Meet John. John is a United States citizen because he was born on American soil. It does not matter where his parents were from, because when he was born in the United States, he was automatically a citizen. What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen? John knows all about what it takes.
John takes full advantage of his First Amendment freedoms, like the freedom of speech and the freedom of press. He practices these freedoms by writing blogs, twittering, and posting on Facebook.
John also practices the freedom of assembly when he goes to rallies.
John fulfills all the duties of a United States citizen. He obeys the laws, like crossing at crosswalks and wearing a seatbelt.
John pays taxes, as you can see on his paystub.
United States citizens must serve in the armed forces if they are called, but John volunteered.
John served on a jury when he was summoned.
Civic responsibilities are fulfilled by choice, the government does not require them. John chooses to keep informed on current events by reading the newspaper.
John did not have to register to vote, but he did and now he votes on each election day. Here John is using a computerized polling station.
John is such a good citizen that he voluntarily campaigned for office. The people voted, and he was appointed to an elected government office.
Voluntary civic and social duties address the needs of the community and serve the public good. John volunteers at his local soup kitchen because he is concerned for the welfare of the community.
John is a well-rounded citizen of his community and the United States. John is the All-American citizen.