Several years ago I read a book about the Constitutional Convention. I don’t remember the title anymore, but I remember that the author explained that near the end of the Convention one of the delegates wanted to give Congress the power to make salutary laws, which the author explained are meant to govern people’s moral behavior. I thought at the time that it was strange that the author used the term salutary since the only other way I have ever known it to be used is to describe salutary neglect- the British practice of not rigidly enforcing some of the trade laws that Americans eventually objected to during the American Revolution. Well, it turned out the author used the wrong term. According to the Notes that James Madison took at the Constitutional Convention both Madison and then later another delegate wanted to give Congress the power to make sumptuary laws. This kind of law has to do with regulating what people can buy in order to reduce conspicuous spending- that often means someone is living beyond their economic means. These laws do not affect morality in terms of sex or marriage which is the impression I got from this book’s author when he described his salutary laws. At any rate the Constitutional Convention didn’t adopt Madison’s call for sumptuary laws and didn’t really debate the issue either because after being at work for several months already the delegates wanted to go home as soon as they could. The Convention generally concluded that Congress did not need an express power to make sumptuary laws because it could regulate moral behavior by exercising its other powers- namely to regulate commerce and levy taxes. Now, today America is a moral cesspool that our Founding Fathers would not recognize. We need laws to prohibit and punish immoral behavior like adultery and Sodomy. But I realize that in today’s political climate and the fractured political process that the Constitution set up no majority could be mustered to pass any laws to govern moral behavior. But I don’t want non-Christians’ immorality to bring God’s judgment on my country. I have always been opposed to secession. There is nothing in the Constitution to allow it and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled several times that the states cannot leave the Union and must obey federal law. But with more and more people in this country becoming more and more immoral, maybe secession should be an option. So I have a modest proposal to settle religious and ideological differences among the people of the United States: Congress proposes a constitutional amendment to the effect: 1. The preservation of the Godly heritage of the United States of America being necessary for the security of a free people the Congress shall have the power to make sumptuary laws for the maintenance of the Judeo-Christian society of the American People but no law shall be made to establish or maintain any congregation, denomination or sect to the exclusion of any other. 2. The approval of this amendment at the next election for United States Representatives after this amendment is proposed, by a majority of the electors for United States representatives in a majority of the districts for which members of a state’s legislature are chosen shall constitute ratification of this amendment by convention held in that state and this amendment shall not be operative except upon ratification by the conventions of three-fourths of the states. 3. Upon the ratification of this amendment any county or other political subdivision of any state in which two-thirds of the electors for United States representatives shall reject ratification of this amendment may in a manner and under such regulations which the congress shall determine by law, secede from the United States of America and from the state in which the county or other political subdivision is located and shall thereafter cease all allegiance and obligation to the United States and to the several states providing that the United States and the separate states shall retain ownership of any real or chattel property which is owned thereby at the time at which this amendment is ratified and the United States shall retain sovereignty over the territorial waters and airspace of the United States as determined by the laws and treaties made under this Constitution and the residents of such counties that secede shall be assessed by the United States according to the per capita debt of the United States at the time of secession.