Being a citizen goes way beyond merely asserting your "rights" to be. First, you must know what your rights are and know where they came from and know how our system of government works and how that came about. Otherwise, in my view at least, maybe you don't need to be voting, let alone discharging other duties of citizenship. Newsweek (for what that might be worth) asserts that most Americans don't know diddly about our system of government. Do you? Try this simple test and see how you do: How Ignorant Are Americans? - Newsweek You don't need to declare your score. I'm not.