the president died in office.
Some delegates wanted Congress to appoint the president.
Governor Morris was concerned that then Congress would control the president and say, “You owe your appointment to us.”
Several delegates thought that the people should elect the president.
Madison, however, argued that voters would naturally vote for someone from their own state. As a result, this method would not be fair to candidates from small states.
Still others suggested that the president be elected by a specially chosengroup of “electors” from each state that would be able to look beyond state interests
to make a wise choice
for the entire country.
Q: Given all the struggle over how the leader of our country should be chosen, why did the framers continue to look for a solution?
A: They knew that without a plan for order, the election process could turn into chaos/disorder.