Return to Common Sense
June 19, 2013
Section: Introduction – Rights and Responsibilities
“Citizenship is earned and it comes with civic rights and responsibilities”
“We, in America, do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” Thomas Jefferson
Philosophy (Background, Issues, Objectives):
Rights are entitlements or permissions usually of a legal or moral nature.
· Rights do not impose an obligation upon others.
- Anything that violates either of these restrictions is not a “right” at all.
- Anything called a “right” that does not meet this definition is really a goal or objective.
Being a USA citizen is a privilege with associated responsibilities:
- Common language.
- Common moral values.
- Common set of laws.
- Representative government.
- Respect for country heritage.
Naturalized citizenship requirements are fairly simple:
- Lawful entry as a permanent resident.
- Continuous residence in the U.S. for at least five years prior to filing petition for naturalization.
- Physical presence in the U.S. for at least half of the period of continuous residence.
- Read, write, and speak good English.
- Knowledge of U.S. history and understanding of the fundamentals of our government.
- Good moral character and attachment to the principles of our Constitution.
- Swear an oath of allegiance to the Constitution and the U.S.
o Renounce all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, and state.
Immigrants continue to voluntarily flood into this country (legally and illegally).
- Culture of freedom.
- Personal safety.
- Economic opportunity.
Rights of citizenship are enumerated in the Constitution.
- Citizenship is voluntary.
- The Bill of Rights are the first ten amendments to the Constitution.
- Constitution guarantees the right to pursue happiness, not to achieve happiness.
Citizenship includes responsibilities:
- Abide by American culture and language.
- The price of citizenship is service to the country.
- Jury duty is a service obligation.
- Voting is a civic responsibility.
Personal responsibilities are the flip side of rights:
- It’s your responsibility to pay your own way.
- It’s your responsibility to take care of your children.
- It’s your responsibility to look out for future generations of Americans.
- You have a responsibility to be an informed voter.
- You have a responsibility to support and defend the Constitution.
- You have a responsibility to put America first.
- You have a responsibility to be a good person (honesty, honor, godliness, industry, respect for the law, morality, and truthfulness).
Short Term, Require all citizens adopt the American language and culture:
- Learn the English (national) language (understood for centuries, but never stated as such).
- Learn and respect American history and culture.
- Abide by American morals and laws.
Long Term, Require all citizens fulfill their American responsibilities:
- Every citizen must have a national identification (identity, voting, paying taxes).
- Every citizen must vote (enable e-voting).
- Every citizen over 18 years old must perform a minimum of three years of national service between the ages of 18 and 24.
“Make English the Official Language!” by Dave Gibson dated April 18, 2005 published by American Daily at http://www.americandaily.com/article/7481 .
“We the People… of the United States” in a speech by Mitchell Aye, dated July 6, 2005 published on http://www.oilstick.com/humor/wethepeople.htm .
“What about My Rights?” by Jan Larson, dated February 27, 2006, published on American Daily on http://americandaily.com/article/12119 .
“Citizenship: The Precious Legacy” by Thomas Lifson, dated March 29, 2006, published on Real Clear Politics on http://www.realclearpolitics.com/printpage/?url=http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/03/citizenship_the_precious_legac.html .
“A lesson on learning English as America debates new laws” by John Hughes, dated July 5, 2006, published in Christian Science Monitor on http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0705/p09s02-cojh.htm .
“Citizenship Bargain” by George Putnam, dated December 8, 2006, published on News Max at http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2006/12/8/84649.shtml .
“The Rise of the ‘Civ-Cons’” by John Fonte, dated January 29, 2007, published on National Review Online at http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=YjU3Nzg0ZDcyMDFhOGVmNzc4MWQxOTVlMDM0YzM2Njg= .
“Newt’s Philosophy” by Paul Weyrich, dated January 31, 2007, published on Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/PaulWeyrich/2007/01/31/newts_philosophy .
“Entitlement is a Disease” by Herman Cain, dated February 6, 2007, published on Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/HermanCain/2007/02/06/entitlement_is_a_disease .
“Time to Put English First” by Newt Gingrich, dated February 12, 2007, published on Human Events Online at http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=19394&keywords=time+to+put+english+first .
“Thank You for Not Voting” by Burt Prelutsky, dated November 5, 2007, published by Town Hall at http://www.townhall.com/columnists/BurtPrelutsky/2007/11/05/thank_you_for_not_voting .
“7 Responsibilities You Have As an American” by John Hawkins dated June 7, 2011 published by Town Hall at http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2011/06/07/7_responsibilities_you_have_as_an_american .
“Personal freedom requires personal responsibility” by David Coughlin dated January 31, 2012 published by Intellectual Conservative at http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2012/01/31/personal-freedom-requires-personal-responsibility/
“Pride and Privilege” by Tom Doenges dated July 15, 2012 published by Canada Free Press at http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/48076 .