From Adaptive Curmudgeon:
A Federation of 50 states has an inherent range of options. It allows people to move from places they hate (see: gun buffs in California) to places they favor (see: gun buffs in Texas). It allows each individual to seek their own habitat (see: hippies in California) and leave places where they’re unhappy (see: hippies in Texas). It’s bad to lock people in a place from which there is no escape (see: most nations in most of history).
That part’s serious. The rest of the post is pretty humorous. Because it, too is true.