“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” These famous words by John F. Kennedy were a call to action for citizens of the United States to do what is right for the greater good.
In America, no issue can be more important than what amount of attention should be devoted to one’s rights and responsibilities as a member of the society. The responsibilities of a citizen include knowing one’s rights, understanding the rules that the government has enacted, and abiding by these rules for one’s own wellbeing in service to the community and government. At present day, some citizens no longer follow the ideals of true American patriots, and this can be seen when able-bodied adults refuse to work but instead rely on welfare, and companies deny citizens the much needed jobs by closing shops here and exporting jobs to other foreign countries where they maximize profits for personal benefits at the expense of America. Every citizen plays a vital role in society; this entails fulfilling their responsibilities as good citizens and defending the rights given to them by the government.
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, citizenship is defined as a “relationship between an individual and a state in which an individual owes allegiance to that state and in turn is entitled to its protection. Citizenship implies the status of freedom with accompanying responsibilities. Citizens have certain rights, duties, and responsibilities that are denied or only partially extended to aliens and other noncitizens residing in a country” (“Citizenship”). Being a citizen of Camden, Arkansas, and the United States of America requires having the desire to engage children in more structured activities outside of school in order to keep them out of trouble and possibly prison one day. Citizens of Arkansas want to see jobs stay in the state permanently. Those same citizens hate to see companies come for a few years, get rich, and...
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