Originally Posted by New England
it's hard for foreigners to grasp at times the level of independence that states have. they govern themselves. the laws in my home state of MA are completely different from texas laws. the people are completely different, too.
you'll probably find european nations with more in common with each other than some states have in common with other states.
For example they don't have absolutely mental laws on the books sanctioning murder if you manage to contrive a situation that you could spin has "self defense".