Presentation on theme: "What can we do? What should we do? RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE UNITED STATES CITIZEN."— Presentation transcript:
What can we do? What should we do? RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE UNITED STATES CITIZEN
a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible a person or thing for which one is responsible Synonyms: Duty Obligation Province That which is due to anyone by just claim, legal guarantees, moral principles, etc.: women's rights; Freedom of speech is a right of all Americans. a moral, ethical, or legal principle considered as an underlying cause of truth, justice, morality, or ethics. RIGHTS VS. RESPONSIBILITIES WHAT IS A “RIGHT”?WHAT IS A RESPONSIBILITY?
RIGHTS OF A UNITED STATES CITIZEN Right to vote in elections for public officials. - VOTE Freedom to express yourself. Freedom to worship as you wish. Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury. Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship. Right to run for elected office. Other rights as outlined in the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Amendments **AS PER THE UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A UNITED STATES CITIZEN VOTE 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. Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” 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. **AS PER THE UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT THESE… PERSONAL RIGHTS – apply to you directly, protections from the Government POLITICAL RIGHTS – rights you can exercise in daily life ECONOMIC RIGHTS – rights to have regarding jobs, finances, etc.
WHAT ARE THESE RIGHTS? These rights are the basis of citizenship in the US These rights apply to all citizens and to most “ people ” These are the basics of protection for each one of us as we live our lives In ways, they are still defined by the courts They are split into three categories Personal Political Economic
PERSONAL RIGHTS Freedom of… Thought Conscience Expression Association Movement Residence Right to Privacy HEAVILY UNDER DISPUTE – uses 9 th & 14 th Amendments
PERSONAL RIGHTS (CONT.) Personal autonomy Due process of law Free exercise of religion – 1 st Amendment Equal protection of law Equal Protection Clause – 14 th Amendment
POLITICAL RIGHTS Freedom of… Speech Assembly Press Petition the government All from the First Amendment Right to… Vote Run for public office
ECONOMIC RIGHTS Right to… Acquire, use, transfer, and dispose of public property Choose one ’ s work & change employment Join labor unions/professional associations Establish and operate a business Enter into lawful contracts Copyright protection Just compensation for the taking private property for public use. Make money legally to no limit Much of this ties into the idea of Capitalism (we will discuss later)
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