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 LIBERTY LOVERS’ OATH (Bill of Rights paraphrased)

by Roberta N. Tuthill

We, as true Liberty Lovers, for freedom of speech firmly stand.

No dictates on how we may worship, intrusions on faith issues banned,

With freedom for all information confirmed to be valued and true.

Petitions for redress of grievance, and peaceful assemblies not few.

Our guns are held for protection from all that may threaten to harm.

Each State free to form a militia and guard against any alarm.

No soldiers to be lodged among us, encroaching our lives without leave.

No seizure nor search without warrant; till probable cause, we’ve reprieve.

The firm right to face our accusers, and mount adequate self-defense;

To be tried by a jury of equals, on the basis of true common sense.

Secure in our lives and possessions; requiring due process of law.

Our God-ordained rights are protected; His justice is pure, without flaw.

No exorbitant fees to be levied, nor cruel punishments be applied.

Rights not here explicitly stated cannot be assumed as denied.

All powers not here designated, nor prohibited here to the States,

Are reserved to the States and the people. Free under God, no debates!

© 2/24-6/15/2010, Roberta N. Tuthill (1923- ) Descendant of Am. Rev. Patriots John and Phoebe (Corwin) Tuthill.

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By Roberta N. Tuthill, © 12/16/2009 

Some folks in this “Great Generation,” considering freedoms we’ve lost,

Woke up one sad day and considered what the loss of all freedoms might cost!

We gathered together and pondered what steps we could take, now, to save

The much-valued freedoms some squander for free hand-outs from cradle to grave.

When folks say: “Too late,” I say: “No way; while life lasts it’s never ’too late’!”

My ancestors’ blood surges in me, defies fatalism’s cruel fate!


As brave ones, we will not surrender our God-given right to be free

To live on the fruits of our labor, take our chances, with no guarantee!

Judging our liberty foremost of the rights our Forefathers foresaw,

We’re banding together in protest of widespread disregard for the Law!

The rights in the first Ten Amendments, without which all else would have failed,

Are the sticking-point now for defenders of the Document that then prevailed.


The question that President Lincoln set forth in his famous Address,

Has, once again, come front-and-center, in this time of our Nation’s great stress.

Can this nation, conceived with true freedom as the basis of government’s goal,

That all men are created equal, not meant for another’s control —

A proposal with true dedication, a noble concept never tried

In all the past history of mankind — will continuance now be denied?


Will men of true faith and conviction risk all in this Battle for Right?

Will women stand, shoulder-to-shoulder, hold aloft Lady Liberty’s Light?

Will the slothful become energetic, take responsibility

For self-support, seeking employment, if able-bodied they be?

When all who produce, robbed by taxes, have “shared” more than they could afford,

With all stripped to poverty’s level, what will be socialism’s reward?


Will we be like those gone before us who rose to the crises they faced,

Refused to give in or surrender, stood for causes on righteousness based?

No matter what odds were against them, resisted with all of their might,

Gave the last measure of their devotion, pressed on in the battle for right.

Let our voices arise in crescendo, till the Congress and President hear,

Return power to the States and the people, restoring our freedoms so dear!


The tyranny others now suffer by ignoring such warning signs clear,

Should cause us to Stop! Look! And listen! To recognize crisis is near!

Turn back from the brink of disaster, consider our ways and be wise,

Resist the temptation to squander the brief time we have, and arise

To accomplish the task now before us, believing our Cause to be just.

As we take God’s side in this crisis, in His power we surely can trust!


–Roberta N. Tuthill, © 12/16/2009, Descendant of American Revolution Patriots, John and Phoebe Tuthill.

wed 1763. He served, and her father, Samuel Corwin, signed the Engagement to Support the Revolution.

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