We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the latter days of the Carter presidency, it became fashionable to say that the office had become unmanageable and was simply too big for one man. Some suggested a single, six-year presidential term. The president's own White House counsel suggested abolishing the separation of powers and going to a more parliamentary system of unitary executive control. America had become ungovernable.
Then came Ronald Reagan, and all that chatter disappeared.
Yes, it's that strange disease that hits most of the quibbledicks who tend to go in for government: the impulse to centralize everything in the view that the country will work "better".
It's certainly not confined to you folks down south. While I'm no fan of separatism - whether the Québec kind or the Alberta version - the decentralization of power in Canada down to the provinces and even below that to municipalities is, on balance, a VERY GOOD THING.
I lived in the UK for some time. The notion of firefighters going on a national strike there just flabbergasted me. If firefighters are unhappy with their pay in a Canadian or US county or city, that's a problem for municipal authorities, not the prime minister or the president!