When one examines the mindset of those who support a centralized government structure, there is one common element that is found in both the Neo-Conservative model and the current socialist regime- fear.
During the W Bush years, many who sought protection from what they feared were willing to cede liberty and freedom in exchange for a perceived protection from bad things. Fearful Americans abided as wonton attacks on our constitutional rights were made right out in the open, all in the name of protecting their loved ones and themselves. This fear ultimately fed a centralized Federal government, growing it’s power and reducing rights of Americans to live a life free from intrusion.
What is happening now is not terribly different, though the regime has changed and the arguments are of a different variety. Why are Americans willing to give control of their health care to the Feds? The reason for many is a fear that otherwise the care they need will not be available to them, again a model of fear and control.
The arguments raised by statists and central power supporters against state sovereignty are also fear based. Some fear that a sovereign Southern state would re-instate racist policies. Others fear that conservative states would limit the left’s sacred right to abortion.
Liberty and freedom require courage to exist and fear is corrosive to them. This lack of bravery must be met with one assertion- that when the people wrest power away from Big Brother that a new era of personal responsibility will fill the gap. It will be the responsibility of the southerners to ward of racist cruelty. It will be the responsibility of Americans in each state to take an active role in their government, should we suceed in keeping our republic.