November 30, 2018
Our Civic Duty
It is one of the most famous opening lines: "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States." While many Americans think of their basic rights when reading this, the Constitution uniquely assigns the responsibility for sustaining our country to its citizens … their civic duties.
Over the years, civic duties have come to mean many things. On a local level, it may include PTAs, volunteering, or holding office. On larger scales, Americans have organized to secure civil rights, act on climate change, or provide safety and welfare when natural disasters strike. According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the Department of Homeland Security, the civic responsibilities that all citizens should exercise and respect are: