Are you a Citizen?

Am I a U.S. citizen?

You are if you were born in the United States, which is the easy way, or if you have been naturalized, which is the hard way.
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Are my neighbors citizens?

They are definitely citizens of somewhere, and they probably are or could be citizens of the United States.
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What does it mean to be a citizen?

In a legal sense, being a citizen means that you can go about your business without much interference from the government.
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Is there some benefit to being a citizen?

Yes, but the benefits depend not only on the country where you live, but on the state in the United States.
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Is a citizen different from a subject?

A citizen through the political process tells the government what it can and cannot do; a subject is told by the government what he can and cannot do.
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Do I have to make big sacrifices if I am a citizen?

You must obey the law. Involvement in politics and voting is voluntary.
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Do I have to join the military and maybe risk my life in a war?

Not now. The United States military is volunteer group, but there is a growing movement toward national service.
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Will I be treated better if I am a citizen?

Treated better? Perhaps, you may feel more secure and respected and less subject to discrimination.
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What’s the difference between citizenship and my national identity?

Citizenship has to do with how you are treated legally. Nationality has to do with how you feel emotionally.
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Is citizenship possible only in a democracy?

Citizenship depends on law, not on government.
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If I get involved in politics, do I have to listen to other people’s opinions?

Do you have to or should you? You do not have to, but you should.
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Should I get involved in politics when I don’t know anything about the issues or government?

Do you know what you consider right and wrong? That’s all it takes.
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If I'm a citizen, may I rebel against government?

You may already rebel every time you vote.
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