Why do Americans accept a Top-Down model of government & society?

While reading a revisited version of Thomas Paine’s: Common Sense, it intrigued my interest and I thought this could be a good topic of debate.

Why is it that Americans, as indigenous people, accept a top-down model of government & society today?  A top-down model of government follows this order & power-

top-down government:
1- federal government
2- state government
3- county government
4- city government
5- township/civic organizations
6- individuals/families