We talk a lot about the Rights and Privileges that the US Constitution and the other laws of the land provide us here in the United States. We expect that these things are sacred and beyond even the thought of removal from the average citizen. Yet we rarely look at the opposite side of the coin.... the Duties and Responsibilities of a Citizen.
I've long wondered why, considering the great length the Founding Fathers went to in enumerating the Rights of the the People, there is no wording or section of the US Constitution or its Amendments discussing the Duties and Responsibilities of the People. These men were neither fools nor imbeciles and they had to comprehend that Rights and Privileges generally come with certain Duties and Responsibilities. Yet there are none mentioned in their Founding document. Nor is there really anywhere in any of their correspondance that I have ever seen, read, or heard about. That has always confused me.
My personal take on it is that they were incredibly naive individuals who believed that society and the citizenry could be expected to instinctively know, understand, embrace, and carry on the traditions of their time period when it came to what was expected of the citizenry. Obviously that has not happened to any measurable level.
I'm intersted to hear other's opinions on whether such Duties and Responsibilities exist, either in writing or just in the general course of society; what people think they are; and why there was no enumeration of them.