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
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.
With the President in charge, the executive branch recommends federal laws, controls national defense, and deals with foreign policies. Vetoing laws, being chief of law enforcement, and commanding the Armed Forces are directly the Presidents job.
Congress being the head, the House and the Senate work together to make laws and enforce them. The House of Representatives specifically pass laws and derive spending bills. Impeaching officers, and approving treaties is left to the Senate body.
Commanded only by the Supreme Court, this group of people have the right to decide upon cases involving states' and national's rights, review laws, and interpret the Constitution accurately. This Branch is at the upmost importance in all of criminal and civil justice.
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
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.
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