Question: What makes a good citizen? A good citizen has both rights and responsibilities . A right is something that any American citizen can do like freedom of speech and speaking your mind. A responsibility is something that you should do that you have the responsibility to elect a representative to serve your country. It is also a responsibility to stay informed with society. You should also obey the laws and pay your taxes so you won't get in trouble with your authorities such as the government or the police, the taxes we pay goes toward schools and other buildings and highways.