Minimum Requirements for Good Citizens and Deserving Individuals

Background and motivation

  1. An IDEAL good citizen is indeed hard-working and industrious.
  2. We do still want to provide social services to those who are DESERVING, even if they are not working.
  3. WORK includes non-employment activities such as education, homemaking, caregiving, volunteering, and artistic endeavors.
  4. Being deserving means behaving as a RESPONSIBLE member of society.
  5. Irresponsible behavior should not be REWARDED with unearned social benefits.

Distinction between Deserving and Undeserving Individuals

  • Children
  • Students
  • Elderly
  • Retired
  • Disabled
  • Treated mental illness
  • Recent immigrants
  • Victims of accident, disease, abuse, or other trauma
  • Recently released prisoners
  • Unemployed AND actively seeking work
  • Visitors from other countries (non-citizens, by definition)
  • Criminal behavior
  • Convicted prisoners
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Laziness
  • Intentional misbehavior
  • Acting out
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Untreated mental illness — refusing treatment
  • Substance abuse
  • Gang activity
  • Generally negative attitude towards society
  • Overly-grumpy and disdainful of society, rules, and authority in general
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Refusing to seek work
  • Illegal immigrants (may not feel they are subject to U.S. laws, rules, or authority)
  • Irresponsible immigrants (may not feel they are subject to U.S. laws, rules, or authority)
  • Unruly visitors from abroad (may not feel they are subject to U.S. laws, rules, or authority)

Requirements for Good Citizens

  1. Hard-working — put in the effort.
  2. Industrious — diligently attempt to accomplish something meaningful in that work.
  3. Obey laws.
  4. Follow rules.
  5. Respect authority.
  6. General respect for others.
  1. Compliance with requirements is voluntary.
  2. Compliance with requirements is enthusiastic.

Requirements for Deserving Individuals

  1. Obey laws.
  2. Follow rules.
  3. Respect authority.
  4. General respect for others.
  1. Compliance with requirements is voluntary.
  2. Compliance with requirements is enthusiastic.

Deserving Individual requirements are a subset of Good Citizen requirements

  1. Hard-working — put in the effort.
  2. Industrious — diligently attempt to accomplish something meaningful in that work.
  3. Deserving — meets all requirements of a Deserving Individual.

Voluntary compliance

  1. Voluntarily obey laws.
  2. Voluntarily follow rules.
  3. Voluntarily respect authority.
  4. Voluntarily show general respect for others.
  1. Voluntarily hard-working — put in the effort.
  2. Voluntarily industrious — diligently attempt to accomplish something meaningful in those hours.
  3. Voluntarily deserving — meets all requirements of a deserving individual.
  1. Voluntarily hard-working — put in the effort.
  2. Voluntarily industrious — diligently attempt to accomplish something meaningful in those hours.
  3. Voluntarily obey laws.
  4. Voluntarily follow rules.
  5. Voluntarily respect authority.
  6. Voluntarily show general respect for others.

Enthusiastic compliance

  1. Voluntarily and enthusiastically obey laws.
  2. Voluntarily and enthusiastically follow rules.
  3. Voluntarily and enthusiastically respect authority.
  4. Voluntarily and enthusiastically show general respect for others.
  1. Voluntarily and enthusiastically hard-working — put in the effort.
  2. Voluntarily and enthusiastically industrious — diligently attempt to accomplish something meaningful in those hours.
  3. Voluntarily and enthusiastically deserving — meets all requirements of a deserving individual.
  1. Voluntarily and enthusiastically hard-working — put in the effort.
  2. Voluntarily and enthusiastically industrious — diligently attempt to accomplish something meaningful in those hours.
  3. Voluntarily and enthusiastically obey laws.
  4. Voluntarily and enthusiastically follow rules.
  5. Voluntarily and enthusiastically respect authority.
  6. Voluntarily and enthusiastically show general respect for others.

Foreign visitors

Work

  • Employment
  • Military service
  • Homemaker
  • Caregiver
  • Running your own business
  • Starting a new business
  • Freelance work
  • Part-time work
  • Volunteer work
  • Studying and training in preparation for work
  • Independent research
  • Writing and artistic endeavors
  1. Putting in serious and diligent EFFORT at some endeavor.
  2. Seriously attempting to ACCOMPLISH something meaningful with that effort.

Extended leave

  • Taking off a year to be with family.
  • Taking time off for medical or health reasons.
  • Taking time off for caregiving.
  • Sabbatical.
  • Traveling the world.
  • To study for a new occupation.
  • To start a business.
  • To engage in independent research.
  • To engage in writing.
  • To engage in artistic endeavors.

Retired

Disabled

Homeless

  1. Voluntarily obey laws.
  2. Voluntarily follow rules.
  3. Voluntarily respect authority.
  4. Voluntarily show general respect for others.

Social benefits

  • Social services needed even by good citizens.
  • Benefits needed to fill the gap between what good citizens can afford and the more limited resources of deserving individuals who fall short of the ideal.
  • Due process of law.
  • Respect by authorities and law enforcement.
  • Public facilities.
  • Public parks.
  • Public entertainment.
  • Public education.
  • Public libraries.
  • Public infrastructure, including power, water, waste, communication, food production and distribution.
  • Emergency response.
  • Unemployment income.
  • Disability income.
  • Retirement income.
  • Educational services.
  • Services for the elderly.
  • Services for the retired.
  • Services for infants and children.
  • Services for parents of infants and children.
  • Health care.
  • Housing.
  • Legal assistance.

Arrest

Civil disobedience

  • Pulling away from the grasp of the arresting officer.
  • Refusing to move when grasped by the arresting officer.
  • Pushing.
  • Shoving.
  • Kicking.
  • Spitting.
  • Biting.
  • Throwing objects.
  • Yelling or screaming.
  • Running (after being arrested).
  • Refusing reasonable requests and orders after being arrested.

Minimum requirements

  • Paying taxes.
  • Possible military service (if the draft were to be reinstated.)
  • Jury duty.
  • Voting.
  • Keeping informed on all relevant issues so participation in voting can be well-informed.
  • Civility.

Civility

  • Participation in education and youth activities.
  • Recycling and responsible use of resources such as water and electricity.
  • Participation in government as appropriate.

Conclusion

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