Citizenship, a Right and a Responsibility…. Essay

1560 Words Sep 29th, 2000 7 Pages
When I think of America I think of freedom and citizenship. The right to vote or the right of free speech are aspects that, as citizens, we posses. Being born in America automatically gives you these rights and many more, and most importantly, you become a citizen. Now, with citizenship comes responsibility such as obeying the law and paying taxes. So if you follow these simple rules does this make you an effective citizen? This question, in my opinion, is almost impossible to answer for a number of reasons, which will be addressed in the following paper. It was extremely hard to come up with a clear cut answer as to what an effective citizen entails. I grappled with this term through many drafts and in the end came up with many …show more content…
murder and stealing, and pay their taxes, this makes them a good citizen. Another side that one might take is that a good citizen has to follow all laws including social laws like social toboo's such as swearing in public. The way a person is raised and their environment has a profound effect on there idea of citizenship. One right wing nationalist who was raised in a strict family might feel that the only way to be an effective citizen is to die for your country or kill in the name of your country. Then there is the average "Joe" who believes that good citizens follow the laws and are active in there community. The term "effective citizenship" can have so many different meanings and in most cases, each is as valid as the next, the term it is just taken or looked at, in a different way from person to person.
Another condition, in my opinion, that helps define effective citizenship is the time period it is being examined in. An example it that in the 1960's an effective citizen was one who would fight and sometimes die for there country. And the "bad" citizens were the ones that were protesting against the war and the draft. Today, we might look at those people who were protesting as being effective citizens, exercising there rights to freedom of speech. Another example of effective citizenship might also include a time period around the 1940's and 1950's when women may have looked upon

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