Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Grassroots Effort to Pass a Constitutional Amendment

Scanning my niece's Social Studies text last weekend, I came across a heartening section. It seems the 27th Amendment was passed in large part because of the efforts by a University of Texas student by the name of Gregory Watson.

In 1982, Watson was doing research on the ERA when he came upon the proposed amendment from 1789 that some states had already ratified. Some 202 years later, his grassroots letter writing campaign helped pass this amendment to help keep corruption from our legislative branch.

Despite the lengthy delay in ratification, legislators did not want to be on the wrong side of the fence on voting for their own pay come the next election.

Perhaps that's what will be the motivation for our politicians to vote for the proposed 28th Amendment to prohibit them from excluding themselves from any mandate they require for the rest of us Americans.

The petition is gaining momemtum, with signatures from one out of every five states so far. Please consider signing it if you haven't already, and encourage others to do so.

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