The Constitution Guarantees Every Citizen Civil Rights

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(1) The constitution guarantees every citizen civil rights. Civil rights ensure that the government makes the constitutional freedoms a reality for all people. The rights of citizens include having the right to a trial, expressing yourself, and the freedom to worship or not. Other rights include the right to vote, the right to federal employment, the right to run for office, as well as the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Responsibilities of American citizens include supporting and defending the constitution, being informed about issues in the community, participating in the local community, participating in the democratic process, and respecting the laws. Some other responsibilities are paying taxes, serving on a jury, and defending the country as necessary. (2) U.S. citizens have political rights to keep the government from over-controlling them. Some commonly know political rights include the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and the right to petition. Other rights, like the right to resist, are more controversial. In Oregon, some schools were using history textbooks that had eliminated all of the negative things that America had done in the past. Citizens, including the students and teachers, began to protest. The people say that it is against one’s rights to deprive them of their country’s true history. (3) Economic rights ensure that every human is able to afford conditions that enable them to meet their needs.

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