Breaking point ? Hypothetically speaking - we just past one BP on November 2, 2010.
We survived that encounter. 1861 would be one that unfortuantely wasn't settled at the ballot box. That disaster -the Civil War- should never have happened. WE THE PEOPLE have more oversight, and leverage now then we have ever had in our nation's history.
One of my favorite quotes - Edmund Burke I think (?)- " Extremism ALWAYS brings about its own destruction". We are seeing that play out before our eyes with the Obama/Pelosi/Reed Neo-Marxism over-betting their "hand", and trampling the Constitution every which way . Their antics have awakened the PEOPLE. Now we just have to remain awake.