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What are your rights and responsibilities as an American citizen?

Published in Blog on November 30, 2018 by Convention Of States Project

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Being an American citizen is almost like being a superhero. As a citizen of this great nation, you possess amazing rights and privileges. But with those rights comes responsibility. 

Now, we know we're preaching to the choir. Your decision to support the Convention of States Project demonstrates that fact that you understand your responsibilities as an American citizen.

But we came across this chart of Rights and Responsibilities on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration website, and we appreciated the reminder.

Rights

Responsibilities

  • Freedom to express yourself.

  • Freedom to worship as you wish.

  • Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury.

  • Right to vote in elections for public officials.

  • Right to apply for federal employment requiring U.S. citizenship.

  • Right to run for elected office.

  • Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

  • Support and defend the Constitution.

  • Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.

  • Participate in the democratic process.

  • Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.

  • Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.

  • Participate in your local community.

  • Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time, to federal, state, and local authorities.

  • Serve on a jury when called upon.

  • Defend the country if the need should arise.

We have much to be thankful for living in the United States of America. Let's make sure we're each doing our part to ensure everything we love about our great country lives on.

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Almost everyone knows that our federal government is on a dangerous course. The unsustainable debt combined with crushing regulations on states and businesses is a recipe for disaster.

What is less known is that the Founders gave state legislatures the power to act as a final check on abuses of power by Washington, DC. Article V of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the state legislatures to call a convention for proposing needed amendments to the Constitution. This process does not require the consent of the federal government in Washington, DC.

I support the Convention of States Project; a national effort to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution, restricted to proposing amendments that will impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit its power and jurisdiction, and impose term limits on its officials and members of Congress.

I want our state to be one of the necessary 34 states to pass a resolution calling for this kind of Article V Convention. You can find a copy of the model resolution and the Handbook for Legislators and Citizens (which explains the process and answers many questions) here: https://conventionofstates.com/handbook_pdf

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Respectfully, [Your Name]

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