- Federalism is a system of government in which the powers of government are divided between a central government and several local governments. Our government works in a federal form by distributing the powers that they have on a territorial basis. Each state has its own government and governor. Each governor is selected by the people and is transferred into that state to be a leader.
Example: This image shows how the U.S. is broken into states, all with their own unique qualities.
Example: Gay Marriage. It's a state issue, not a federal one. Each state has the right to determine for itself if gay marriage will be recognized in that state.
Example: Legalizing Marijuana can only be determined by the government. It's not a federal issue but is a state one and can only be recognized in that state.
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