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Obligations and Responsibilities of a Citizen

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Nicholas Amheiser

on 6 August 2014

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Transcript of Obligations and Responsibilities of a Citizen

Obligations and Responsibilities of a Citizen
Which is Which
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Learning Goals
• Students will distinguish between an obligation or duty and a responsibility as it relates to citizenship
• Students will recognize the concept of the common good as a rationale for fulfilling the obligations and/or responsibilities of citizenship.
• Students will identify the consequences or predict the outcome on society of citizens who do not fulfill their citizenship responsibilities.
The obligations of citizenship include those actions that citizens are required by law to take
Those actions that citizens should take for the sake of the COMMON GOOD.
Obeying the law
Serving on a jury
Defending the Nation
Attending civic meetings
Make a T chart
Obligation Responsibility
Petitioning the Government
Running for office
Paying Taxes
Citizens have a responsibility for selecting public officials who will represent their interests in government.
Obeying the law
Citizens and non-citizens alike are obligated to obey laws whether they agree with them or not. Citizens and non-citizens who choose not to obey the laws may be prosecuted for their crimes; non-citizens who choose not to obey the laws may also be deported.
Serving on a jury
The sixth amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides for a trial by jury in most cases as follows:

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed…”

Citizens who have reached the age of majority may be called upon to serve on juries.

Defending the Nation

Swear allegiance to support and defend the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the United States against all enemies.
Attending civic meetings
Civic meetings are ways for citizens to be active participants in their government.
Interest groups, political parties, candidates for public office, religious organizations, the media and public officials hold civic meetings in order to inform and learn from the public.

Make up your own list
Petitioning the Government
The right of individuals to come together with others and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests. This includes the right to assemble in public places, and the right to join an association.
Peaceable assembly is also understood as freedom of association. The U.S Supreme Court has upheld laws requiring general permits, as well as prosecutions for illegal demonstrations under certain circumstances.
Running for office
Running for or being appointed to serve in public office as well as serving in public office
Community Service
Community service is a donated service or activity that is performed by someone or a group of people for the benefit of the public or its institutions.

governments may require it as a part of citizenship requirements, typically in lieu of military service;
school may mandate it to meet the requirements of a class, such as in the case of service-learning or to meet the requirements of graduation.
Paying Taxes
Taxes support government functions. Legislatures and chief executives enact tax laws the same as they do other laws. The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows Congress to impose an income tax.
Community Service
Selective service
Selective service is a system by which men (both citizens and resident aliens) ages 18 through 25 register with the U.S. government for military service.
Obligation Responsibility
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