Then the Supreme Court decided Dred Scott, I doubt that they intended to split the Union apart, probably the opposite.
When Chief Justice Roberts engineered the decision that allowed states to opt out of the Medicare expansion, I suspect that he too had no such intent.
But that may be the consequence.
As the data on state budget implications of the Repeal making its way to the Senate becomes frighteningly clear, it is starting to seem as if the result will be to put opt-in (generally blue) and opt-out (generally red) states on fundamentally economic and political paths.
In Blue states, the economics and politics will do deep damage to the Republicans, with likely single party domination in many more blue states. The reverse will be true in red states, at least until the voter rolls expand — and every effort will be made to prevent that.
At what point, with the states divided into single party red, and single party blue, how long till various forms of secession start to be appealing to both sides? Remember that the right’s obsession with state’s rights tends to blind them to the advantages of the Federal role.
A frightening prospect. But when one party stops representing a huge swathe of the country, that is what happens.