Citizenship 101

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Rights and Responsibilities of a Good Citizen

Citizens have certain rights and responsibilities to take action as we strive to become a “more perfect union”. We embrace our differences and have been called a ” melting pot” because we accept many different people from different placed and beliefs. We have prospered as a nation by learning from our mistakes and will continue to prosper as long as we unite as citizens. Civil discourse is embraced while violence and bitter assaults on those who disagree should be discouraged. 

The rights and responsibilities of a citizen, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  are as follows:

Rights as a Citizen 

  • Freedom to express yourself.
  • Freedom to worship as you wish.
  • Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury.
  • Right to vote in elections for public officials.
  • Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship.
  • Right to run for elected office.
  • Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Responsibilities of U.S. Citizens

  • Support and defend the Constitution.
  • Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
  • Participate in the democratic process.
  • Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
  • Participate in your local community.
  • Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.
  • Serve on a jury when called upon.
  • Defend the country if the need should arise.
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The Revolutionary War was fought from 1776 to 1783. The new country leaders begin writing The Constitution of the United States of America, which is adopted in 1788, 5 years after Freedom was won by our brave fighting men and women.

The Constitution of the United States Main Points

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility,provide for common defense,promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States. 

Article I.  Established our Government’s legislative structure with a Congress which is made up of a senate and a house of representatives.

Article II. Established the Executive branch of our government which is the portion that oversees the day to day functions of the government.

Article III. Establishes the Judicial portion of our government and the court system. 

Article IV. Establishes the States and federal government relationships.

Article V.  Establishes the method for States and the Federal Governments to make Amendments to the Constitution.

Article VI. Establishes that the United States Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land and all members of the government must swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. 

Article VII.  Ratifies the Constitution. This included the names of the representatives of the original 13 States. 

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