civics - /'siviks/ noun 1. the study of the rights and duties of citizenship

We hear a lot about rights these days - duties not so much.  As citizens of the United States we are endowed with several rights, most famously the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Our right to property is also considered an inalienable right.  Those listed in the Bill of Rights are also considered inherent to us as humans.  But what about our responsibilities? 

Although voting is often discussed today as a right, it is, in fact, a responsibility.  As citizens of a free country, we are responsible for understanding the foundation of our country and electing people who will uphold and strengthen that foundation.  We are responsible for following the laws enacted by the people we elect and enforced by our judiciary. 
Recognizing our civic rights and understanding our civic duties is essential to maintaining the system of government our founders envisioned for America and ultimately to preserving our freedom. 

"It is not the function of our government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error."
 Justice Robert H. Jackson


Civil Government in the United States, John Fiske
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The History of Freedom, Lord Acton

The Proper Role of Government, Ezra Taft Benson

The Law, Frederic Bastiat

The Rights of Man, Thomas Paine

Are You Liberal, Conservative, or Confused?, Richard Maybury

Government 101, Laura Petrisin

The Making of America, W. Cleon Skousen

Basic American Government, Clarence B. Carson

The American Tradition, Clarence B. Carson

Foundational Principles of Good Government, Michelle Copher

Keys to Good Government, David Barton

The American Patriot's Handbook, George Grant

The Theme Is Freedom, M. Stanton Evans

The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie

The American Presidency, Charles O. Jones

The U.S. Supreme Court, Linda Greenhouse

We The People, Center for Civic Education

Who's Counting, John Fund and Hans van Spakovsky

The U.S. Congress, A Short Introduction, Donald Ritchie