The Virginia Plan
Today is a good day to be visiting Montpelier as it is the 214th anniversary of Madison’s proposal for the Constitutional Convention known as the Virginia Plan. It is a fairly complex plan with three branches of government including a bicameral legislature. One can easily see the complexity arise from Madison’s attempt to reach toward consensus and agreement from several diverse, strong-willed and opposing factions. We see a bit of government for the wealthy, for the populous, for the merchantile, for the agrarian, for those wanting strong centralized leadership and those wanting autonomy. All woven together in a complex interacting system that produced the outline of the U. S. Constitution.