The federal government has decided it's more important than the states. Dammit, Alexander Hamilton should have won way back when. :p I mean, I don't mind having a common currency, but I really don't like the idea that the federal government has an army, or that it can exercise some measure of control over what I do in my own state.
The fact that America is becoming a more hateful nation doesn't surprise me either. We're getting more and more extreme on either side ... and neither is willing to listen to the other.
Something's gotta give.