The Importance Of Being A Good Citizens

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Does the public display of one’s character skew the onlooker’s perspective of good or bad citizenship? According to the article "What Does It Mean to be a Good Citizen?" By Charles Bens, the answer is yes; citizenship encompasses actions that one exhibits toward the nation, state, group, or cause that one belongs to. A citizen is a native or naturalized member of a state or nation who owes allegiance to its government and is entitled to its protection (Dictionary.com). Allegiance is the loyalty or commitment of a subordinate to a superior or of an individual to a group or cause (Dictionary.com). Allegiance indicates belonging and ownership, but it also creates a sense of requirement on the part of the citizen. Citizens of the United States …show more content…
is defined by the freedoms that it extends to its citizens. The Constitution recognizes a number of inalienable human rights, including freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial by jury (Leebrick). The guarantee of such rights has created extreme growth within the boundaries of the U.S.A. People all over the World set their sights on living under the protection set forth that allows one to be themselves, to worship how they wish, to say what they want. The very foundation of the U.S.A. was created by immigrants who themselves sought freedom from an oppressive government. The United States Constitution guarantees these freedoms to citizens, whether they are born within the boundaries or naturalize, regardless of the citizen’s allegiance to the …show more content…
In August 2016 Colin Kaepernick, a professional football player for the San Francisco 49’ers, was on the receiving end of verbal attacks when he refused to stand during the playing of the National Anthem at the beginning of a professional football game. Mr. Kaepernick attempted to use his public persona to call attention to a personal issue he had with a policy of the U.S.A. Although he did draw national attention, the spotlight on his grievance was weakened when the main story became public outcry against his perceived disrespect for the U.S.A. and its customs. The reasons for his protest were lost in the melee that followed when other citizens of the U.S.A. saw his actions as irreverent and disrespectful and responded with great outrage. While displays of patriotism can invoke a sense of pride in a citizen, displays of perceived disrespect, especially when done by a citizen of the U.S.A., can create an intense desire to reject the

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