What right did Mr. Lincoln have to prevent the South from breaking away from the Union in 1861? Was it the same right George III had to prevent the American colonies from breaking away from the Empire in 1776? Consider, in this regard, the political and cultural divisions that exist today between roughly the same north-south, red-state, blue-state division of 150 years ago, over such present-day issues as global climate change, abortion, school prayer, immigration, creationism, homosexuality, political compromise, monetary stimulus, social safety net, environmental degradation, coastal drilling, minimum wage, government regulation, gay marriage, euthanasia, trickle-down economics, fracking, gun control, Common Core, and American Exceptionalism, to name some of the more obvious issues. Might these deep divisions in fact represent irreconcilable differences? Might it be time to say good-bye: blue to red; red to blue? Would a permanent separation even be possible?