Today on the radio show, Will Grigg (http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/) talked about punitive populists. Lew Rockwell talks about Red State fascists. Both of these labels offended me when I first ran across them. The Red States are the good states. The people of America are the salt of the earth, it is only their wicked government which ruins things. Maybe not.
Michael Rozeff (http://lewrockwell.com/rozeff/rozeff412.html) gives me at least one insight per article, usually more.
People aren't content with law and order (the protection of property). They want to use aggressive force to bend people to their will, be they neighbors or foreigners. The lust to dominate rules the hearts of middle America. This is the hook that the state uses to trick us into our own slavery -- the lust to make others our slaves.
The worship of force is the official religion of the United States. Elected officials are the eye-candy which tricks us into thinking force works to our benefit and we're not really being evil by using it against those we disapprove of (even if our disapproval is justified).
And later in the article Rozeff talks about how the state exacerbates the moral failings of the population.
I recommend the entire article. I can't do it justice.