final semester project

Rights and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizens range from...


Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Religion

Right to vote

Right to fair trial


Follow the laws

Participate in governmental process

Pay taxes honestly

Respect others rights

A civic responsibility is something that you SHOULD do as a citizen. This can mean helping your community by recycling, volunteering, and/or helping others in their everyday.

A civic duty on the other hand is something every citizen owes to their nation, whether it is following the laws enforced, paying taxes, and/or participating in the voting process.

Lifelong Civic action to me is when someone feels as if they did the hardest work possible to make their country the best it could ever be.

"The 6 Principles" that formed our nation

Popular Sovereignty-the concept in which governmental power is primarily ruled by the people to create, change and/or abolish government. This can be recognized by voting and other participation with government.

Federalism-the concept in which powers are divided equally between national, central, and regional governments.

Limited Government-the concept in which everyone, no matter who they are, must obey the laws set in the Constitution.

Judicial Review-the concept in which the Supreme Court can pronounce laws, and determine whether or not actions of local, state or national rights are unconstitutional.

Separation of Powers-the concept in which different jobs are assigned to different areas of government such as legislative, executive, and judicial branches.

Checks and Balances-the concept in which the abuse of power in a government branch is limited by the other branches.

These principles lead our country in the positive governmental direction it needs to be successful in the present and coming future.


Local governments are people such as mayors in a town and help to better the direct community. Local is similar to State because they make decisions on moral beliefs, such as supporting a certain religion. Local is different from State because the State makes educational decisions, unlike Local, who doesn't have control over schools. Local is similar to National because the rules at a Local level are similar to those at a National level. These two are different because the National level of government has the right to create and enforce laws, but a mayor does not have that right.

State governments are the ones who lead the state as a whole and make laws set upon the people living in that state. State is similar to a National level of government because both can set laws and enforce them, unlike the Local government. State is different from National because at a State level marriage beliefs can be determined, unlike at a National level, where they do not have that power.

National government is the highest form and is run by the President of the United States. The president, along with the House and the Senate, plus more, have power over both the State and the Local governments. This shows the complex difference between the three.

Watch the video below to learn more on the Election Process

Congressional Elections: Crash Course Government and Politics #6

Political Actions

"Political Actions" are ways in which Presidential Candidates get peoples attention to vote. The most effective ways these candidates promote voting is through commercial adds, posters, billboards, letters, etc. Each one of these products used has their motives on them, showing the people what they would do differently for our country. All of these actions impact the local, state, and national government because if that person were to be elected it would have a grave change on the country as a whole.

Establishing Laws

Local Level- Laws at the Local level are called ordinances and are made when a town council or mayor see a conflict within the community, and know a way to solve it. They present that idea to the town council and then have the community vote on it. If the idea is passed by the people then it becomes a law for that community.

State Level- When a law is being made and enforced at a State level, it is the same process as the Local level, but more people are involved in the voting process. The idea is presented to a board and then sent to those applicable to vote. If the idea is passed, it becomes a law.

National Level- A bill is how laws are made at the National level. A bill begins as an idea and is proposed to a Representative. That Representative introduces it to the House of Representatives and those people decided whether it is worth discussion. The bill is then sent to a committee and is debated then voted on. If the majority of the votes are for it, it becomes a law.

Global Systems

Rights and Responsibilities all over the world...

1. Responsibility to understand ones own perspective

2. Respect principles of cultural diversity

3. Make connections and relationships with those of different cultures

4. Understand that people interact with each other differently

5. Global Issues should be understood and dealt with in a proper manner

What is the United States role in current world affairs?

Our job is to defend our society. The U.S. along with defending our own society has given promise to countries in trust to protection. Our American principles, from the beginning, were that we protect those in danger, so if a country we have treaties with is attacked, it is our responsibility to help them.

Each link is hyperlinked to the websites I used to find the information for that standard.