The really sad part of this column is the the author probably believes the myth regarding Lincoln. The real causes of that war have many parallels to today, big government vs. freedom, slavery was a side issue. While slavery makes the war black and white (sorry for the pun) the real causes were not resolved. Also the way in which the 13 and 14 amendments were passed by the states was shamefull to say the least. The myth is easier to believe and makes use feel good.