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    • He concluded that the 1789 amendment was still validly before the states principally because, unlike most recent proposed amendments, it has no internal time limit. Intrigued, he wrote a paper reporting and analyzing his discovery and urg- ing that the amendment be adopted. But Watson received only a "C" from his instructor, who told him that the amendment was a dead letter and never would become part of the Constitution.

      Despite the cold reception his paper received, Watson began and pursued a solitary, self-financed quest to revive the compensation amendment, encouraging state legislators throughout the United States to work for its ratification.


      I’ll finish up reading this and the other readings tonight and then respond.

      Brilliant shares!

    • Up way past my bedtime, however, that pdf of Watson’s quixotic quest for ratification was as good as any novel.

      I was completely unaware of the 27th amendment or that it was ratified in 1992 or that two states changed their vote from the 1700s. The fact that the amendment concerned delaying pay raises for Congress was an incentive for state legislators to pander to their constituents by passing it. And I think that’s an inherent danger in providing an overly long time frame for ratification. Thank you for expanding my perspective on this.

      I don’t know how well you remember the bicentennial of the US Constitution but I remember that some reckless congressmen at the time were clamoring for a Constitutional Convention as part of the celebrations.

      Scary to think if it had happened.