What does it take to be a good citizen of the USA?

@miamilady (4910)
United States
October 4, 2009 9:19am CST
First off, Thank you, to whoever added this as an interested. I wasn't aware of it until a recent discussion made me aware of it. I figured this might be a more appropriate place to ask this question than the "politics" interest. This isn't about "right" or "left". It's about what you think each and every one of us who lives in the USA should be doing as a responsible citizen. Minimum requirements? Above and beyond? Whatever you think is relevant... Thanks.
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@home415 (118)
• United States
4 Oct 09
Listen to the law. Though some laws shouldn't exist for some resons. Doing that knowing whats right and wrong.
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• United States
4 Oct 09
Stand up for what you believe in. Be honest and true to yourself, and what you believe in. Be willing to fight for your family and your country.
@DavidReedy (2379)
• United States
21 Oct 09
Good citizen: 1)No your Constitution, your rights, and your responsibilities. 2)Follow the law, when said law is Constitutional, just, and moral. 3)Participate in the political process: vote, contact your politicians, run for office. 4)Pay your taxes. (See number 2 for exceptions). 5)Volunteer in your communities, be self-reliant, and do what you can to minimize the need of burdening your fellow citizens. 6)Be just and defend those enduring injustice. 7)Hold politicians and law enforcers accountable to the law, the Constitution, and to the people. Hold the government accountable. 8)Educate yourself, concerning political process and the history of our nation. That's all I can think of for now.
@celticeagle (142320)
• Boise, Idaho
9 Oct 09
We need to respect those in office. We also need to be aware of things around us and of the sacrifice that men and women are making every day so we can be free and live the way we do. We need to take care of our land and our way of life and never take it for granted. If you see someone doing something wrong I think it is our responsibility to report it. We need to remember the history of our country and what brought us to where we are now.
@kutedarsu (254)
• India
9 Oct 09
To be a good citizen first you have to be a good person. ONE Important aspect for being a good citizen is to help people. Another important thing is to have an active participation in our community like Voting Maintenance of the streets ..Then giving respect toward the people that like around us we have rights they have them tooo.. Remember little action make the differences
@kutedarsu (254)
• India
9 Oct 09
I can say its a duty of a gud citizen.. Paying all Taxes, Register for the draft when you turn age 18. Voting, Obeying all the state, city and National Laws..
@venshida (4836)
• United States
4 Oct 09
I would think Abide by the laws in place. Stand up for what you believe in. I think taking advantage of the many blessing this country have to offer, and appreciate the greatness.
@jillmalitz (5131)
• United States
6 Oct 09
Well I would say that obviously we need to respect the laws and learn about our Constitution. We should also learn about the history of this country and why it has been founded the way it is. Many would also say that we must be sure to do our civic duty and vote or do jury duty when called. I find it bad that new citizens frequently know more about our country than those of us who were born here. Politics is only one part of the whole.
@Hatley (163905)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Oct 09
miamilady To be a good citizen in the USA you must be willing to do whatever you can for the better of your country, and the best way to start doing that is to care about your neighbors. We should uphold city and federal'laws, work hard to support our own families so others do not have to do it for us, We should extent help to those in need'in our own towns, even on our own streets. We should be willing' to donate time and money to causes that help the poor and the ailing.Finally we should each of us extent a hand to anyone we see who is in need of help. OUr motto should be what goes around, comes around. Minimum requirements,obey'the law, work to support your own family , and help anyone in need,
@savypat (20217)
• United States
4 Oct 09
I think taking responsibility for your life is one of the most important things, if you do that no matter where you live you will be a good citizen. In the USA we have more opportunity to do this then we would in many other countries. It means taking an active role in your community, voting, being educated about things that are going on in our country and taking the time and effort it takes to guard our freedoms, if we don't take this time we will loose them one by one. OF all this being an informed voter is in my mind the most important, I live is a relatively little populated state and this means I always feel like my vote makes a difference. When I lived in a heavily populated one I didn't always think so but I have always voted anyway.
@lynnemg (4529)
• United States
5 Oct 09
In my opinion, being a good citizen means that you are honest, trustworthy, and that you do what you can to help your fellow man. A good citizen should abide by the laws, the Rights, and the Constitution of the United States. He/she should not only abide by them, but also respect them. THis is a country known for freedom and opportunity and a good citizen should recongnize that and rather than try to destroy those things, they should do what they can to stand up for them. Rather than bash others for having different beliefs or try to change everything, they should be thankful that they have those freedoms and Rights. Being a responsiblw citizen, in my opinion, should include all of the above as well as other things such as being honest and trustworthy. We should be able to allow our children to play outdoors without having to worry about them being abducted, we should be able to send them to school, church, or even our neighbor's house wihtout worrying that they may be harmed in some way. We should look out for each other and do what we can to keep people safe. Also, I feel that, basically, a good and responsible citizen thinks of others and how their actions effect others. They do what they can to be productive members of society, whether they are able to work or not. They lend a helpful hand when they can, and they live an honest life.
@millertime (1394)
• United States
7 Oct 09
Well, I think that there is a lot that we should all do to be good Americans. First of all I think that everyone should know the history of this country and how it was created. Every citizen should read the Declaration of Independence and most importantly, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Then re-read them regularly so one doesn't forget what they mean. A good American should be honest and do honest work, be a productive member of society and not a dependent of it. We should all obey the law, be an honorable and moral person. We should live by the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments. And I don't care what religion you are, it doesn't matter, the Ten Commandments are good words and good rules to live by. Every good American should be well informed, keeping up on current events and news and active in our political system. Whatever political beliefs you subscribe to, know who your congressman and senators are and write or email them regularly to let them know you are involved and where you stand on the issues. Know the issues and how your elected officials vote on those issues. And speaking of voting, every American should vote in every election. There is no excuse for not voting and if you don't vote, you can't complain about things not being how you want them to be. Last but not least, be charitable. There are always people that need help and people that are able to help, so help when you can because someday you may be the person in need. I'm sure there are many other qualities we could have and things that we could do but I think if everyone lived by these simple premises, we would be ok.
• United States
5 Oct 09
First thing above all, one MUST take action in the political process. By that I mean voting and being well informed on the issues. Not that protesting andpassing out fliers are not part of it, but we need more well informed voters, not just ones who will vote because of the color of a candidates skin color. There are other things that I believe but these two are the most important.
@wlee9696 (595)
• United States
7 Oct 09
First you need to speak English. You need to be natural born or legal immigrant. You need to support yourself (yes I know millions of Americans do not support themselves and I don't consider them good citizens). You need to abide by all laws. If the law needs to be changed then go through the legal system and get it changed - don't ignore it. Be willing to give a hand up but don't ask me for a hand out. Be willing to fight for your country and ALWAYS SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! You may not agree with the war - politicians decide on the war. These troops ensure that everyone in the US (and in many places across the globe) have the right to express their opinions and vote for their leaders. Be involved.