How a College Student Changed Congressional Paytags: U.S. Congress
Jesse Rifkin is a journalism and political science major at the University of Connecticut.
Gregory Watson's college essay received a C — and changed America.
The next time someone goes on about how one citizen can't make a difference in this country or how the political system cannot be changed, tell them the story of Watson and the 27th Amendment. On Constitution Day, Sept. 17, the power of the individual citizen in America is not dead.
In 1982, a University of Texas political science professor assigned an essay about the governmental process. Watson, then a student, came across a long-forgotten constitutional amendment proposed in 1789 and chose that topic for his paper....
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