No matter which of the 50 states, of the United States, that you are in, there are two governments.
Our country is great -- not because our leaders are greater than those of other countries -- but because our constitutions separate the powers of our leaders. For example, we have three separate branches of government which are lead by different people.
Besides separating our federal government into three branches of government, our government is supposed to be separated another way. The federal government is supposed to have separate duties than the state government does.
Like other kinds of separation of powers, separating the federal government from the state governments also makes our system of government better than it would be if we had just one government, the federal government. This kind of separation of powers is called "federalism".
The roles of the federal government and the state governments are specified in their respective constitutions.
We always hear about the constitution, but in each of the 50 states of the United States, there is not merely one constitution, but there are two constitutions; one for the United States, as a whole, and another constitution for each state:
Although the U.S. Constitution is "the supreme law of the land", this doesn't mean that the federal government is supposed to be supreme over any of the state governments. To the contrary, the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, states that any power not explicitly given to the federal government, nor prohibited to the state governments, is a power reserved for the states and for the We the People.
A big problem that we have today, is the federal government's increasing power, at the expense of the powers of the states and of We the People, of the United States.
Power, in the United States, was intended to be closer to the People, headquartered in the state capitols -- not headquartered in Washington D.C.!
I believe that the federal government is exceeding its constitutional powers, but what can we do?
"The state governments were never intended to be 'branch offices' of the federal government!"
"Democracy is best when it is within driving distance!"