From the article: "When you hear charges today that the federal government is overreaching, and the idea that the Constitution recognized us as a league of sovereign states -- these were all part of the secessionist charges in 1860."
4 ways we're still fighting the Civil War (By John Blake, CNN April 11, 2011 9:07 a.m. EDT)
I don't think things are anywhere near that bad right now, but this is the danger of following the current political path. Maybe not another Fort Sumter, but I do fear more Oklahoma City style attacks. 9/11 ended those threats for a time, but I could see things heading back in that direction if the rhetoric does not tone down a bit.
But this is only one theme touched on by this article. Over all, it is very interesting and offers up a lot of food for thought. This has been a big topic recently with the 150th Anneversary of the start of the war. I've heard and seen quite a bit on this subject, most of it excellent, but this is one of the better articles I've read so far.