I started this to have a serious discussion about the divide in this country between Blue and Red. Half a million Americans died to keep this country together but now I am wondering if it was all worth it. I actually started thinking about this when I took a trip this summer following my Timbers to Atlanta, Charleston S.C., and Savanah. I realized I felt more like a foreigner there then I have when traveling in OTHER COUNTRIES. Right now this country is like a marriage gone horribly wrong. We have moved through the stages of a relationship from unity after World War 2, to a slow inexorable movement apart due to such issues as Civil Rights, Vietnam War, Women's Rights, the role of Military etc etc. The past 4 years has been the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back. It is time for a divorce in my opinion. We are in a toxic relationship that is doing neither side any good and only causing unnecessary hatred and animosity. So I ask everyone what is the point in staying together? Why SHOULD we stay together. Relationships end; it is a fact of life. What do we as a people of these Red and Blue states stand to gain by remaining in this toxic cesspool? P.S. I am looking for real practical responses not some patriotic crap that sounds nice but is pointless.