The Preamble to the United States Constitution states: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America” (U.S. Const. pmbl.). While the United States Constitution was created in order to form a more perfect union, it is up to us, as citizens of the United States, to uphold all that has been established within this union. In order to do that, we all must fulfill our responsibilities as citizens. For me, citizenship is an entitlement that everyone is obliged to uphold; therefore, I try to follow through on my responsibilities as a citizen of my community, country, and world.
Being a citizen of the United States has many responsibilities, and it is my duty to follow through with these responsibilities. In order to do this, I must employ my rights and act dutifully. To fulfill my responsibilities as a citizen, there are many things that I do. First, I exercise my right to vote. This right to vote is one that requires me to pay attention to my government, for a citizen’s time and attention to the government is necessary in order for a democracy to function properly. Furthermore, I make sure to obey the laws that the government has created. These laws play an important role in upholding the ideals that were stated in the Preamble of the United States Constitution. Finally, another important responsibility that I oblige to as a United States citizen is paying my taxes. Taxes allow this country to function successfully; therefore, it is important for me to fulfill my responsibility of paying taxes.
While being a citizen of the United States has many responsibilities, there are also many other responsibilities that go into being a good citizen of a community. In order for me to be a good citizen of my community, it is important that I recognize the rights of others and respect them. Everyone has the right to their own opinions; I must be respectful of all opinions, whether I agree with them or not. Additionally, it is important for me to help others within my community. Whether this help takes place through community service or just through the act of helping an elderly woman carry her groceries, all acts of good will serve to make the community a better place to live.
Although being a citizen has many responsibilities, there are also many rights that coincide with citizenship. As a citizen of the United States, there are many rights that I cherish deeply. Among these rights, there are a few that I especially cherish. For me, the most valuable right is the 1st Amendment right to freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly. Being Catholic, I am especially grateful for the right to choose my religion. My faith is a big part of my selfhood, and I would not want to be any...