Friday, January 8, 2016

1928 War dept. citizenship training manual

From the DOD/WAR DEPT. 1928 citizenship training manual
21. Definition of citizenship. — Citizenship is that membership in a nation which includes full civil and political rights, subject to such limitations as may be imposed by the government thereof.
(notice it says civil and political rights, not natural unalienable rights)
29. Obligations of citizenship. — Active citizenship is gained only by becoming an enfranchised citizen of a State. This carries with it the obligation of a clear understanding of the principles of government and the courage to demand that these principles be not abridged.

Andrew Jackson said that every good citizen makes his country's honor his own. and not only cherishes it as precious, but sacred.

Lincoln declared: "I must stand by anybody that stands right; stand with him while he is right; and part with him when he is wrong."

It is essential that the individual citizen exercise his right of franchise — vote — as his paramount duty at all elections.

Uphold the Constitution as the one assurance of the security and perpetuation of the free institutions of America.

Practice self-government to assure good government for all.

Respect the rights of others, to assure the enjoyment of his own.

Contribute to the maintenance of his Government by the payment of taxes.

Obey the law as the first essential to law enforcement. Place service to country above service to self. Conform his conduct to the best interests of society. The opportunities and privileges of the American citizen are limited only by his individual ability, his personal habits, and conformity to necessary legal regulations.

 It is your obligation to exercise —

Care in your choice of occupation. Diligence in preparation for your task. Thrift to insure advancement and prosperity. Judgment in selection of companions. Integrity, honor, initiative, self-reliance, self-control.

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