Bayh lived a life of purpose, service

Former Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana died earlier this month at the age of 91.

To list his achievements, the New York Times had to run a full-page obituary. Among them, he was the architect of two constitutional amendments: the 25th Amendment which set out the rules for the temporary replacement of a president or vice president, and the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18. He championed Title IX legislation, the landmark federal law which barred sex discrimination at schools and colleges

Since 1788 when the Constitution was ratified, more than 11,000 amendments have been proposed. Only 27 have been ratified and only two people in American history managed to write...