Welcome to America
the home of the brave
What Are States and Why Do We Have Them?
What Does the Government Do for Us?
What's the Preamble and What Does It Mean?
In order to form a more perfect union means that the country will work together with all the separate states and that we as a country will keep striving for a perfect country.
Establish justice means that the government will create a fair way to interpret the laws
Insure domestic tranquility the government will make sure that America is peaceful
Provide for the common defense means that the states will all work together to defend the citizens
Promote the general welfare the government will assure the well-being of citizens will be as well taken care of as possible
Secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity this means that America’s freedom will be secured, not only for us, but for our future generations.
What Does This Picture Mean?
The federal and state branches of government are almost exactly the same. They both have three separate branches (legislative, executive, and judicial) that work together to ensure that no one branch is more powerful than the other. Although the state government is slightly different than the federal government, they are essentially the same and work the same way.
A citizen can become involved with the government by voting for electors (federal level) or by voting for the leaders directly (state level). They can also pay taxes to help support the government and obey laws to keep people safe.
What Does This One Mean?
What is Federalism?
Does Federalism always work?
To avoid another experience like Katrina, the government must work together and be prepared. Federalism can only work if everybody works together. Federalism can work if...
We make sure our public officials understand how the federal system of government works
Governments are prepared
Governments have emergency plans
Governments are able to communicate well
Governments know how to help
Governments are held accountable to ensure that the mistake doesn’t happen again
What Responsibilities Do I Have As a Citizen?
The responsibility of a citizen is something a citizen could do and should do for the betterment of themselves and their country. A citizen could vote for government leaders, volunteer to help the sick or the poor, or simply become involved with their local government.
The obligation of a citizen is something a citizen must do. If a citizen does not fulfill an obligation of the law, there can be serious ramifications. For instance, citizen must pay taxes, must go to jury duty, and must register to be drafted upon turning 18.
How Can I Contact Government Officials?
You would contact a Federal Congress member if you had a complaint, question, or request regarding something that the Federal government controls, or maybe to introduce an idea for a bill through the member.
The same is true at the state level. You would contact a State General Assembly member if you had a complaint, question, or request regarding something that the State government controls, or maybe to introduce an idea for a bill for a state law through the member.
You can find and contact your General Assembly member here
I have some more questions...
How can I register to vote?
You can find out how to register to vote here: http://registertovote.org/
How can I get a driving license?
You can find out how to get a license here: http://www.dmv.org/drivers-license.php
How can I get married?
You can find out how to get a marriage license here: http://www.usmarriagelaws.com/marriage_licenses/
How do I become an official citizen?
You can learn to become an official citizen here: http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship
How do I pay taxes?
You can learn to pay taxes, or pay them online here: http://www.irs.gov/uac/Pay-Taxes-by-Credit-or-Debit-Card
What do I need to know about opening a bank account?
You can learn to open a bank account here: http://banking.about.com/od/openanaccount/f/openbankaccount.htm
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