A good citizen is not just a person who votes all the time. A good citizen works between elections to take on an injustice, or participate in a local, state, or national institutions. Whether it’s the schools, or the town meetings, or whether it’s a national citizen group to reform government or improve the campaign finance mess — there are roles for citizens. It involves time and talent, determination, resiliency, the ability to communicate and to say to one and all: The Constitution is not just a parchment to be saluted on the Fourth of July. It’s a document that gives you living rights and responsibilities which we should take hold of. Because democracy is like a coral reef; it’s built up little by little by little. You look at it, and it looks so beautiful, but the reverse is true, too. It deteriorates little by little. When you don’t stand up to someone who is abridging your rights, when you don’t report someone who is violating the norms or the laws of the community — and I’m not just talking about burglaries or vandalism, I’m talking about someone who basically coerces people against their Constitutional rights — if you don’t do that, next time, more of these misbehaving people are going to say, “We can get away with it. We got away with it last month, we can move even deeper into eroding people’s rights.” So it’s important for young people to grow up learning their rights because if you don’t know your rights, how are you going to use your rights? As my parents said, “If you don’t use your rights, you are eventually going to lose your rights.”