student and later an aide to a Texas legislator, who made its ratification his calling. The necessary number of states finally ratified on May 8, 1992, and the amendment received congressional approval despite the long hiatus between proposal and ratification which called into question the idea of contemporary consensus specified in Dillon v. Gloss. 114
Like earlier controversies over the Fourteenth Amendment, the unsuccessful Child Labor Amendment, the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, and the unused constitutional convention mechanism of Article V, this controversy indicates the need for fresh thinking and renewed attention to the key which is capable of unlocking the Constitution. 115 That is the primary purpose of this book.