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Responsibility of Citizens
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the most important duty of a U.S. citizen. They are designed to help people get along with one another, prevent accidents, make sure resources are used fairly. If the people do not obey this; our government cannot maintain order, protect our health, safety, and property.
This pays for government things. This pays for firefighters, teachers, make roads, fund prisons, etc. There are these on many things.
Defend the Nation
All men aged 18-25 have to register for the draft. Since the Vietnam War, our entire military is composed of volunteers. The government has the authority to use the draft if needed.
Serve in Court
Since the Constitution guarantees trials by jury, every adult citizen has to be prepared to serve on a jury. Only a good reason will get you excused from jury duty. People involved in this case rely on fellow citizens to reach a fair verdict. Citizens also need to serve as witnesses at trials.
Almost every state requires you to go here until you are 16 years old. You need to attend this place to build knowledge and skills to make good decisions. Through school, you learn how to solve problems, form opinions, and express your views clearly.
Every day government leaders are making decisions that affect your life. As a result, your responsibility is to be this of what the government is doing. This way you will be able to voice your opinions on matters you feel strongly about.
Speak Up and Vote
The people are the source of all government power because of "popular sovereignty" - consent of the governed. When you are 18, you need to vote. Voting is one of a citizen's most important rights and responsibilities. By voting for leaders, we give consent of the governed to make decisions. Thoughtful voters study who all the candidates are and what they stand for before voting. They also regularly check to see what the elected leaders are doing. Voting allows for a peaceful change in leadership. You can call, write, email your representatives to act on your interests and express your views/opinions.
Respect Others Rights
Everyone needs to respect others rights to enjoy your rights. Citizens have the responsibility to show respect to others property. Vandalism and littering are more than being disrespectful, they are crimes. Many laws are for respecting others rights.
It is important to respect the civil liberties of others. Even if you disagree or disapprove of another person's beliefs or practices; they have an equal right to them. One of America's strengths is our diversity. There are no degrees of citizenship, all are equal.
Contribute to the Common Good
Responsible citizens are willing to contribute time, money, and effort to help others and improve the community. Communities and governments need people to participate if we want our communities to thrive.
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