View Poll Results: What do you consider your duties as an American (mandatory and moral)?

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  • To vote

    22 68.75%
  • To care for our fellow citizens

    23 71.88%
  • To defend our homeland militarily

    23 71.88%
  • To defend our interests overseas militarily

    1 3.13%
  • To pay taxes

    22 68.75%
  • To work

    21 65.63%
  • To own guns

    6 18.75%
  • To have Faith

    2 6.25%
  • To promote freedom here and abroad

    15 46.88%
  • To challenge injustice

    21 65.63%
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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    There are no duties as an American, even voting. Not voting can be an expression of Americanism itself.

    Show me where in the constitution there are "duties".

    Duties are expectations people impress on others to reach their wishes and objectives.

    I don't owe you a thing.

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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I voted "to pay taxes" because that's my legal obligation. My sense of patriotism disappeared yesterday. I have no president.
    Paying taxes isn't really a legal obligation unless you become moderately successful, as is evidenced by a large number of Americans who don't pay income taxes. Imo, it really sucks that you have the choice to live as a pauper and not pay taxes, or achieve the American dream and pay for that accomplishment. Taxes are way too high for everyone paying them, and I don't consider it a moral obligation, nor a legal one, unless I put myself in the position of having to. It's basically a penalty for having intelligence, work ethic, and the drive to succeed.
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    I see it as a legal and a moral obligation to render unto caesar, so to speak. Outside of that, my eyes have been opened. It's so easy to believe the dream that we're all this nice, happy, unified nation where we all get along, but that's obviously a fairy tale.

    Patriotism is for fools. What is America? It's a blend of things I like and things I dislike. If this country fell apart, as long as me and my family were OK, I wouldn't mind much.

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Paying taxes isn't really a legal obligation unless you become moderately successful, as is evidenced by a large number of Americans who don't pay income taxes. Imo, it really sucks that you have the choice to live as a pauper and not pay taxes, or achieve the American dream and pay for that accomplishment. Taxes are way too high for everyone paying them, and I don't consider it a moral obligation, nor a legal one, unless I put myself in the position of having to. It's basically a penalty for having intelligence, work ethic, and the drive to succeed.

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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I see it as a legal and a moral obligation to render unto caesar, so to speak. Outside of that, my eyes have been opened. It's so easy to believe the dream that we're all this nice, happy, unified nation where we all get along, but that's obviously a fairy tale.

    Patriotism is for fools. What is America? It's a blend of things I like and things I dislike. If this country fell apart, as long as me and my family were OK, I wouldn't mind much.
    I can understand you point of view, but I still don't see it as an obligation to render unto Caesar.......... because far too many people aren't doing it. It's just the price you pay for your monetary successes in life. There is NO moral obligation to a government.
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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    I voted "to pay taxes" because that's my legal obligation. My sense of patriotism disappeared yesterday. I have no president.
    yes you do, his name is Barack Hussein Obama and just because your side lost the vote doesnt make him any less your president unless you care to renounce your citizenship and move overseas.

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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    Our government is like an asshole of a landlord. You don't have to like them, but as long as you're here, you should pay your rent.

    Unless the south wants to rise again, I'd be all for that. LOL.

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I can understand you point of view, but I still don't see it as an obligation to render unto Caesar.......... because far too many people aren't doing it. It's just the price you pay for your monetary successes in life. There is NO moral obligation to a government.

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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    Quote Originally Posted by Krhazy View Post
    What do you consider your duties as an American? Include both duties you consider to be mandatory and those you consider moral in nature.
    None Only one of the above.
    I have no obligation to anyone or anything, except to pay any taxes, I'm legally obligated to pay and to leave everyone else alone.

    That's it.
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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    There were two that gave me pause. I checked one and not the other. Our interests is too vague for me. Iraq for example is a case where some called it in our interest. I don't. So, I'd have to have something more specific. I also took pause on promoting freedom. Promoting is the key word. Not enforcing or imposing. Encouragement is fine. Invading to spread is not.

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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    Barack Hussein Obama can kiss my ass. I will pay my taxes, and obey the law, but he will never have any love from me, that's for sure. He's not my president.

    Quote Originally Posted by roflpublican View Post
    yes you do, his name is Barack Hussein Obama and just because your side lost the vote doesnt make him any less your president unless you care to renounce your citizenship and move overseas.

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    Re: Your Duties As An American

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Barack Hussein Obama can kiss my ass. I will pay my taxes, and obey the law, but he will never have any love from me, that's for sure. He's not my president.
    he is your president, regardless, until you give up your citizenship. that's how a republican democracy works.

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