US Citizenship Test 2019 Naturalization Interview (Principles of American Democracy)

US Citizenship Test 2019 Naturalization Interview (Principles of American Democracy)

Congratulations! You are about to become a citizen of the United States of America but first you’ve got to pass a
test. I’m Tom Richey. I’ve been teaching US history and government for about 15
years now and I’m gonna help you and if you pay attention I bet you’re going to
pass. Now, in this first part we’re gonna focus on principles of American
democracy. Out of a hundred questions, twelve
questions are going to be specifically focused on this topic which is going to
have to do with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and a few things about
the American way of doing things. So with no further ado as my friend Reno says, let’s have a look. First of all, we need to start with the idea of the rule of
law. In the United States, everyone is expected to obey the law –
even our leaders. No one is above the law. Now, where do our laws come from? What is the supreme law of the land? The supreme law of the land is the Constitution. The
United States Constitution was written by the Founding Fathers at the
Constitutional Convention, so remember when you’re hearing about the
Constitutional Convention that is where the Founding Fathers wrote the
Constitution. And they did so in the year 1787, so remember that 1787 is the year
that the Constitution was written. It’s one of a few years that you’re going to
have to know for this test. What does the Constitution do? The Constitution does a
few things. The Constitution, first of all, sets up the government – the form of our
government. It defines our government’s powers, and most importantly, the
Constitution protects the basic rights of Americans. The first three words of
the Constitution are, “We the People,” and these words express the idea of American self-government. The power of our government in the United States comes
from the people – specifically, We the People. The Constitution has been amended
a few times now what we mean when we say an amendment to the Constitution that is
when there is a change to the Constitution. When the
Constitution has changed, it’s amended or added to. Okay? You can think of an
amendment as an addition but let’s just think about this as a change to the
Constitution. Our Constitution has been amended 27 times so you want to make
sure you understand that there are 27 amendments to the United States
Constitution and of those 27 amendments, 10 of those amendments were added almost
immediately. The first 10 amendments of the Constitution are called the Bill of
Rights. The Bill of Rights protects a lot of our essential freedoms as Americans.
Five of those freedoms are included in the First Amendment to the Constitution:
freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly, and petition. These are all
First Amendment rights of which you may be called upon to name only one. I think
the easiest one here is freedom of speech just going into your test
knowing that freedom of speech is protected by the First Amendment. Now, you
can also be asked a specific question about freedom of religion in the United
States. Now, freedom of religion includes two things: first of all, the freedom to
practice any religion you want. Secondly, it also includes the freedom not to
practice any religion, at all. The Declaration of Independence declared our
independence from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson – my boy – he wrote the
Declaration of Independence, so remember that Thomas Jefferson was the principal
author of the Declaration of Independence. My boy, Thomas Jefferson. And
on July 4th 1776, that was the date that the Declaration of Independence was
adopted, so remember you had 1787 for the year of the Constitution but you need to
also note 1776 and specifically July 4th because that is when Americans celebrate
Independence Day. You’ll have to identify a few American holidays and this is a good one to remember. July 4th is the American
Independence Day. And there are three rights that are listed in the
Declaration of Independence. These rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of
happiness. Now, on your test, you’ll be asked to name two I think it’s going to
be easy thinking in terms of just naming life and liberty, so just go in there
Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776, Thomas Jefferson, Independence Day, life and liberty and there you go. The United States economy is referred to
either as a capitalist economy or as a market economy. These are two words that
mean the same thing so you can use either of those terms to describe the
United States economy. And that sums up the basic principles of American
democracy. In the next segment, I’m going to go into
the American system of government, so I hope that you’ll continue with me and if
you do I bet you’re gonna pass this exam. Again, I’m Tom Richey, and it is an honor
to help you to prepare to become a citizen of my country.
Welcome to the United States of America! [Star Spangled Banner Plays]


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    Brainstorming Plus

    First and foremost, well done and definitely keep it up! But as a side note, unfortunately it seems that IT'S NOT TRUE that no one is above the law. Just remember of: Prince Andrew (Epstein case), Trump & MBS (to mention just the latest 3). Again, keep it up!

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    I have to dissagree on capitalist economy and market economy beeing the same thing. The things definingabout a capitalist economy is firstly that it is a market economy, and secondly the private ownership of the means of production. A market economy without private ownership of these is, at least theoretically, possible.

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    Belle Wood

    3:00 Thank you for telling me this only after My American Federal Government midterm. I did get a 99, though 🤷‍♀️

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    Just passed the citizenship test on with 90 % score. I'm not an American, nor have I ever been there or to any other English speaking country. I'm just a regular joe from Afghanistan.

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    Anthony R.

    As a natural born American citizen I gotta say this series is of the upmost importance. Not only is this a helpful resource for immigrants. It is also a great refresher on what it means to be an American. Thank you for reminding me why I'm proud to be an American.

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    Lisa Dixon

    I helped someone study for it a few years ago and he became a citizen 🙂 It was awesome!
    That said some of the answers have changed. Back then the SOTH was John Bohner. 😮

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