Contact Amanda Farnan Press Secretary (774) 571–3639 [email protected] A Duty to Serve February 25, 2020 What is democratic citizenship? In a democracy, citizenship bestows a unique package of private rights and public responsibilities upon individuals. These rights, including freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and a right to privacy, are familiar to many citizens. However, the United States needs to refocus on the civic responsibilities of being an American citizen. Due to an individualistic culture and a lack of military threats on home soil, public service is less prevalent in the United States today than in eras past. Citizens do not have a common enemy to unite against, so they concentrate primarily on their own ambitions. Our nation should increase opportunities for young people to serve and prioritize a rigorous civic education to foster a culture that promotes the common good and sparks young people’s desire to serve the country.