I've given this a good deal of thought, and I honestly can't understand why the US is, or should remain, one unified country. Look at the election map from last night. A huge sea of red, with blue on both ends and some at the top. I'm from Boston. I don't share the culture, the beliefs, the values, the religion, or the economic conditions of all of those red states in the south and the midwest. Let me be honest - I don't like those places, and I don't like most of the people who live there. And they feel the same about me and where I live, and anyone who says differently is a liar. You can wave "united we stand" flags and talk about being "proud to be an american" all you want, but at the end of the day, there are at least 2 countries here, if not more, and they have no business being associated with each other in any way more serious than as trading partners. The difference in culture and values is too great. I don't want those red states having any say over how my country is run, and they don't want people like me having any say over how their country is run. It makes me absolutely sick that the gay marriage ban passed by overwhelming margins in 11 out of 11 states. (I'm a straight, white male, btw.) It probably makes most southerners and midwesterners sick to think that there are married gay people in MA right now. In this election, whoever won, about 49% of the pekople were going to be sick at the thought of the next 4 years. With 2 countries, there would still be elections, but there would be much finer distinction - like the primaries are now. 49% of the country wouldn't rabidly hate their elected leader. The US is already 2 countries in every way that matters except governmental control. Why not just make it official?