Re: "Don't tread on me" applies to ME, not you.
Not to mention that these same states are always the first in line to suckle at the Federal teat when it comes to grabbing Federal dollars.
And let's not forget that Tennesseans, in particular, would still be dependent on candle-light after the sun went down if it weren't for the Tennessee Valley Authority.
from the 3rd paragraph down:
"During the 1920s, Americans began to support the idea of public ownership of utilities, particularly hydroelectric power facilities. Many believed privately owned power companies were charging too much for power, did not employ fair operating practices, and were subject to abuse by their owners (utility holding companies), at the expense of consumers."