We are blessed to live in the United States of America, and being a citizen of such a great nation carries with it tremendous responsibilities. Unfortunately, many of us don’t take our citizenship as seriously as we should. For example, one of those responsibilities is to vote in national and local elections. This is one that all too many Americans simply don’t take seriously. Another responsibility of citizenship is to serve as a juror when called in criminal and civil cases. Again, too many of our citizens try hard to avoid jury duty. The American jury system is critically important to the government and to all citizens. There are many other responsibilities, such as paying taxes and obeying the laws of the land, and the list goes on.
We are indeed blessed and most fortunate to live in a nation where the rights of individual citizens are respected and where all citizens have the right to be heard on critical issues – even those that are unpopular – facing our nation. Regardless of what we do for a living, or our social status, or the color of our skin, being a citizen of the United States of America is in and of itself most significant. Let’s take a look at what a distinguished member of the U.S. Supreme Court had to say about citizenship:
“The only title in our democracy superior to that of President is the title of Citizen.”
Justice Louis Brandeis, 1937
That was a very strong statement in 1937 when Justice Brandeis spoke his words, and those words are still true today. Like the overwhelming majority of the people in this country, I am very proud to be a citizen of the United States of America!
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